Open scoring and an automatic point-deduction from the un-damaged boxer following an accidental injury are among four unique rules that will be in play in tonight's WBC-sanctioned bouts featuring 140-pounders Danny Garcia and Mauricio Herrera, as well as heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott, the WBC announced this week.
Garcia is THE RING, WBA and WBC champion, while Wilder and Scott are participating in a WBC eliminator for the right to face the winner of a fight for the vacant belt between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola that is slated for May 10.
The four regulations, including instant replay and computerized ringside scoring pilot programs, were introduced by the WBC and are listed below:
1. Instant Replay provided by Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime will be available only as a pilot program until the time the law in Puerto Rico, which allows it, is actually implemented to officially put in practice the rule.
The procedures and technology will be used to practice and acquire more experience in the use of that important WBC program.
2. Fourth and eighth round open scoring. The rule allows the fighters, their corners, and the audience to become aware of the official scores of the judges at the end of the fourth and eighth rounds.
That way, the fighters and their corners are given the opportunity to adjust their strategy and make the fight more competitive and dramatic.
3. Mohegan Tribe ringside score administration. The computerized ringside score administration system developed by the Mohegan Tribe will also be used as a pilot program in an effort to bring boxing events to the cutting edge of technology.
Electronic scoring and administration makes boxing transparent to the public and it is logistically simpler than traditional paper scoring.
That system uses hand-held tablets for the judges to record their scoring substituting the paper cards, and it is a simple procedure to make scoring faster and scoring administration automatic.
The Puerto Rico Commission will still rely on paper cards, but it is allowing the electronic scoring system to be tested as a pilot program for judges' and supervisors' usage.
4. Automatic point deduction on accidental cuts: a point will be deducted to the uncut boxer after an accidental injury (head butt, elbow, etc.).
That deduction evens up the playing field and compensates an injured fighter for the shortcomings he must face for the rest of the fight.
TOMASZ ADAMEK 218.3, VYACHESLAV GLAZKOV 219.7
Heavyweight contenders Vyacheslav Glazkov and Tomasz Adamek weighed 218.3 pounds and 219.7, respectively, on Friday in advance of Saturday's clash of former sparring partners on NBC Sports Net's Fight Night series at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.
Adamek and Glazkov were originally scheduled to meet in November before Adamek complained of feeling ill during the week of the bout and pulled out.
The 29-year-old Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) unanimously decisioned Adamek's replacement, Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia.
Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs), who is 37, will be after his sixth straight win since falling by 10th-round stoppage to then-WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko in 2011, and was last in the ring for a unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn in August.
For the light heavyweight co-main event, 26-year-old Isaac Chilemba (21-2-2, 9 knockouts) and 31-year-old Denis Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs) were at 174.2 pounds and 175.6, respectively.
For a third bout, junior middleweights Ronald Cruz (20-2, 15 KOs) and ex-beltholder Kermit Cintron (34-5-2, 28 KOs) each weighed 148 pounds.
ANTHONY MARNELL III NAMED TO NEVADA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION PANEL
Gov. Brian Sandoval named Anthony Marnell III to the five-menber Nevada State Athletic Commission panel on Wednesday as a replacement for T.J. Day, who died Jan. 24. Marnell's term will end Oct. 31, according to The Las Vegas Review Journal.
MORE NUMBERS FROM CANELO ALVAREZ'S TKO OF ALFREDO ANGULO
The Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo card generated a gate of $2,084,700 from 12,704 tickets sold last Saturday. In addition to the 12,704 sold, there were 342 complimentary tickets given away and 228 tickets were unsold, according to ESPN.com. Showtime announced on Friday that Alvarez-Angulo did more than 350,000 pay per view buys.
MICHAEL PEREZ RETURNS ON APRIL 28 ON GOLDEN BOY LIVE!
Junior welterweight Michael Perez will fight in Puerto Rico for the sixth time against Jorge Romero in the April 28 headliner of a Golden Boy Live! card at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes, Golden Boy announced on Friday.
A 24-year-old New Jersey-based fighter of Puerto Rican descent, Perez (19-1-2, 10 knockouts) is 4-0-1 since being stopped in the sixth round by Omar Figueroa Jr. in January 2012, and was last in the ring for a unanimous decision over Miguel Zuniga in September.
The 23-year-old Romero (24-7, 21 KOs) is attempting to end a three-fight losing streak, and is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Ivan Alvarez in in November.
In the junior bantamweight co-main event, Perto Rico's McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs), a 28-year-old southpaw, will meet Ezequiel Aquino (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout.
Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and PR Best Boxing, the event begins with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. ET with the initial bout at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes broadcast airs live at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
NADJIB MOHAMMEDI REPLACES DMITRY SUKHOTSKY VS. ANATOLIY DUDCHENKO
Former title challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky has been replaced by Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3-0, 20 KOs) against Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and the date of the IBF 175-pound eliminator has changed from April 4 to June 21 on NBCSN Fight Night, Main Events CEO Kathy Duva announced on Friday.
The site has also been changed from the Liacouras Center on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia, to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Dudchenko, a 35-year-old Ukrainian who stands 6-foot-3, has won 16 straight fights, 10 by knockout. Nicknamed "The Gladiator," Dudchenko is coming off a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Robert Woge in October.
Mohammedi, a 29 year old from Gardanne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, has never fought in the United States. Mohammedi has not lost since October 8, 2011, when he was stopped by Sukhotsky in the second round. Since then, Mohammedi has won 10 straight, eight of them by knockout.
"Dudchenko is ready to fight anyone the IBF wants him to fight. We are working to make sure this fight gets done as soon as possible," said Kathy Duva of Main Events.
"The IBF has ordered the winner of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov match-up to fight the winner of this fight, so this is a very big opportunity for both fighters."
Hopkins, holder of the IBF belt, will fight Shumenov, of the WBA, on April 19.