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Mickey Hel­liet En­ter­pris­ing pro­moter Box­ing’s not like foot­ball, judg­ing will al­ways be sub­jec­tive. We have to en­sure judges are in­de­pen­dent and ac­count­able, and there have to be se­ri­ous penal­ties – such as heavy fines – for wrong­do­ing. If peo­ple refuse to sign up for that, don’t use them. Paddy Fitz­patrick Top trainer Ev­ery­one has their own opin­ion. But a judge should be able to sit down with their peers af­ter­wards and ex­plain why they scored a round a cer­tain way. If your peers say you’re wrong, you should have to go on a course. You should be able to jus­tify your score. An­thony Far­nell For­mer wel­ter con­tender If it’s a re­ally bad de­ci­sion, judges must ex­plain them­selves. And after two strikes, they’re out! I know peo­ple see fights dif­fer­ent ways, but I think to be a judge, you have to know box­ing – be a fan, re­ally know the sport. Tommy Coyle Ex-bri­tish 140lb ti­tle chal­lenger What gets scored – ag­gres­sion, or coun­ter­punch­ing? I like the points scor­ing sys­tem on the com­puter that am­a­teur box­ing used to have. If a blow is landed, it gets recorded and you can ar­gue about it later on.

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