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IBF 30th convention day 4 report and photos

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Day 4, the final full day of the 30th annual IBF convention, started off with the medical seminar. Three doctors gave their prepared lectures, and also touched on the medical situation that arose from the brutal knockout at last night’s show in Berlin.

Dr. Rick Weinstein, Orthopaedic surgeon and Director of Sports Medicine with the New York Athletic Commission, talked about a myriad of bone injuries. Boxing has it’s share of ortho injuries, especially regarding the bones of the hand, neck, ribs, shoulders and facial area.

Dr. Anthony Curreri of Cabrini Medical Center delivered a talk entitled “Ocular Complications Associated with Boxing.” Along with bone injuries and cuts, eye injuries are prevalent in the sport. Injuries such as the eye cuts which Vitlai Klitscho suffered against Lennox Lewis and the retinal detachment of “Sugar” Ray Leonard were discussed.

Dr. Paul Wallace, renowned ringside physician dermatologist and plastic surgeon talked about an interesting, yet growing and relevant topic in sports: SEX. Wallace started off showing several photos of beautiful women on a large projection screen. This was SEX in a different mode however. This was about transgender athletes in sports- boxing or otherwise. Each woman in the photos shown by Wallace was in fact a man-to-woman transgender! Everything from hormone level testing, to when a transgender athlete will be allowed to compete in their “new” gender category, and privacy acts came up for discussion.

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The afternoon session brought the judges seminar. Veteran judges Glenn Feldmann, Tom Miller and Pawel Kardyni lectured and screened various boxing rounds for training purposes.

During Feldmann’s segment of the seminar, rounds eleven and twelve of Juan Manuel Lopez vs Rogers Mtagwa were shown.

Kardyni’s segment was on the judge’s responsibility in using score cards. The IBF has revised their score cards, and now includes a box for point deductions, which were lacking previously.

Miller provided helpful tips on the ins and outs of taking an assignment as a judge. Overseas assignments require great diligence in planning every detail from how to pack, discussing your assignment with a fellow air traveler, knowing how you’re going to get to your hotel and your hotel address.

Boxing judge Matt Podgorski discussed his patent-pending “Pod Index” system. The system quantitatively evaluates judges’ consistency in scoring fights, against their peers scoring the same fight.

As Podgorski explains, “It’s simply a measure of round-by-round consistency with other judges.” The judges also have their fights divided into “most competitive,” “somewhat competitive,” and “less competitive.” This is important for example because some judges may have a run of having judged more competitive, or difficult fights as opposed to those judges who have had many “easy” fights, ie. less competitive.

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IBF legal counsel Linda Torres has informed Fightnews that the IBF will adopt the Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) policy of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards. The IBF has developed a first draft of their proposed adaptation of the WADA policies and will review it with the IBF medical committee tomorrow at the closing meeting of their convention in Berlin.




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