Saturday 17 March 2018

Five judges to count

Michael Conlan: controversial decisions
Michael Conlan: controversial decisions

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced they're going back to the future and will start using all five judges to score bouts in all grades in 2017.

Previously, five judges scored bouts under the 10-must scoring system, but only three judges' scores were used. None of the five judges knew which scores were kept until after the bout.

The move comes after August's Olympics where some controversial decisions, including Michael Conlan's loss to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin, led to all 36 refs and judges in Rio being sidelined pending the result of an investigation.

AIBA also said they'll start using an electronic system to select judges for bouts, a move which will ally concerns that the selection process for judges in Rio for certain bouts was, allegedly, being manipulated.

Five judges were used at the recent World Youth Championships in Russia, where Michael Nevin and Gabriel Dossen won double bronze for Ireland, as a pilot scheme for 2017.

Irish Independent

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