Charlie Edwards kept his WBC title at the weekend when use of a video replay resulted in a’no contest’, but could VAR shortly be introduced to boxing?
The British flyweight was left distraught after a late onslaught out of Julio Cesar Martinez led to a third-round knockout, however, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman promptly chased the result because a’no contest’, mentioning the regulating body’s willingness to use’instant replay’ to address controversial events.
After the widespread use of VAR in football, the British Boxing Board of Control verified they would be open to discussion about the possibility of introducing technologies to aid officials.
Asked if VAR might be introduced, Robert Smith, General Secretary of the BBBofC told Sky Sports:”I think we are always seeking to improve matters. Ultimately it was.
“There a great deal of things you have got to consider, where you are obtaining the views from . Who’s providing it?
“Do not forget we’d 286 shows this past year. Are we going to pick not the displays that are small and the shows? Do not think that works, therefore we’ve got to look in it, but ultimately on Saturday it had been used.”
Sky Sports expert Matthew Macklin had agreed with the decision of the WBC.
‘That’s the perfect choice,” Macklin told Sky Sports. “He was obviously hurt, he did get put down.
“He had been stunned from a head shot, then he definitely got strangled having a body shot, like he admittedhe said took a knee, tried to receive my breath again and after that he was on his knee, that’s when Martinez struck him with that large body shot that completely took the wind from him. Absolutely the correct choice to call a no contest.”
The BBBofC bring together board members to examine issues and Smith says VAR could develop into a talking point.
“We have meetings on a regular basis. We always discuss things to attempt to improve the sport,” he said.
“When it was determined we would use it, we’d bring it in as soon as we possibly can. Practically possible, though it had been decided, but as I mention, it had been used on Saturday.”

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