REPORTING · 18th May 2010
The Kitimat Boxing Club held its annual golden gloves tournament at 7 pm Satuday. However, in preparation for the tournament, the boxing club held a special Judges Clinic at 9 am, Saturday Morning. Hosting the clinic was the referee, Ian Gibson, a level 4 boxing referee and the most respected referee in British Columbia who has been a referee for 27 years and is almost ready for retirement.
“Wally (the coach sitting next to him), and I both enjoy this sport of boxing. The reason I got involved in [boxing] is for the kids. I’m not interested in politics or anything,” said Gibson.
The clinic was, for the most part, for learning how to judge a bout. However, there would also be a referee’s clinic as well. “That’s the biggest problem we have right now is [lack of] judges, and up here, a question of referees. We need to get referees since quite a few people have left here, we need more,” said Gibson.
The bouts were scored mixing systems both old and new. Currently, the, boxing association uses ‘clickers’ to judge a bout. Similar technology to what night club owners use to track the number of people who enter a club. “Every time a punch lands on a target, the guy presses the button. At the end of each round, they take the score, put it on a paper and turn this back to 0,” said Gibson.
There were many boxing clubs in Kitimat for the tournament. Prior to weigh in, there were 11 bouts scheduled.