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Debatable verdicts have always been a part of boxing

Miles Templeton

Boxing historian

BOXING has always had its fair share of controversial verdicts. Referees have been demoted, and even sacked, for some of them. It is part of the game. No two people will ever see the same contest. These days it seems acceptable for boxing fans to throw scorn and abuse at referees and officials whenever a verdict is badly received. The same is true, most noticeably, with football. Some of these so-called ‘experts’ should perhaps consider taking up the position of referee themselves if they are so knowledgeable. Back when I was a lad, I remember quite a few questionable decisions. They were hotly debated, usually in the pub, over a few pints, and they were discussed with congeniality. There were no Twitter warriors around to hurl insults at the real experts – the referees.

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