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WBA Convention: Day Four

Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 4 of the 91st annual WBA convention in Jakarta, Indonesia kicked off with the ring officials seminars. Both Judges and referees listened to lectures and input from Gustavo Padilla, Carlos Sucre, Luis Pabon, Tom Miller and Glenn Feldman.

Padilla delivered a power point presentation on referee conduct and preparation to start things off.

Respected judges Miller and Feldman conducted a scoring seminar wherein everyone in attendance watched and scored fights presented on video, with the audio off. Miller presented the first fight- the WBA Female Interim Flyweight title fight from last February 25, between champion Arely Muciño and Melissa McMorrow. The fight was highly competitive and resulted in a split decision for Muciño via scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 93-97. The result in the judging here at the seminar was also very divided, some seeing it wide in either direction, while others had it close for either lady and some even had it a draw. Various judges in the audience were asked to chime in on their comments during this exercise. Las Vegas judge Robert Hoyle commended the exercise as well as the advice on concentration methods given by Miller.

Feldman recalled several recent controversial and closely scored fights, including Cloud-Campillo, Pacquiao-Bradley and the recent Malignaggi-Cano WBA Welterweight title fight in Brooklyn. In that fight, Feldman scored it wide for Cano 118-109, while fellow judges Nelson Vasquez and Tom Miller had it Malignaggi 114-113. Feldman discussed several outside factors that may have cause influences, which he admitted should not affect a a judge’s scoring. Upon reviewing the fight again in his hotel room here in Jakarta, he admitted to seeing it differently and admitted as much, to which he received standing applause from the panel, the gathered ring officials and WBA VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. Feldman went on to present a fight he worked between Edwin Rodriguez and Will Rosinsky- two undefeated fighters, nationally televised on Showtime in the USA. This fight was reviewed by the assembly with the sound ON. Time only permitted the last five rounds to be viewed and the assembly wasn’t asked to score the fight. The focus in this exercise was to see how the commentary by the broadcasters can influence the perception of who is winning or won a fight. The post fight comments by the Showtime team was also aired to the assembly and was in great disparity to what the actual judges saw.

After lunch, Carlos Sucre delivered a talk entitled: Justice vs. Perfection. Sucre elaborated on the definitions of these two words as well as why these qualities are indisputably necessary in in judging and refereeing a boxing match, if not other sports.

Dr. Habib Chamoun enhanced his past lectures from the Managua and Donetsk conventions with a lecture entitled Conflict Management in Combat Sports. A survey/test was administered afterward, evaluating the negotiation styles of individuals.

The end of the day was comprised of more unique refereeing cases presented by Raul Caiz and Luis Pabon. The knockdown and stoppage calls by the referees in Lucian Bute vs. Librado Andrade and Lucian Bute vs. Carl Froch, as well as a time out for doctor- cut eyes exam call in the Cloud vs. Campillo fight were all examined via video, then discussed.

A scenic night time tour of Jakarta was then embarked upon by the delegates.

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