Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn believes boxing referees and judges should be held accountable for their actions.
In boxing, it’s become all too common for judges to have outrageous scorecards that don’t make the least bit of sense.
This was prevalent just this past weekend when one judge scored the tight light middleweight title unification clash between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano as 117-111 in favor of the former.
There are many examples of this throughout history as well and Hearn believes it’s time for judges as well as referees to explain themselves rather than just go on about their day (via Michael Benson).
“I think that judges and referees should be accountable for their actions on TV and in front of the media,” Hearn said. “You should be allowed to explain. You shouldn’t just do your job and then the commission or governing body say, ‘Don’t talk to anyone, just go.'”
If this were the case, it would keep judges honest and perhaps prevent comical scorecards from ever happening again if they had to explain themselves.
After all, one scorecard can alter not only the result of the fight, but the career of the fighter.
Do you agree with Hearn?