(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Olympic-style boxing has used the often maligned computer scoring system since the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, but the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships will showcase a revamped scoring program next week in Spokane, Wash. AIBA, the sport’s international federation, has adopted a 10-point must system for all Olympic-style boxing action both domestically and internationally. The top United States boxers will get their first taste of the new scoring design at the event, taking place April 1-6.
The computer scoring system was in place for 20 years, having been introduced after the controversy surrounding Roy Jones, Jr.’s bout against a home nation boxer in the championship bout of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
As in the previous scoring system, five judges will be stationed around the ring, but only three of the five judges’ scores will be used to determine the winner. A manual system for selecting the judges will be utilized at the USA Boxing National Championships with numbered ping pong balls determining which judges’ scores will count. The judges will not know until the bout is over whether or not their scores will be used.
The criteria the judges will be using to score each round will include: the number of quality blows landed on the target area, domination of the bout, competitiveness, technique, clean, effective scoring blows with good style and form, tactic, and infringement of the rules.
Following each round, the five judges will score the round based upon the following guidelines. A close round will be scored 10-9 and a clear round with dominance by one boxer will be graded 10-8. If one boxer shows total dominance in the round, the judge is to score the round 10-7. Should a boxer totally overmatch their opponent in a round, the judge will grant the winning boxer a 10-6 round. The difference between the 10-point must system in Olympic-style action versus professional boxing is that a knockdown in Olympic-style boxing will not automatically win the boxer the round. A knockdown or a standing eight count is just part of the equation in Olympic-style boxing; the score for the round will be based on an evaluation of the total performance in the period. The scores from the three judges selected to score the bouts will be read upon the completion of the match should the bout go to a decision.
In addition to the changes in the scoring system, the USA Boxing National Championships will be the first event in the United States to be contested without headgear for the elite men since 1984, and the mandatory youth division for boxers born in 1995 and 1996 will be introduced.
Nearly 500 boxers have registered for the tournament and the full event brackets will be released following the official draw on Sunday night. All of the participants will take part in a mandatory general weigh-in prior to being entered in the tournament draw.
The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships is being hosted by the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in conjunction with The Hub Sports Center and the Spokane Sports Commission. Athletes will arrive on March 30 and 31 with competition running from April 1-6. Tickets, which start at only $5, are on sale now through the Northern Quest box office and can be purchased at www.northernquest.com.
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).