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Malignaggi-Diaz showed why instant replay needed


By Rizwaan Zahid
of The Boxing Amusement Park

Technology has had an impact on sports, and boxing is no different. Saturday’s fight with Paul Malignaggi and Juan Diaz showed why instant replay can help the sport. Diaz’s hand seemed to have grazed the canvas slightly and the referee ruled it a knockdown. However it was very difficult to tell, and perhaps instant replay would’ve given a better ruling and clarification. Although it was not a major issue in this fight, since the scoring was pretty one-sided, the scoring could change from a 10-9 round for fighter A, to a 10-8 round for fighter B, heavily affecting the scorecards.

Max Kellerman also had an interesting suggestion: If the judges did not believe that a fighter was down after viewing the replay, they should have the option of not crediting the knockdown . The problem, however, is that controversial judges are far too common in this sport, and an idea like this would attract even more controversy. Some judges might award knockdowns that were never there, or vice versa.
Perhaps technology is its own advocate and critic. Would there be a call for official replays if fans were not able to see replays themselves? Referees may not be getting worse, but it is much more noticeable nowadays when a referee makes an error in judgment because of the accessibility of replays.

Diaz-Malignaggi may be a warning call that a change to the rules may be needed in certain situations. Accidental head butts that cause a cut, flash knockdowns (or not), and low blows (or lack thereof) may be valid reasons to have replays. Decisions should be made quickly. It would be unfortunate for a big mega event to be spoiled by a 10-8 round that should’ve never existed. We wouldn’t want such an incident to occur during lets say, Mayweather – Pacquiao would we? There’s no time like the present.

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Rizwaan Zahid



Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rizwaan Zahid is in his senior year at Carleton University in Ottawa, pursuing his Mass Communications degree, with the future aspirations of becoming a professional sports journalist.
Although relatively young, Rizwaan has shown his passion of writing the beautiful sport of boxing and has worked with Bragging Rights Corner, Boxing Banter, Diamond Boxing,
Fightfan.com, East Side Boxing as well as The Fight Network for over three years. With Fightfan.com, Rizwaan has been awarded the feature article of the month numerous times.
Over these past few years, Rizwaan has interviewed and conducted conferences with fighters and trainers such as Jeff Mayweather, Jermaine Taylor, Kelly Pavlik, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones Jr., Jackie Kallen, Wayne McCullough, Manny Pacquaio, Wladimir Klitsckho and Emmanuel Steward.

Although boxing has been his main focus over the years, Rizwaan still has a strong passion for many other sports and has covered various sports in The Charlatan, Carleton University's newspaper.
Rizwaan has also worked with PHASE 1 Basketball, a camp based out of Toronto which is a showcase for the best basketball Canada has to offer on various levels, as well as the Out of Left Field blog which attracts numerous readers daily.

Rizwaan Zahid hopes to continue his efforts in journalism in the world of sports.
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