Friday, September 28, 2012
NY judges don't just make it up as they go
By Michael Woods
I attended a boxing card this past Saturday held at the Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens, and came away impressed that the judges for the night did a solid job. Better than solid, actually ...
It's a given in the sport that if you are the out-of-town guy, you can expect the judges will give extra love to the hometown boxer on his home court. But in Jamaica, Brooklyn's Frank Galarza came away with merely a draw in a tight eight-round contest with Maryland's Alantez Fox. And Ohioan Micah Branch got a decision win over the kid from Queens, Allan Phelan, in a four-rounder, which in another state would have been scored for Phelan.
Credit must be given to the judges in these cases; it's only fair, as we fight-writers hammer 'em but good when they drop the ball. Along these lines, it bears noting that these people entrusted with scoring the bouts don't just make it up as they go. They are trained at the craft, and have periodic seminars to better themselves and refine their methods. In fact, there will be a seminar for NY judges on Saturday at the New York State Athletic Commission headquarters. They are in a session overseen by Commission chair Melvina Lathan, who herself worked as a judge for two decades, before accepting the chair role, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.