WBO News: Another Successful Boxing
Officials’ Seminar Was Held In Chicago
The World Boxing Organization and the Illinois State
Athletic Commission concluded a successful training seminar
for boxing officials at the Garfield Park – Golden Dome,
This event covered different topics, such as refereeing,
judging, rules, and ethics; the seminar followed an
interactive format with the purpose of giving ring officials
the necessary knowledge, confidence and experience to
execute good judgement of a boxing match.
John Duggan, First Vice-President of the WBO, stated that
some of the objectives of these events are to “improve the
quality of officiating” and he highlighted the importance of
cross training ring officials in order to ensure the correct
decisions are made during a boxing match, “correct
officiating is important to ensure the right and deserving
winner is named in a fight”.
Meanwhile, referee Celestino Ruiz and former referee Gino
Rodriguez conducted the referees’ training and stressed out
the importance of taking control from the moment
instructions are given in the locker room; the necessity of
having proper knowledge of the rules and being correctly
positioned during a fight.
Ethics and professionalism were also covered, as fundamental
aspects in the development of a career as a boxing official.
Videos were used to exemplify, analyze and break down
different decisions during a boxing match, this is important
to help participants understand some of the scenarios they
may have to face, it offers them the possibility to clarify
doubts while at the same time put their knowledge to test.
The WBO values these opportunities to contribute with the
training of boxing officials and help them attain mastery of