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Louisiana State Boxing Commission allows ‘instant replay’ at WBSS Semi-Finals

Louisiana State Boxing Commission allows ‘instant replay’ at WBSS Semi-Finals

27th, April 2019

The Louisiana State Boxing Commission has approved the use of instant video replay technology of the bantamweight and super-lightweight WBSS semi-finals, Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young and Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh, this Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA, USA.

The World Boxing Super Series is back this Saturday with its semi-final stage in the quest for the Ali Trophy, the Greatest Prize in Boxing. A unique boxing tournament requires special rules.

For example ‘instant replays’ will be used to help assess controversial situations if the local commission allows it and there is an additional fourth judge whose scorecard will be used if the main three judges deliver a draw result.

Instant video replay is video footage of a fight being televised which is later replayed for event’s officials.

“It is obviously new with instant replay in the sport,“ said James Stevenson, Vice Chairman of Louisiana State Boxing Commission.

“I felt with this being an international tournament this is a good opportunity to try and see how it works. It is definitely groundbreaking in the state of Louisiana, it hasn’t been done before, but if you don’t try ice cream you don’t know how it tastes.

“We will evaluate after the fights whether we will use it again, but there is no reason to drive with your eyes closed so if you have something that can improve what you are working with you should use it. It’s interesting because the ‘instant replay’ can change the course of the fight.”

“We are very happy that Louisiana State Boxing Commission has embraced the innovation,” said Chris Meyer, Director of Boxing Administration at Comosa, the World Boxing Super Series organizer.

“The instant replay technology is a great and effective tool in determining lapses committed by referees and fight officials and it is also very useful for the boxing fan watching in case of disputed or controversial actions and decisions in the ring.”

UNDERSTANDING THE WBSS RULES

4th Judge:

In the case of an Ali Trophy bout ending in a draw on the three official judges’ scorecards, or ends as a no contest or no decision and the official master-scorecard, containing the three official judges scores does not determine a winner, the scorecard of the fourth judge will be added to the master-score-card to determine who advances to the next round of the tournament, or wins the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

If two of the now four judges score the bout in favour of one Boxer A, or in case of three draws on the original scorecards, the boxer A who is ahead on the fourth scorecard, such result shall be considered that Boxer A shall advance to the next round of the tournament.

Count Back:

If the bout still remains a draw, after adding the fourth judge’s scorecards to the master-scorecard result, then the World Boxing Super Series will use the ‘Count Back’ method in order to determine who advances in the tournament.

The Count Back method is a ‘sudden death’ method of scoring using the three official judges’ scorecards to determine who advances. Beginning with the scorecards for the 12th or last round that occurred, the boxer who won that particular round on at least a majority of the three scorecards will advance.

If the bout was scored evenly in the 12th round or the last round that occurred, the advancing boxer will then be determined by who won at least a majority of rounds in the preceding round.

If neither boxer won the next to the last round on at last on a majority of the three official judge’s scorecards, each preceding rounds scorecards will be examined until a round where one boxer was declared the winner of that round on at least the majority of the three officials’ scorecards.

Instant replay:

‘Instant replays’ will be used to help assess controversial situations.