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Boxing chief hopes to change scoring system

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Aug. 09, 2012 18:31
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Brazil's Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino reacts after defeating Cuba's Julio La Cruz Peraza in a light heavyweight 81-kg quarterfinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London.
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LONDON — The president of amateur boxing's governing body expects to replace the sport's computerized scoring system with the traditional professional judging system well before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Wu Ching-kuo tells The Associated Press it's all part of his plan for Olympic boxing to look more like the pro game. He wants the return of the pros' 10-point scoring system that takes into account every aspect of a fighter's skill, not solely his ability to land clean punches.

The computerized scoring system currently used in amateur boxing has been widely criticized for warping the sport into something resembling fencing with gloves.

Wu wouldn't speculate on when the change can occur in the amateur sport, but says "we are on the way."

He would prefer to make the rule changes well before Rio.

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