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WBA looks to reduce controversial decisions

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA is seeking to try to modify the current “10-point must” scoring system in an effort to reduce controversial decisions. Currently a boxer gets a 10-9 whether he clearly wins a round or whether he has a slight edge. The WBA has proposed a new system where the boxer clearly winning a round gets the full 10-9 score, whereas a boxer who wins a close round would only get 10 to 9.5.

The WBA is already using half-point scoring in Fedelatin and Fedebol regional fights, but the last weekend the system was used in Peru in the interim world title fight between champion Alberto Rossel and challenger Karluis Diazwas. It’s expected that very soon the half-point will be used in NABA, PABA and European title fights.

Apparently boxing commissions as Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, Nicaragua and Peru have agreed to deploy the half point. It’s also known that WBA President Gilberto Mendoza recently presented the merits of the system to The Association of Boxing Commissions in the United States.

There is a possibility that a formal decision will be reached to utilize the half-point worldwide at the 2012 WBA convention in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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