Right or Wrong?
Scoring a fight and being completely adamant that you are right and someone else is wrong is totally, utterly stupid.  There, I’ve said it.  Of course when it is a one-sided walkover then anyone can be certain that Fighter A is the deserved winner.  It is when the bouts are close, when there are contentious moments or the water is muddied that you then start to see people lose their fucking minds that they are right and anyone who disagrees is wrong and frankly, it drives me mad.

Two high profile examples in very recent times; Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev and the weekend’s action between GGG and Danny Jacobs.  Respectively, Ward and GGG both won on points.  Ward’s was 114-113 across the board, Golovkin’s a unanimous decision and slightly wider in places.

Both close fights, both enjoyable fights.  Two of the best in their divisions, knockdowns, moments of controversy and all of this reflected by the interest of the boxing public.  But what it brings out is tribalism, falling out, people claiming adamantly that their view is correct and everybody who disagrees doesn’t know about boxing.

The Punch Stats will be dragged out.  “So and so landed 24% more punches than the other guy” etc……we’ve all seen it.  Any reason they can find to back their argument up.  Then there is the opposite; “All you GGG fan boys, where are you now?” etc, despite winning the fight on the cards.  People will use their own views to back up the argument that their either their pick to win was incorrect, or that they feel the wrong fighter won.

Only Saturday night I saw two English title fights that went to split decision.  Towards the end of the bout I spoke with someone on the opposite side of the ring to myself.  We had differing views in both fights as to who was ‘up’ at the time.  Not by a lot, but enough to be different.  Why?  Because of the view we had, because we were looking for differing things in the fight.  The fact that both fights were so extremely close only served to show that judges take the same view.  As it goes, the judge sat next to me went with the fighter I had ‘up’ for both fights.  The judge on the opposite side had a different perspective and chose differently. 

So the point is this; if we are sat by the ring, almost on the canvas, and see the fights in differing ways, how on earth can someone at home who is viewing the fight from a single, selected camera angle, be so sure?  It’s impossible, absolutely impossible.  If the fights are close (as per GGG vs Jacobs and Ward vs Kovalev) then there is no way at all that a person watching at home can possible be 100% adamant that they are right.  You just can’t. 

There’s a reason that you have three judges with three differing views to mark a fight.  Their view is reflective of what they see.  Your view at home is reflective of what a camera sees from a single angle (or perhaps two when the replays come).  But you can’t be 100% what you have seen is right.  Punches come off gloves, punches get parried or miss that from a differing angle may appear to have connected.  It just happens and we as fans should accept that.  The Punch Stats are all well and good but they only tell a miniscule part of the story.  If they landed 50 more punches, what if all those 50 punches happened in a single round?  Again, the person who is marking these punches is taking them from their angle, should we trust that what they say has landed has actually landed.

Nobody is necessarily right, nobody is necessarily wrong.  But what is certain is that by watching a fight through the TV you can’t be 100% right.  You just can’t, unless you have unlocked a special Sky package that give you 360 degree vision of both fighters at all times.  If so, share.  There is no way of telling what has landed at all times or conversely what has missed. 

Rather than arguing the facts in the post mortem, can we not just enjoy the fights?  Enjoy the spectacles?  If your fighter of choice didn’t win, suck it up.  There is no need to make the argument that you are right and everyone who disagrees is wrong, because you can’t prove it.  It isn’t black and white.  Let’s drop the stupidity and the inability to accept another view and just enjoy the action we are lucky enough to see.  We as boxing fans complain enough that the best don’t fight the best; let’s not spoil it when it does happen by bickering amongst ourselves over a decision none of us can prove decisively.