Re: The tradition of closed scoring
As much as i hate to say it .. It'd probably stick with closed scoring. I don't want to encourage running and I want to spur on the losing guy to get that highlight reel ko from behind. (Like a kevin Kelley vs Gainer ko) I guess my logic is that whiles, it would be great if the last few rounds of every bout, turned into a dog fight.... by the stage of the fight where this matters, its not really much of a secret anymore. Nor should it be.
Fighters know the game, the promoters, the networks, the commissions, the judges and the outright fuckery that exists in between them. If you can knock a guy out but need a scoreboard to tell you to do it late in the fight "or else", you probably deserve to lose. Runners and dancers rarely even needed to be clued in as to when they should get on their bike. Late in the fight its a lot easier for the guy who runs holds, spits out his mouth piece, pulls someone down with them , fakes an injury to get away with what they do than it is for someone who couldn't knock them out for 12 rounds, to suddenly turn around and find the magic bullet.
Now on the other hand if it resulted in more fighters saying "i have plenty of points to spare so let full nelson this guy and ram his head into the corner pad..." well, that could be interesting ..
They want your @$$ beat because upsets make news. News brings about excitement, excitement brings about ratings. The objective is to bring you up to the tower and tear your @$$ down. And if you don't believe that, you're crazy.
Roy Jones, Jr. "What I've Learned," Esquire 2003