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La Jornada: Technology in boxing is useful, but its use needs to be refined: Lupe García

Juan Manuel Vazquez

La Jornada newspaper
Monday, November 16, 2020, p. 3

The technology applied to sport serves to ensure that there is justice and confidence in the verdicts. Mexican referee Lupe García, with extensive experience in elite combat, maintains that the use of repetition on screens is unquestionable to correct and clarify doubts. The errors that arise with their application come from the hesitations of those responsible in operating them and applying the regulations.

On Saturday night in Las Vegas, it took half an hour for officials to decide whether challenger Andrew Moloney had hurt the eye of WBA super flyweight champion Joshua Franco with a legitimate hit or a header.

At first it was considered a header, but after reviewing the video for 30 minutes, they recognized that the closed eye of the champion was the product of a legal blow.

Franco could not see and the doctor prevented the fight from continuing before the third episode; they stopped the fight, but it did not go to the cards, as this resource only applies when the fifth round has been reached. The result was without decision and the monarch kept his title.

The regulation supports that verdict, says Lupe García; That’s right, the only thing they failed was in the first appreciation of the referee and in the use of technology they took too long to decide, because they still lack practice.

That delay in rendering the final verdict was what sparked anger and theft allegations in Las Vegas, Garcia says.

A judgment that the Mexican referee rejects, because he thinks that these reactions are the product of ignorance of the regulations.

The mistake was deliberating for almost half an hour, he adds; the fighter was outraged, also some fans and journalists, but they applied the rule. That is not a robbery.