Johnny Nelson questions how it works
Since the video assistant referee still angers fans weekly in the world of football, there have been talks to include it in boxing.
When it was first introduced, Sky Sports found that 67% of football fans found VAR was making the game less enjoyable. Although there have been improvements since then, controversies still arise, even as recently and most significantly as the World Cup.
The VAR boxing talk was recently launched by promoter Ben Shalom, born in part from backlash received after Josh Taylor was awarded victory over Jack Catterall in a fight, the majority of fans, pundits and boxers call it another way.
At the time, Shalom told Sky Sports that he was ’embarrassed’ by the referee’s decision and was keen to make sure nothing like that happened in the rematch in March.
Johnny Nelson, a former cruiser class champion and now a Sky expert, supports the idea of a video system, but questions how the speed of decision-making will work in the 60-second break. union of boxing. He discussed the development with Boxing society.
“I hope so, but you have one minute to make or change a decision, or at the end of the game if a point is deducted.
If I were a boxer and a point was deducted, I don’t know how fast or effective VAR would be in terms of decision making and conveying that message to the fighter to change his mind mid-fight. .
So yeah, I think it can be done.”
When asked about the problems we see in football with VAR, Nelson pointed out that the fault lies with the people using it, not the system itself.
“It is human error. It’s not VAR. It is decision making and how it is handled. So VAR is working.”
Finally, the former boxer offers another solution to match scoring that many fans will support – that of due diligence on referees and referees.
“It’s very, very simple in regards to bad decisions – and it’s the decision to judge the game, have him sit down in front of the camera and explain… That way, fewer people will be willing to make those decisions. such outrageous scoring phase.”