By Karl Freitag
The WBC’s “Open Scoring” rule allows the fighters, their corners and the audience to become aware of the official scores of the judges at the end of the fourth and eighth rounds. According to the WBC, the benefit is that “fighters and their corners are given the opportunity to adjust their strategy and make the fight more competitive and dramatic.”
The main knock against open scoring is in the event a fighter finds out he’s built an insurmountable lead, he can basically coast the last few rounds and still get the win.
Open scoring was used in Saturday night’s fight between unified super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and Mauricio Herrera. After round four we knew the scores were 40-36, 39-37 for Garcia and 38-38. After eight rounds we knew that Garcia was ahead 78-74 and 77-75 on two cards, while Herrera was up on one card 77-75.
The last four rounds delivered good two-way action, so one could say open scoring did its job this time.
Open scoring was also being used in Deontay Wilder’s fight with Malik Scott, however Wilder made it a mute point by laying out Scott in the first round.