Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We could've used the Woods Scoring System Saturday
By Michael Woods
Confession: I was out of town on Saturday, upstate in Hudson, visiting friends along with the wife and kids. So I didn't see the Sergio Martinez-Darren Barker clash in Atlantic City that night. I did sneak peeks at my Twitter feed, and from that, I deduced that Barker was performing far better than most if not all folks outside of his camp thought he would. Well, guess what? When I fired up the TiVo and watched the fight, I didn't give the Brit a single round.
Now, before you bloggers-in-your-underpants go into critique mode, I will say the scoring system we use now deserves some scorn when utilized in fights such as this one. This was the sort of fight in which I'd like the Mike Woods Scoring System to be in place. The rounds were close. Real close. And if given the chance, using my soon-to-be-patented scoring system, I would have scored a bunch of them for Martinez, 10-9.5.
Under the current scoring system used everywhere, rounds are scored from 10 points on down. So Martinez could have won a round comfortably, but since he didn't score a knockdown, he would be given a 10-9 margin. Or, the round could have been super close, with Martinez landing just three or four more punches than Barker did ... and the round would be scored the same way, 10-9. A good eight of the 10 full rounds could have featured fractional numbers on judges' scorecards using the Woods System, in my mind.
When I am installed as Commissioner of Boxing, I will lobby for my system to be put in place, but until then, scores will not be as effective a measure of performance as they could be.
Martinez stopped Barker in Round 11. End of the day, I was disappointed to see Barker do something he told NYFightblog he wouldn't do. "I'm not here to make up the number (to go the distance)," he told us. But, in fact, he did just that. (It's critical to note that I am not busting on him without mercy here. Martinez still remains one of the best handful of fighters on the planet, pound for pound. He can and will make the best pugilists out there seize up, with his hand speed, movement and unorthodox launches.)
Barker threw fewer than 40 punches a round, and that tells me he simply didn't work hard enough offensively. I will assume it was subconscious, but in the end, he fought like he was there to make up the number.