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De La Hoya pushing for better referees and judges in 2012

Amir Khan Oscar De La HoyaBy William Mackay: In perhaps a knock at the referee and judges that ruled against Golden Boy Promotions potential mega star Amir Khan recently, Oscar De La Hoya is pushing for new training for judges and referees in boxing to improve their skills.

De La Hoya said on his twitter “I will reveal some plans we at Golden Boy have in store for 2012 and 2013. First boxing must change of train some judges and refs. Let’s push for better refs. For 2012, also replays would be helpful to make sure the right call is being made. Did I mention that judges and referee need to be retrained?”


This is got to be coming because of De La Hoya’s fighter Khan losing two points for shoving Lamont Peterson around the ring all night long in Khan’s recent poor performance in Washington, DC. The judges had the sense to see for themselves that Khan was stinking up the joint in the second half of the fight and just plain running instead of trying to fight.

Whenever he would stop, Khan would give Peterson a big shove to keep him away. We’re not talking an occasional small push; Khan was rearing back and shoving Peterson. And when Khan wasn’t pushing Peterson, he was grabbing him around the head pulling him forward in a move that I’ve ever seen Khan do on a consistent basis. In watching the same fight as I did, how could the judges not score rounds against Khan? He was fleeing like someone that ripped off a pie from a window.

It was just bad running and De La Hoya wants judges to be retrained to ignore that kind of stuff? And what about the fouls? Should referees ignore someone that’s just shoving and pulling down on another fighters’ head because the guy doesn’t have clue one to fight on the inside?

Instead of De La Hoya looking to have referees and judges retrained, he needs to convince Khan that he needs to dump his trainer Freddie Roach and find someone that can teach Khan how to fight on the inside without fouling and get him to stop running so much.

He’ll lose rounds in the future if he keeps running and fouling like that. Referees and judges have nothing to do with how terrible Khan fought. That was all him out there.

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