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We have our criteria for scoring:

1 Clean Punching

2. Effective Aggressiveness

3. Defense

4. Ring Generalship

And last time we went over the fundamentals and to some degree the body mechanics of the four punches. How hard can this judging thing be? I mean, all you have to do is see who lands more and with more damage, write it down and hand your scorecard to the referee at the end of the round, right?

If you’re lucky and the two boxers are nice enough to cooperate and give you an easy round. The problem is fighters make things hard.

Consider these questions:

How many jabs equal a cross?

What about body shots that do little damage–how are they scored?

What About aggression that does almost nothing?

What about light jabs that land?

What about sloppy punches that land?

Ugh…there are no absolutes that answer these questions. Now, you can be smug and say “I know it when I see it.” or “You can just tell.” or “That’s what judges get paid the big bucks for.”

There are other stumbling blocks like evaluating power vs. quantity, lack of activity, an abundance of activity and a wide disparity in fighting styles.

When rounds are close, sublime and complex, judges need to be able to have a clear rationale for their judgment. Not everyone will agree but a judge should have a very clear rationale for why his or her score is rendered.

I believe the way to do this is to breakdown the actions of the fighters to their most fundamental components and make a very close examination of their body mechanics. What they do, how they do it and the effect it has should determine what the score should be.

We can do this by making a close assessment of the fighters’ styles and what they are attempting to accomplish and how they are succeeding at that.

Watch round 4 of Ayala v. Tapia. It is very close–how would you call it and what criteria would you site?

This program is going to examine a group of pro boxers who competed throughout the 90’s and into the 2000’s.  Hector Camacho Sr., Greg Haugen, Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad were all great fighters and many of them faced each other. They all had different styles, some more similar than others. We can look at what fighters had success and failures in this group and through that process examine the bio-mechanics that made them successful. it will be an excellent means to illustrate the minutia that goes into winning a close  round.

A quick sketch of the fighters:

Hector Camacho- Speed, Defense, Suspect Power

Julio  Cesar Chavez– Will Take 3 to Land 1, Power

Greg Haugen- Busy, Unsophisticated, Tough, Persistant

Pernell Whitaker—Speed, Defense, Suspect Power

Meldrick Taylor- Speed, Power, Too Much Heart For His Own Good?

Oscar De La Hoya- Straight ahead with power and speed

Felix Trinidad–Similar to DLH but maybe with less versatility?

What variables on the scoring criteria and the idea of damage come into play when these fighters are matched?

Stay tuned.

Further Reading

Check out this interesting article analyzing Mike Tyson’s speed and style.

Click here to read the rest of this series.

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Wondering where I’ve been?


Well, you could pretend.

I’ve gassed up the virtual Cadillac and have been touring the country visiting friends blogs. here’s a road map in case you missed any.

Gar Haywood’s crazy interview on Murderati

Elizabeth White’s great book review site where I blog on what’s wrong with most fight scenes

Joe Konrath’s Newbie’s Guide to Publishing where I wrote about risk and the mystery writer

Amy Alessio’s Reading and cooking blog where you get to read about my vegeatarian Buffalo chicken wing recipe

Ebook and Kindle Reader Blog where I wrote about reviving the tired boxing metaphor

Crimespree Blog on how to write a novel in an hour a day

The ABC Basset Rescue Blog where I wrote about the importance of basset celebrations

Dana Cameron was nice enough to host me on the Femmes Fatale blog. i wrote about what people don’t know about boxing

LJ Sellers hosted me on the Crime Fiction Collective on punching up your fight scenes

Deb Baker had me at Cozy Chicks where I wrote about dogs in mysteries

Sueann Jaffarian was nice enough to host my favorite TV personality thoughts on Steve McGarrett at Criminal Minds

If you have a blog and would like me to come visit just let me know!

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I’m guest blogging today.

Come visit me at the Crime Fiction Collective

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I haven’t sparred in a couple of months because of travel,my trainer’s schedule, judging fights and vacation. I’ve been working out but I haven’t been sparring.

Sunday I got back into it and felt awful.

I was sore from a Friday boxing workout and that might have made the joints creakier than usual but I think it had more to do with muscle memory. Sparring felt foreign, not at all natural and my movement felt clunky.

I figured the first round would warm me up.

It didn’t.

The toughest blow wasn’t a head or body shot it was to the ego. I could tell my trainer was holding off. He always brings it to my ability but I could tell even if he didn’t say much that he was being careful.

I went straight back. I left the jab out. I gave ground too easy. I clinched stupidly.

I’m glad i did it. I’ll be better next time if not too much time goes by which is a big if.

My shoulders tightened up bad that night which also told me how tense I was.

I hope this isn’t the week Holyfield calls.

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From Amazon Vine reviewer, Rick Mitchell (who isn’t even related to me nor does he own a basset hound!)

Other reviewers have compared Mr. Schreck to Coben and Parker. They are absolutely right. He is definitely in that league. I was shocked this is his third book. I immediately went and bought his first. This book has all the humor, intelligence and human warmth of their best stuff.

This book has a few intrigues going on at once. Like the best of Parker and Coben, Schreck’s main character, the professional sparring partner and social worker, Duffy Dombrowski, is well-developed and with great depth. This enables the plot to include some real human interest elements to go with the humor and the mysteries.

Although classified as a mystery, this is not a standard whodunit. Duffy is going through life in his usual take-it-as-it-comes manner. There is a parallel under story of murders of Mexicans in Las Vegas, but this does not impact him for quite some time. For most of the book, Duffy is dealing with the vagaries of being employed by the Russian mob.

There is a lot of good humor here to go with the good story lines. Duffy’s “posse” of four, who normally don’t leave their usual bar stools is priceless. Their conversations are laugh out loud funny while being perfectly believable despite their absurdity. Duffy’s bassett hound, Al, adds to the book in unforeseen ways.

I have only one caution. In the first 60 or so pages, there was a lot of scatological humor that would put a 14 year old boy on his knees with guffaws, but not so much for adults. I was pleased and relieved that after that start, the humor became much richer.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough for a good fun read.

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Not thinking real clearly but wanted to check in. Let’s go over some things.

1. I have been taking Sudafed for two days. I feel like my whole body is humming like a power wire

2. Judging from the commercials aired at 3:45am people up at this hour have problems with urinating, falling down and getting hurt at work a lot and are confused vocationally.

3. I wish I slept as well as the bloodhound who gets me up this early.

4.  The tv news rarely reports happy things

5. A 49 year old pilot flipped out last night. I’m 50 and I can relate to wanting to flip out.

6. Most things I worry about are bullshit

7. A lot of people are annoying

8. The kid getting shot in Florida really sucks. Not sure how ripping off a Walgreens is a sign of support.

9. When I try to meditate I work on not thinking and trying to feel like I exist only as part of everything else. Thoughts almost never stop coming but counting quietly seems to help.

10. I’m going on vacation in a week and am nervous about it. People say that’s crazy but I’ve gotten use to it. I like structure

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Yvonne of Socrates’s Cozy Cafe  lives in New York with her husband and three cats. She has a full time

job and is also, an aspiring author. She’s completed four romance

novels and is currently trying to write a cozy mystery.

She reads many different genres – cozy mysteries, romances, thrillers and

suspense and enjoys a little of everything. Most of the time she can be

found online on different online groups (for both books and TV shows).

1. What really gets your interest in a mystery?

If the author can keep me guessing until the end, that’s a huge hook for me. I need

a mystery going throughout the entire book for me to stick with it.

2. What bores the hell out of you?

Knowing right up from “whodunnit”. I prefer to keep guessing throughout the book,

even if I guess early on who the culprit is. I just don’t like knowing definitively

up front who is responsible. Also, if it’s part of a series, I don’t like too much

re-hashing of things we know from previous books. If the reader is interested, they

should get the previous books and read them. The current book should be new

material more than old material.

3. What cliches would you really like to see go away?

The butler did it? No, seriously I don’t want to see the heroine have to wait for

hero (or any guy) to save the day. More often than not, the heroines are strong and

can help themselves.

4. What topics, themes etc would you like to see more of in mysteries?

I’m one of the rare people who still likes amnesia and serial killer stories. I

know they are over done, but I enjoy them.

5. What mistakes do you think authors make?

I think it’s a major mistake to kill off animals in books. It’s a major pet peeve

of mine – I cannot tolerate an animal being killed for any reason. There have been

times in the past when I’ve stopped reading a book for that reason or, if I heard

about it in advance, I wouldn’t read it. That being said, Stephen King is a

favorite of mine and he does that sometimes and I’ve been able to accept it with no

problem. Maybe it’s because of the paranormal aspects of his books.

Another thing – I don’t particularly like when we are led to believe someone is the

culprit only to find out that it was a secret twin the reader never knew even

existed. That just seems like a cop out to me. Also, having readers trying to

solve a mystery but then tossing in info at the end that the readers didn’t know

about – therefore, couldn’t possibly solve the mystery. I’m not saying the mystery

should be easy to solve, but don’t toss in a curve readers didn’t know existed (like

a twin or something like that).

6. Do you write? Would you like to?

Yes and yes. I’ve written four manuscripts of romance novels. I intended them for

Harlequin and Silhouette, but they were rejected. This was years ago. My interests

have now turned towards cozy mysteries so I’m going to try my hand at writing for

that genre.

7. Who are your favorites?

I have so many favorite authors…James Patterson, Stephen King, Janet Evanovich,

Leann Sweeney, Denise Swanson, Rita Mae Brown, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Laura

Levine, Jill Shalvis, Charlaine Harris and there are so many more. I can be here

all day listing my favorites.

8. Why did you start reviewing? If you really hate a book will you still review it?

I never actually meant to review books. Years ago I was on different

online groups and they asked if we wanted to review. It sounded like

something fun, so I agreed. I was sent many manuscripts, ARCs, galleys

and I started reviewing. I enjoyed it very much but those groups ended

and I stopped reviewing. Since I started my blog three years ago, I’ve

been approached by authors, publishers, and publicists to review

different books and I’ve accepted them. It’s fun and I’ve “discovered”

new-to-me authors. I’m overwhelmed by the number of requests I have

received. I wish I could accept them all, but it’s impossible.

I choose the books I want to review very carefully since my time is

limited. I have a pretty good idea of what I’ll like. If I start

reading something I really don’t like, I won’t continue reading. If I

don’t read the complete book, I won’t review it at all. I don’t think

it’s fair for me to review a book I didn’t finish.

For other

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