Got to ask you this because it's the model that I use for scoring knockdowns and I get different answers from different people:
Remember the 8th round of Douglas-Tyson? We know, despite what two of the three judges had that Douglas controlled almost all of the fight. I gave Tyson the benefit of the doubt and still had Douglas up 5-3-1 (Scoring rounds 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 for Douglas. Rounds 6-8 for Tyson, Round 4, Even.
In round 8, Douglas is having an incredible round and is smashing Tyson all over the ring. Tyson lands a lucky punch that drops Tyson toward the end of the round. How do you score this critical round? I scored it 10-9 for Tyson. The reason is because I must give credit for Tyson's knockdown. But IMO it is not fair to judge that round as a 10-8 for Tyson because doing so negates ALL of Buster's outstanding work in that round. If you score that round as a 10-8, that's exactly what you are doing as a judge. (All judges gave that round a 10-8 to Tyson, making that fight closer on two of the cards than it certainly should have been.) Buster's punishment to Mike was far more severe for the first 2:50 of that round, as opposed to Mike's knockdown.
PS. I also don't think it is fair to score two point knockdown rounds on obvious mistaken calls of knockdowns that were clearly slips and do not do so. Fights such as Morales-Barrera round 12 and Hagler-Roldan round 1 illustrate this. On an obvious slip, especially if the boxer would have won the round if the ref hadn't fucked up, that's a 10-9 round and no more than that for a "bogus" knockdown. This is just my view, but I think it is needed for impartiality and fairness in judging.
Didn't we have in Tszyu-Phillips a round that went 10-10, 10-9, 10-8 that had a quick knockdown in it? I also recall Jerry Roth scoring Moorer-Holyfield round 2 as a 10-10 round despite Holyfield's flash knockdown of Moorer. Moorer got up and controlled the rest of the round, which I carded 10-9 Holyfield.
Thoughts? Is this a case of strange judging, or flaws in the 10-point must system with its subjectivity in scoring knockdowns?