We might actually be one small step closer to judges being held accountable for shitty scoring. And the real kicker? That small step was made in boxing, over last week’s Paul Williams vs Erislandy Lara fight:
After conducting a full review of the controversial scoring, the NJSACB concluded that there was “no evidence of bias, fraud, corruption or incapacity on the part of any of the judges,” and therefore, the government agency is not authorized to invalidate the decision or mandate a rematch, although the commissioners believe a return bout is warranted.
However, the NJSACB was “unsatisfied with the scoring of the contest, even after hearing the explanations from the judges.” Thus all three were placed on indefinite suspension and “required to undergo additional training prior to their return to professional boxing.”
So basically they were told to fuck off and not come back till they know how to score a goddamn fight. I feel like one of the Munchkins from Wizard of Oz, singing ‘Ding dong the witch is dead’ and various other emasculating tunes for a dwarvish 30’s movie extra wage.
If this can happen in boxing, surely it can be done in MMA, too? New Jersey is one of the best commissions in the US, and others often take cues from them. Perhaps the next time there’s a complete scoring cockup, we can pick up our torches and pitchforks and ask for an indefinite suspension instead of heads.