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Re: What to do about boxing judges?
I am always a fan of systems, in this case. I believe that judges should be rated class A, B, C, D, E etc.
Now fights would have to be ranked in order of importance:
A. Title fight
C. top 20 ranked fighters
D. top 50 ranked fighters
E. lower ranks, etc.
F. unsanctioned fights
This system of 6 ranks is simply for example and I'm not married to the idea. Now everyone starts as an F, in order to go from F to E judges would have to go through a certification program (fees can pay for the classes) that explains how to score a fight and includes testing and approval from a sanctioning body.
Now to move up from E to D a judge must judge 10 fights at lower levels without recourse from a sanctioning body. If the judge is found to be inept the cert can be revoked and the judge goes back an F status, otherwise they can apply to move up to D status.
This will continue from D to C, C to B and B to A. This makes incentive (bigger paydays) based on a successful track record as opposed to just knowing someone.
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