Olympic boxing to have major rule changes

By Gerardo Granados: Few readers must remember the name of Park Si-Hun; some could remember Zoe Shiming, maybe most boxing fans don’t recall the names. There is a hint, 1988 and 2012 summer Olympic games; another hint Kaeo Pongprayoon and a name you will be familiar with Roy Jones Jr.

According to ESPN Boxing expert Dan Rafael Olympic Boxing will make major changes on the scoring system. Now the men boxers wont use the head gear and the 10 must system will be implemented.

At the 1988 Olympic Games Roy Jones Jr. was robbed by the fight judges from a clear victory, after those games a new scoring system was adopted. But, the new system was not as effective as it should had been. The five fight judges had to push one button (one for each fighter) once they saw a clean punch but three of the judges had to push the button so the fighter would be awarded the point, this didn’t take out the personal appreciation of the fight; the knock downs did not give an extra point. Also you can see how only the hard core boxing fans follow the amateurs.

On the last 2012 summer Olympic Games Kaeo Pongprayoon lost a controversial decision and before him many other boxers did too. Will the new rules avoid any future controversial scoring? Maybe not but it is great that Olympic Boxing is looking forward to improve.

Olympic boxing favors slick boxers but without the head gear and now under the 10 must system and scoring 10 – 8 a knock down the competition could be leveled. Could this change increase the interest of the young talents to enter the Olympic national teams?

A friend of mine thinks that the head gear use reminds him of the sparring sessions and that without the use he would be more interested to watch. Do this means that the TV ratings could increase? Only time will tell if the modification on the scoring system will be a success but to be honest the personal appreciation and boxing taste will always make two judges to see and score a fight differently.

Not the less without the use of the head gear and the scoring rules modifications I will be more interested to watch Olympic boxing. Will the reader look forward to see the olympic fights after read this news?



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