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19 JUNE 2018

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Defending Herb Santos

Veteran boxing judge Herb Santos is the latest boxing official whose scorecard has come under intense (and as I will show) extremely unfair scrutiny from the so-called boxing experts. Despite being in the majority of choosing the eventual winner of the fight, Santos’ scoring of the recent J’Leon Love – Gabriel Rosado NABF Middleweight title fight in Las Vegas on May 4, 2013 has been the subject of discussion on many social media sites related to boxing.


If there was ever a judge who didn’t need defending, it would be Herb Santos. A practicing attorney in the state of Nevada since 1964, Santos has been a professional boxing judge since 1978 and has judged 18 world title fights. Yet his score of 97-92 in favor of J’Leon Love has been ridiculed as “absurd” and “unfair” by many in the boxing media.


The old adage, “the devils in the details” certainly applies to Herb Santos’ scorecard in this fight. Despite his seemingly overwhelming favoring of J’Leon Love during the fight, one must thoroughly inspect his scorecard on a round-by-round basis in order to fully judge the accuracy of Santos’ scoring.

As you can see on the attached scorecard, Judge Santos (along with Judge Moretti) were in the majority in 9 of the 10 rounds of that fight.  That means that in only 1 round was Judge Santos’ score the outlier compared to the other two judges.


In my opinion, a 90% accuracy rating in boxing (or any profession for that matter) is pretty damn good. 


So to all you boxing pundits and so-called experts who are quick to condemn and ridicule a judge’s score before you take the time to fully examine the details that went into that score, my advice is to you is this: take a step back, put yourself in the judge’s shoes and examine the scorecard first before you hop on the bandwagon of criticizing boxing officials.

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