Here's the full text of the WBC newsletter with their negative
views of open scoring:
Updated 8:58 AM ET May 3, 1999
President Sulaiman on Open Scoring Test
WBC President Jose Sulaiman said today, The WBC implemented for the first
time a test of open scoring in Washington, DC, on April 24th, where the
judgess scores were announced after the fourth, eighth, and final round of
each fight on the card. The WBC also requested the state commissions of
Texas and Nevada, and the national commissions of Japan and the Philippines
to support the use of this pilot plan. Mario Latraverse of Montreal, the WBC
representative at the fight in Washington, filed his report with a negative
opinion and recommendation of the pilot open scoring plan.
Included in his report were three points:
That the protocol and tradition at the end of the bouts absolutely
disappeared, and many boxing fans walked away before the final announcement
of the scores, as they already knew who won. He added that there was no
drama, no surprise, no cheers or boos, simply indifference rather than
e***ment at the end of the bouts.
One boxer who knew he was ahead on the scorecards starting running and
clinching in the last three rounds and made a very boring fight, to the
disenchantment of the fans.
Mr. Latraverse did not find any improvement whatsoever in regards to the
scoring. To the contrary, he found a negative effect. He spoke to one judge,
whose scoring was at odds with the other two, who said that the boos from
the crowd made him try to bring his score closer to the others rather than
score what he saw in the ring. The judge wrote me a letter after the fight
saying that he felt embarrassment and outside pressure at the fight.
Mr. Latraverse also informed the WBC that he had spoken to two cornermen who
said that if their fighter was ahead on points and cut by a headbutt, they
would not hesitate to work for the fight to be stopped and win on a
technical decision even if their fighter was able to continue; that they
would want a victory regardless.
The boxing commissions that we contacted in Texas, Japan, and the
Philippines stated that they would use the pilot system but only very
reluctantly, as they had full commission meetings with unanimous opposition
to the system. The Nevada commission stated to us that they absolutely
opposed the open scoring system. All of the commissions said that they felt
there were more negative points than positive with open scoring.
Consequently, the WBC will not use open scoring in any state or nation that
objects. However, we believe that the test should continue until the month
of August in the jurisdiction of any commission that would like to
participate. We do not want to leave out any possibility that could improve
the present conditions in boxing. We want to take a thorough report of the
effects of open scoring to the WBCs upcoming convention in Moscow for a
final decision by the WBC.
We would like to congratulate Don King for his efforts for open scoring in
Washington, DC, and Bob Arum for his efforts in Nevada. Both promoters were
trying to improve boxing. I would also like to say that the WBC is very
proud its ring officials, who perform at a consistently high level with only
occasional, human mistakes. We will, however, continue looking for every
possible way to improve their performances.
The WBC Board of Governors has voted to organize and sponsor a world
congress for ring officials in January, 2000. The cities being considered
are Las Vegas, Los Angeles, London, and Mexico City. Every single boxing
commission in the world and every ring official, regardless of their
affiliations, will be invited. The coordinators will be chosen from the most
respected boxing commissioners in the world.
Day of mourning ...
Masaki Kanehira, one of the most active and well-known promoters in the
history of Japan, has passed away after a long and painful disease. The WBC
has declared a day of world mourning in his honor.
Get well wishes ...
Jean Guy Prescott of Montreal, an executive member of the NABF and WBC,
recently suffered a heart attack, but we are happy to report to all of his
friends in boxing that he is expected to make a full recovery soon.
Pension approved for former champion ...
The WBC Board of Governors has unanimously voted a food and medical pension
for former bantamweight world champion and Algerian-French hero Alphonse
Halimi of France. Halimi is suffering from Alzheimers disease and living in
Championship news ...
Keith Holmes, 32-2, 21 KOs, of Washington, DC, regained the world
middleweight title with a TKO victory against defending champion Hassine
Cherifi, 26-3-1, 17 KOs, of Lyon, France, in a close and competitive fight.
Holmes rocked Cherifi in the seventh round, and an unanswered barrage of
punches brought in referee Frank Cappucchino to stop the fight at 2:13 of
(4.24.99 Washington, DC)
In front of 15,000 fans at the historic Araneta Coliseum in Manila, the site
of the "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975, flyweight world champion Manny Pacquiao,
25-1, 16 KOs, Philippines, defended the title for the first time with a
fourth-round knockout win against Gabriel Mira, 19-8-1, 15 KOs, of Mexico.
Mira started fast and rocked Pacquiao twice in the second round, but
Pacquiao rallied to knock down Mira later in the round. Pacquiao scored
another knockdown in the third round, and three more in the fourth to finish
the fight at 2:45.