Shawn Porter Unhappy With Boxing Judging System; Proposes A Solution

Shawn Porter has been left unhappy with the state of judging in boxing. 

His comments arrive on the back end of O’Shaquie Foster’s controversial split decision loss to Robson Conceicao. Foster was the WBC Super Featherweight Champion defending his belt for the third time. He was fighting on a Top Rank show, with whom he is currently signed. The Compubox numbers showed Foster outlanding his opponent with 25.1 percent of punches compared to Conceicao’s 10 percent. Foster also avoided getting touched up while countering with precision. However, the scorecards suggested otherwise, with Conceicao taking the decision: 116-112, 115-113, 116-112.

“I thought it was shutout. I don’t know. I don’t know, man. I thought it was easy. I thought it was an easy fight. I didn’t get touched except with a headbutt. I don’t know, man. I’ll be back. But I want the rematch. They stole this from me. They stole this fight from me. I just wanted to show the world I could bang it out, and if I want to, I don’t have to get touched. I guess it wasn’t good enough for the judges,” Foster said

Porter has now proposed a solution. He has called for former boxers to take up judging positions since, unlike most judges, they understand what it is like to be in the ring.

“You gotta get boxers around the ring because the people that are around the ring aren’t the people who have been in the ring. They don’t truly know what they are seeing. I am not gonna get mad and emotional, but the judges around the ring aren’t fighters, so they aren’t trained,” Porter stated


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