There are many who do not like the introduction of video replays in sport, others are crying out for it. Those in favour want to see the right decisions made in the sporting event, those against often feel that the use of video replay ruins the moment a try or a goal is scored, or a wicket taken.
It was decided several months ago that the three most respected Boxing bodies the WBC, WBA and IBF would start to adopt instant replays to boxing.
The three agreed that instant replay would be used in world championship fights and any other affiliated championship of the WBC, WBA and IBF.
Each organization will use under their own discretion the procedure for the use of instant replay and at all times they will have to secure an agreement with the corresponding local boxing commission where the fight takes place.
The WBC shared their current protocols which have been in action for 8 years in some areas where their fights are broadcast.
In these protocols it clearly states that “Instant replay is limited to review (a) whether a cut or other injury to the face is the result of a punch or otherwise; or (b) whether a punch is thrown after the bell signaling the end of a round and (c) in any major situation that can change the outcome of the bout and where the replay clearly shows the actions are contradictory to the live ruling of the referee.
The referee may call “time out” during the bout and consult with the instant replay panel, if in doubt, as to any scenario, however it is recommended that all reviews are done during the resting minute period.
The instant replay panel will review any controversial instance that may have occurred in any round. A determination of the referee may be overruled solely if the instant replay monitor clearly and conclusively reveals, according to each member of the panel, that the ruling of the action by the referee was mistaken in his original determination.”
They also state that the “referee may request to verify the action by watching the TV monitor or may choose to accept the panel’s recommendation, which is the final decision and the ruling that will be enforced.”
No doubt some will not be happy with this decision but there will be equally as many who will be in favour of it. Sadly for the likes of Ken Buchanan who lost his title to a then up-and-coming Roberto Duran after receiving a low blow that was deemed legitimate, this ruling comes a little too late.