Boxing ring no place for sore losers

2013-03-10 10:00

The standard rule to win in boxing is simple: knock out (KO) your opponent and stay away from the controversy that for many years has and continues to overshadow the judging of boxing contests.

Most fights in which a winner is decided by the judges are somehow bound to upset the losing camp.

Accusations of being cheated or of match-fixing are often levelled against judges who, according to the rules governing the sport, have the responsibility to decide on a winner if and when a fight goes the distance without a KO or technical knockout (TKO).

Internationally acclaimed judge/referee Alfred Buqwana believes there is no such thing as “match-fixing” in boxing. He has officiated in some of the biggest bouts worldwide, including the 2002 world heavyweight title unification fight between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.

“The people who always complain about our scoring do not know the rules but, as trained professionals, we know our job,” he said.

According to the former Transvaal featherweight champion, the scoring system in boxing is very technical.

Sore losers, he argues, fail to notice the most basic foul play such as hitting the opponent on the back of the head, which can result in the deduction of point/s from the offender.

“The most important responsibility of officials is not to judge but rather to ensure fairness and ensure the playing ground is level,” highlighted Buqwana.

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