Finally a sanctioning body got it right when they announced, as reported by several news sources, that the IBF, after watching the tape of the Abner Mares-Joseph Agbeko fight ordered an immediate rematch to be held within 120 days. There is no word yet whether or not either side will actually go through with the fight. But that is not the point.So often in this sport, sanctioning bodies *cough cough the WBC* seem to be just operating in a vacuum.They make up rules, push back mandatory defenses, and flat out ignore common sense and generally act the fool.But today we can rejoice for a minute because the IBF, once investigated for all manner of malfeasance, got it right. They looked at the tape of “referee” Russell “Ray Charles” Mora shitting the bed on Showtime and said ‘You know what? This ain’t right.” Good on them.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse which is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional boxing bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters’ safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee. Professional boxing bouts are typically much longer than amateur bouts, and can last up to twelve rounds, though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds. Protective headgear is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take substantial punishment before a fight is halted. Pro boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur boxing throughout the twentieth century and beyond.