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Association of Boxing Commissioners Discourages Practice of Open Scoring

by on Dec.21, 2011, under Boxing News

By Tim Lueckenhoff, President of the Association of Boxing Commissioners

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At a recent sanctioning organization’s annual meeting, it was stated that open scoring would be used during championship boxing matches held, regardless of the location of the contest.
The purpose of this writing is to remind our ABC member commissions, that a committee headed by Jim Erickson (Mille Lacs) studied this issue for an entire year while gathering information from promoters, contestants, sanctioning organization and other interested parties. The committee members included Joe Mason (CO), Pat Pannella (MD) and Bernie Profato (OH). After the committee’s presentation of the information gathered, open scoring was overwhelmingly rejected by the ABC membership.

It should be noted that this vote marked the second time that the ABC debated and then rejected the concept of open scoring.

It had been suggested at the aforementioned sanctioning body meeting that the scores of each of the three judges were to be announced after the 4th and 8th rounds of the bout. Further, it was stated that if a commission refused to allow open scoring, the sanctioning body’s assigned supervisor would be instructed to signal each corner and indicate the scores of the judges.

The ABC has multiple and significant concerns with regard to open scoring. (continue reading…)

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Assoc. of Boxing Commission Pres. to WBC: Selection of Ringside Officials ‘Sole Discretion’ of Boxing Commissions

by on Jul.14, 2009, under Boxing News

[Editor's note:  Tim Lueckenhoff, president of the Association of Boxing Commissions, sent this letter to the World Boxing Council's Mauricio Sulaiman supporting the presiding local boxing commission's legal rights -- versus those of sanctioning bodies and promotional interests -- regarding the selection of ringside officials.  It's pretty pointed!] 

Mr. Mauricio Sulaiman
World Boxing Council
Cuzco #872, COL Lindavista
Mexico, D. F. 07300

Dear Mr. Sulaiman:

 Reference is made to the Memorandum/Letter (WBC No.: 41256), dated July 8, 2009, from yourself to Promoters Don King and Gary Shaw regarding “Two WBC elimination fights in Florida.”  Among others, a copy of this Memorandum/Letter was sent to me, as the President of the Association of Boxing Commissions; and, considering its content, I am compelled to respond.

 Specifically, the letter notifies Promoters King and Shaw that: “[t]he Florida Boxing Commission has appointed all the ring officials, next July 11, disregarding and ignoring the WBC without having the courtesy of answering any of our communications or phone calls.” While, in the Memorandum/Letter, you advise Promoters King and Shaw that “the WBC will continue to sanction these 2 elimination bouts in order to support your co-promotion,” you also note that “the WBC reserves its rights, as the owner of the WBC Championship trademark and accolade [,] in case of any disputes on these fights in Florida.” (continue reading…)

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Assoc. of Boxing Commissions President to WBC’s Sulaiman: Margarito’s Suspension Stands

by on Jul.14, 2009, under Boxing News

Lueckenhoff warns of perils when ”the WBC, FECOMBOX or any other entity” unilaterally attempts to cancel suspensions or revocations of a boxer’s license by a “duly authorized boxing commission” in the U.S.

[Editor's note:  This letter was sent off to the World Boxing Council's president, Jose Sulaiman on Monday, July 13th]

Mr. Jose Sulaiman CH.
World Boxing Council
Cuzco #872, COL Lindavista
Mexico, D. F. 07300

Re: Antonio Margarito

Dear Mr. Sulaiman:

 Reference is made to your letter dated June 29, 2009 in which you advise that the WBC and FECOMBOX have put a “voting request” to their respective Board of Directors to “cancel the suspension” by the California State Athletic Commission (“CSAC”) of the boxer license issued to Antonio Margarito; effective, July 24, 2009 – six months following the imposition of the “suspension” (in reality, revocation).  You note that the proposed action of the WBC and FECOMBOX are premised upon Mr. Margarito “strongly stating” he did not know that his trainer had saturated the hand-wrap with an illegal substance; adding that all of the boxing commissions of Mexico, led by FECOMBOX, decided to “respect” the CSAC “suspension for 6 months but no more.”  At the conclusion of the letter, you suggest that you and I have a “personal conversation” regarding these matters during “the process of this voting.”  This letter shall serve as my response. (continue reading…)

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