By Gabriel F. Cordero
During Saturday’s WBA KO Drugs event in Kingston, Jamaica, the WBA tested a new electronic scoring system for use in the near future. The program was developed by the WBA technology department and utilizes tablets. The test was administered by twelve officials and allows scoring to be automatically tabulated to a database. “This makes it possible to see the scores on the Internet in real time through a particular web page,” said WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. “Moreover, as soon fights finish, all scores will be seen on the website of the World Boxing Association. This system enables different types of analysis of consistencies and judge’s scoring among others. We are innovating in boxing with such scoring systems.”
The system consists of an electronic card, which is seen on a tablet and where each judge score the bout just as on the traditional paper cards. “The idea of using this program is to replace paper cards, and allow greater transparency in the scoring,” added Mendoza.