YOUTH OLYMPICS EXPERIMENTS WITH 10-POINT MUST SCORING
By Scott Shaffer
The 2014 Youth Olympic Games are under way in Nanjing, China, and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has changed the scoring system for this amateur competition to more closely resemble pro-style scoring. Under the new system, the winner of each round is awarded 10 points. Unlike the pros, there will be five ringside judges score the fight, but the scorecards of only three of them will be totalled to form the final score. The former computerized punch-count system has been discarded. That system was instituted to end corrupt judging (for example the corrupt judging of the 1988 Olympics that denied Roy Jones a gold medal). However, the punch-count system also produced many bad decisions in Olympic bouts. According to AIBA's website, the return to subjective scoring is success so far. “We think it is a better system, fairer, where they pick the three judges from the five,” said British coach Gary Hale. AIBA also hopes the new scoring system will improve fighter safety by shifting the focus to technical skills and ring dominance rather than punch volume. “It means the boxers have to engage and work more to get the points,” said Australia coach Marcus Wilson.