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Elevate the Judges

Literally.

This is how Joe Cortez proposes to fix, or at the very least alleviate, bad scoring in boxing. I think it's good that he's at least exploring options and proposing solutions, not just bitching about it.

Anyway I'm not sure if this had been posted here already, this is an old, old article, but I don't think I have come across it here (yes I'm too lazy to search). I think this is worth sharing, especially since a lot of bad scoring had been dumped upon us recently:

Veteran referee Joe Cortez understands the frustration of fans who can’t understand how judges arrive at some decisions, a glaring problem that has reached a crisis point in recent months.

The difference between Cortez and those who complain idly is that he believes he has a solution.

Cortez’s concept – which he calls Cortez 20/20 – is simple, yet one wonders whether it could revolutionize judging for both boxing and mixed martial arts: Elevate the judges.

The idea is to have the judges sit a few feet behind their current positions but on eight-foot stools, with their heads about three feet higher than those of the fighters. You might compare it to a chair umpire in tennis. From that perch, the judges theoretically would have a better view of the action because obstacles – the ropes, the ref, sometimes bright lights – would no longer be a factor.

Is it worth a try, or does the problem of bad scores go way, way deeper than just a matter of perspectives?

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/175657-from-the-pages-of-the-ring-magazine-a-new-perspective


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