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Old 01-20-2011, 10:35 PM   #1
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A lot of those old fights were newspaper decisions meaning they were scored by press row instead of official judges. Did a newspaper decision count on any official record?
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:01 PM   #2
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A lot of those old fights were newspaper decisions meaning they were scored by press row instead of official judges. Did a newspaper decision count on any official record?
No!

One newspaper might have it one way and another the other way. Say a boxer was from New York, the papers their might have him winning, and the boxer that was from Philly, their newspapers might have him winning. Sometimes the writers were even paid off to write the winner. When I do my research I go by as many newspapers as possible so I can get the real story.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:09 AM   #3
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A concensus is the way to go.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:23 AM   #4
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The telegram reports are the most notoriously unreliable. Sometimes a manager would wire a "result" through before the fight had even commenced, or finished, and it was often a race to the telegraph office to wire a false report. Or so I've heard.

Newspapers decisions were not official, but I think gamblers might still make use of them.

Reporters in those days were low-paid and took bribes to write false reports.

having said all that, are "official" decisions any better ?
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