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A few things I've never understood about boxing...

Even though I've been a boxing fan for almost my entire life I don't pretend to be an expert and there's a few things that I've never really understood about our beloved sport. If any of you have answers or comments please feel free to share.

  • Why do we have the 10 point must system?  I mean why can't rounds be scored 1-0 or if there's a knockdown 2-0, 3-0 if there are two knockdowns, etc.? It'd make keeping score so much easier for those of us who suck at math.  Is there an actual purpose to having the winner of a round get 10 points that I don't know about or is it just an arbitrary score that was picked?
  • Why is boxing so against revealing the judges' scorecards round-by-round as they happen? I've heard the arguments that it will encourage fighters with safe leads to just coast and run the remainder of the fight leading to more snoozefests. But wouldn't it increase the drama as it would let the losing fighter (and the crowd) know that he FOR SURE has to go for the KO and can't afford to play it safe?  I've also read the argument that it takes away from the pageantry, suspense, and tradition of announcing the final score for fights that go the distance. This doesn't make any sense to me either. If the fight is a blowout everybody knows who's winning anyway. But if the fight is close I think it would enhance the drama and excitement DURING the fight as the crowd and fighters follow along. You don't see the NBA or NFL masking the scoreboard during close games keeping secret tally of the scores only to reveal the results after the game is over. The changing leads in the games are part of the drama and for close fights I think revealing round-by-round scores from the judges would ramp up the drama as well.
  • Speaking of judging, I've often noticed that in very close fights there will sometimes be one judge who scores it totally lopsided. Everyone jumps on that judge and says "how the hell could that judge have scored it by such a wide margin when it was such a close fight, is he/she blind??"  Am I missing something or does it not seem reasonable that a judge might see all the close rounds in favor of the fighter whose style he/she appreciates more. For example if the judge favors clean accurate punching to a volume puncher who isn't as accurate I can see how that judge would score all the close rounds in favor of the accurate fighter. Thus a lopsided scorecard in a close fight isn't all that outrageous to me.
Anyhow those are a few general things about boxing that I don't get. Like I said before anyone with thoughts/reactions please feel free to share.

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