By Johnny B’
The Illinois Professional Boxing Official’s Clinic went on as scheduled Saturday at the Leyden Boxing Gym in Leyden Township near Melrose Park Illinois. Officials shared stories about unusual situations and dealing with unforeseen circumstances.
The judges spent a good amount of time going over rare rounds where a 10-8 could be scored without a knockdown. Also discussed was the ongoing debate over the extremely rare instance when a 10-10 round might be permissible. Judges in attendance included Ted Gimza, Alan Rosin, Jerry Jakubco, Robert Hecko, Mauro Di Fiore, Jim LeBel and Bill Lerch.
The referees shared unusual experiences that they have had to deal with in past bouts. One of the situations that they all agreed on was how to deal with problematic corners. Everyone was on the same page and would never punish the boxer. The decision was unanimous, remove the unruly cornerman and continue on with the bout. In attendance and participating were Gerald Scott, Gino Rodriguez, Dr. David Smith and Pete Podgorski.
Timekeepers, Tina Wonogas and Barney Harrell joined in and spoke about the importance of working hand in hand with the referees.
Ron Puccillo long time Illinois boxing director also joined the group and gave valuable input. Leyden boxing director John Nocita listened in on the seminar and suggested a possible future clinic for boxing coaches and licensed seconds that work the corners for professional bouts.
The attending officials agreed that the get-together was well worthwhile. A brief discussion was held about the need to have a future Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) certification clinic held in the Chicago area.