BACOLOD CITY: Boxing officials, judges, and practitioners from 18-member countries of the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) in Asia and the Pacific are converging in this city for a three-day General Assembly organized by the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board (GAB).
The event, set from June 11 to 13, tackles the review of the OPBF rules and regulations, pre-fight medical requisites, and the presence of OPBF belts and logos on title fights.
The seminar is spearheaded by veteran referee Bruce McTavish, who discussed referee ethics and how serious their profession is.
“Your job is to concentrate on the fight. Every match, the fighter’s life is on the line,” he said, adding that being the third man on the ring, they should also consider every bout as a learning factor that will further improve their skills.
World Boxing Council (WBC) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Ring Officials Chairman Hubert Minn introduced Judging Boxing 101 that focused on integrity and credibility as an arbiter.
“We should call the fight the way it is and keep yourself isolated; the fighters are the center of attraction,” Minn said.
He also quoted famed basketball coach John Wooden: “Do not mistake activity for achievement,” and for judges to observe, select and evaluate, and translate.
Moreover, Minn conveyed the 3D Judges Scoring Theory that concentrates on Damage, Dominance and Disruption, or the power, number of punches and accuracy a boxer lands on his opponent.