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Giampa: Darchinyan-Arce, DeMarco-Kid Diamond scoring

08
Feb

Former Nevada boxing judge Chuck Giampa, now a consultant who advises fighters, will provide his occasional analysis of officials when he’s not directly involved in an event. Here’s his take on the Vic Darchinyan-Jorge Arce and Antonio DeMarco-Kid Diamond fights on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.:

VIC DARCHINYAN vs. JORGE ARCE
Round-by-round scoring

Round 1: Arce started active then holding and lunging  Darchinyan connected with lefts and rights to the head . Arce continued to hold and in the last minute Darchinyan threw an uppercut then continued with combinations  Darchinyan controlled the full three minutes with effective aggression.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 2: Darchinyan started with effective boxing and scoring for the first two minutes  in the last minute, Darchinyan connected with straight lefts and combinations to the head  Darchinyan countered with a left uppercut in the last minute.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 3: Arce started with repeated strong combinations  Arce countered while Darchinyan was moving forward  Darchinyan scored with an uppercut and combination to the body  Arce countered well, missing some punches but ending the round strong with combinations  close round but Arce controlled two of the three minutes.
Score: Arce 10, Darchinyan 9

Round 4: Arce started the round with jabs and leading with lefts although backing up  Darchinyan scored well with effective body punches  Arce lunged with a good body punch  both fighters clinched  Arce scored with a combination  scoring very close after two minutes  Darchinyan scored with a left uppercut and strong combinations  Arce fired back but Darchinyan continued to score with combinations and strong body shots  Darchinyan controlled two of three minutes.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 5: Arce started the round by clinching and holding Darchinyan around the waist ÔǪ Arce connected with a hook to the body but Darchinyan countered with combinations ÔǪ Darchinyan continued with jabs ÔǪ Arce scored while in close range but Darchinyan landed the stronger punches ÔǪ Arce again started to lunge with his punches ÔǪ Darchinyan scored well to the body and countered Arce’s punches well at the end of the round.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 6: Arce started the round by holding and Darchinyan pushed Arce’s head down ÔǪ Darchinyan scored with combinations to the head and body with Arce countering, but not as effectively as Darchinyan ÔǪ Darchinyan continued to jab with Arce lunging and missing while Darchinyan displayed effective aggression ÔǪ Darchinyan had his hands low but threw repeated jabs then followed with a combination and a hard left to Arce’s head ÔǪ while Arce moved forward, Darchinyan used head feints and continued to close the round strongly.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 7: Arce started with lunges, throwing one punch at a time  Arce was aggressive but not scoring with effective punches  Arce threw wild punches while Darchinyan countered and scored with good body shots, an uppercut and combinations to the body  an active round with flurries but Darchinyan continued to counter with uppercuts to the body  Arce was active but Darchinyan was much more effective with stronger punches.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 8: Darchinyan scored by countering Arce’s punches ÔǪ Darchinyan’s hands were low but scored well to Arce’s body and several uppercuts ÔǪ Darchinyan countered Arce with jabs and uppercuts ÔǪ Arce pushed Darchinyan to the ropes and Darchinyan countered with more uppercuts and jabs ÔǪ Darchinyan measured Arce then scored to the head ÔǪ Arce ineffective trying to counterpunch but missing his target.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 9: Arce started the round by scoring in close and stalking Darchinyan  Darchinyan scored with an uppercut and leading with rights; then countered with combinations  each fighter not as active as in previous rounds but Darchinyan was more effective with strong lefts to the head.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 10: Darchinyan started strong with a right and Arce countered  Darchinyan scored well with strong body shots and combinations to the head  Darchinyan backed up but scored with jabs  Darchinyan scored with a left and right to the head and continued with strong head shots  Arce tried to counter but was lunging and missing  Darchinyan boxed well and threw combinations and uppercuts, double jabs and uppercuts to the head.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Round 11: Darchinyan started by boxing and scoring moving in and out  Darchinyan threw strong punches to the head, combinations to the head and uppercuts  Darchinyan controlled the full three minutes.
Score: Darchinyan 10, Arce 9

Result: Referee stopped the fight on the advice of the ring physician at the end of the 11th round. Darchinyan winner by TKO

Final scoring: Giampa had Darchinyan ahead 109-100, the same score as all three judges. Two judges also gave Arce Round 3, one gave him Round 5.

ANTONIO DeMARCO vs. KID DIAMOND
Round-by-round scoring

Round 1: Kid Diamond was aggressive with combinations and counter punches  unintentional head butt later in the round when heads clashed while fighting on the ropes.
Score: Kid Diamond 10, DeMarco 9

Round 2: Very similar to first found with harder punches thrown by Kid Diamond.
Score: Kid Diamond 10, DeMarco 9

Round 3: Kid Diamond stalking DeMarco while DeMarco countered well with lefts and rights  Kid Diamond throwing wild punches.
Score: DeMarco 10, Kid Diamond 9

Round 4: DeMarco was effective with counter punching and effective aggression  DeMarco threw rights and combinations to win the round.
Score: DeMarco 10, Kid Diamond 9

Round 5: DeMarco leading with jabs  Kid Diamond effective with combinations  DeMarco won first minute  Kid Diamond lunging and flicking his punches  DeMarco moving back but countering with good rights  Kid Diamond came on strong in last minute but DeMarco finished stronly in last 15 seconds to win a close round.
Score: DeMarco 10, Kid Diamond 9

Round 6: Each fighter flicking their punches in first minute  Kid Diamond picked up his effectiveness with jabs and rights  DeMarco countered with aggression and with rights and uppercuts  Kid Diamond scored well on the ropes in last minute and DeMarco tried count
Score: Kid Diamond 10, DeMarco 9 (Giampa had it even after six rounds.)

Round 7: Kid Diamond started with jabs and combinations DeMarco countered with aggressive jabs and good combinations DeMarco scored well in the last minute with strong body shots and a good exchange at the end of the round.
Score: DeMarco 10, Kid Diamond 9

Round 8: Kid Diamond started the round with lunging rights while DeMarco countered off of the ropes  Kid Diamond threw harder punches in first minute  DeMarco then countered with body shots and jabs  Kid Diamond pushed DeMarco to the ropes with DeMarco missing with his punches  Kid Diamond finished round with a hard hook and straight right another close round but Kid Diamond winning with more effective punches overall.
Score: Kid Diamond 10; DeMarco 9 (Giampa had it even 76-76 after eight rounds)

Round 9: DeMarco started the round by lunging and missing but then connected with uppercuts and jabs  DeMarco staggered Kid Diamond with a strong body shot and continued with body and head shots  DeMarco controlled the first two minutes  Kid Diamond countered but DeMarco again scored with a strong body shot  Kid Diamond backing up and bobbing his head while DeMarco finished the last minute of the round with uppercuts and combinations  DeMarco controlled the full three minutes of the round.
Score: DeMarco 10, Kid Diamond 9

Result: Referee stopped the fight at the end of the ninth round; DeMarco winner by TKO.

Final scoring: Giampa had DeMarco ahead after the ninth round by a score of 86-85. Judges Ray Corona and Jose Cobian scored it 88-83 for DeMarco, which baffled many at ringside who believed the fight was much closer than that or that Kid Diamond was ahead. Judge David Denkin had 86-85 for Kid Diamond.

SUMMARY

Many boxing fans wonder and have asked me about split decisions or a difference in scores even when a fight is stopped. An example of this was the Antonio DeMarco-Kid Diamond fight Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif. Although the fight was stopped by the referee at the end of the ninth round and DeMarco was declared the winner by TKO, the scores of the official judges varied. At the time of the stoppage, two judges had DeMarco winning by the same score of 88-83, while the third judge had Kid Diamond winning 86-85. Obviously, the first two judges saw a completely different fight from the third judge. That doesn't mean that the third judge was wrong. My score at the stoppage was 86-85 for DeMarco.

Judges are supposed to have a philosophy in their scoring. Basically, in a fight such as this, in which the rounds are very close, a judge can be lulled into focusing on the same fighter or the same style in each round. By doing so, the judge can miss the nuances of the opponent and not give the opponent proper credit. If a judge realizes that the fight is close, a wide margin for one fighter indicates to me that the judge lost focus and did not give proper credit to both fighters. I was taught this as the common sense theory. In order to avoid this in close fights, the judge must re-focus on the action. It can be as simple as not watching the fighters for a portion of the round, instead concentrating on the gloves and the punches. Thus, the judges focus will shift to the effectiveness of the punches and not who’s throwing them.

The common sense theory will not allow for a wide margin in a very close fight. It's in fights such as this one where the experience, training, preparation, focus and concentration become vital for a judge.

Another philosophy to which I subscribe is: one punch can determine a round and one round can determine the fight. Fighters train long and hard; they deserve to have the full preparation, focus and concentration by the judges in their fights.

Chuck Giampa can be reached at [email protected]

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