Boxing icons Tyson Fury and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez have backed the idea of an ‘open scoring system.’
This follows the incredibly controversial decision over the past weekend that saw Josh Taylor defeat Jack Catterall on points at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow.
Despite Catterall technically out landing Taylor in every single department, two of the three judges scored the fight in the latter’s favour, which has incensed fans who are demanding the result be overturned and has even led to Catterall hinting that he may retire from the sport.
Of course, this is just one of many questionable decisions that has begun to cast a dark cloud over the sport in recent years, especially in the UK… which Fury picked up on:
“Yes, I would love to see open scoring because it doesn’t give you the opportunity to rob a guy, does it?” Fury told The MMA Hour.
“There will not be one British judge in sight at my fight, not after the decision last weekend.
“I just don’t trust them with my career, yeah I watched the fight. It’s not the first time it’s happened, and something has to be done about this scoring situation, but even open scoring wouldn’t stop this at all.”
In the WBC, open scoring is implemented and involves the judges handing their scorecards over to a representative of the commission to be checked every four rounds, before being broadcast to fans and those in the ring.
Boxing’s pound-for-pound king Alvarez also backed the idea:
“Yes, in every round we would know where we are at,” Alvarez said. “Yeah, I like that.”
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn believes that open scoring makes for “more exciting fights” and that the set-up the WBC have in place “works well.”
There has been no word yet from the British Board of Boxing Control about any potential changes; however, something has to give because trust has been melting away in the British boxing scene for far too long now.