By Duane Ford
Most routine rounds in boxing are scored 10-9 for the winner of the round. There are situations where a round may be scored 10-8 with and without a knockdown. I have found a very safe and fair way to use a 10-8. Take a very simple approach and not allow yourself to be confused. With that I have found the following to work quite well.
(This is a general rule; however there are many situations that good judgment must take place, rather than use the following.)
There are some states that recommend you give one point for winning the round and one point for the knockdown. However, I have found this simple formula to work for me therefore, the main thing is to keep it SIMPLE.
1. Give 2 points to a boxer who knocks down his opponent in a given round. Thereafter, (in the same round) give one point for additional knockdowns.
2. If a fighter, in your mind is losing the round (10-9) and he is able to knockdown his opponent he should be awarded 2 points therefore the score at that moment would be 10-9 for the boxer that was losing prior to the knockdown.
3. After the knockdown, pay close attention to see who is winning after the knockdown. A fighter may be able to pick up (win) a point for winning after he has been knocked down. However, this must be decisive in his performance after the knockdown.
It is important that a judge NOT evaluate the strength of a knockdown! By that, you still must give 2 points for the knockdown. Do not confuse yourself by trying to say, “It was a flash knockdown and the fighter got right back on his feet. A knockdown is a knockdown and gives him 2 points for the knockdown. he down fighter has the ability to come back and win points after he has returned to his feet.
In addition to being knocked down, there are situations where a fighter is winning so strongly that you could score a 10/8 WITHOUT a knockdown. (I hope to address this at a later date.)
Just keep it simple and you won’t get confused.
Duane Ford is presently licensed as a Ring Official Nevada State Athletic Commission.
He is also licensed by several states in the USA along with being licensed in several countries abroad. Furthermore, he was a former chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and served on the commission from 1984-1990. As a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he was one of the founding members of the Association of Boxing Commissions and served as president of this association. As a licensed boxing judge, he has performed over 100 world title bouts. Some of which are, Holmes vs Cooney, Holmes vs Ali, Hagler vs Antuofermo, Tyson vs Holyfield II, Leonard vs Hearns I, Gomez vs Sanchez, Tapia vs Ayala, Morales vs Barerra, and others. He regularly conducts seminars in different states and in the past has given seminars for the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC.)
Duane Ford is a native Nevadan and serves as President of D.B. Ford, Inc., which operates D.B. Ford Insurance Adjusters. In this capacity, he handles numerous liability claims, specializing in the area of Self Insured Retention (SIR) type of companies.
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