VAR to be considered for permanent use by British board after Charlie Edwards no contest

VAR could become a permanent fixture in boxing after it made headlines across the sport on Saturday night.

 

Due to the WBC’s support of video replay decisions in boxing, Charlie Edwards’ KO defeat to Julio Cesar Martinez was immediately overturned after their fight this weekend, with most praising this as the correct decision.

 

Having already knocked Edwards down, Martinez hit the Brit with a late shot while he was already on the canvas, making it impossible for him to beat the count.

 

Despite initially being counted out and the Mexican proclaimed as the new champion, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman reversed the decision immediately and called the result a no contest with an immediate rematch to be ordered.

 

This overruled the British Boxing Board of Control’s usual rules, though they may change soon given the positive response.

 

“This issue will be discussed formally now,” BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith told the Mail.

 

“We had 268 shows in Britain last year so we have to consider whether it is right VAR for being used only at shows where the screen replays are available.

 

“But we are always looking to improve the sport and move with the times where appropriate.”

 

It is claimed in the report that the board will have this discussion at their next council meeting and are thought to be very likely to approve the introduction of a VAR system in the UK.

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