Pod Index: Hernandez vs. Ross for the IBF Cruiserweight Title

By Boxing Analytics on October 2, 2012
Pod Index: Hernandez vs. Ross for the IBF Cruiserweight Title
The match fell into the most competitive category (0.7), making it a difficult fight to judge.

The 26-1 Yoan Pablo Hernandez retained his title by a close but unanimous decision over 25-2 Troy Ross in Bamberg, Germany…

Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. Troy Ross for the IBF Cruiserweight Title at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany on September 15, 2012

The 26-1 Hernandez, born in Cuba but fighting out of Germany, retained his title by a close but unanimous decision over 25-2 Ross. The match fell into the most competitive category (0.7), making it a very difficult fight to judge. The total Pod Index for the fight was 75.0%. The average Pod Index for all championship fights in the most competitive category is 69.7%. Considering that the fight was so close, this score indicates that the judges were very consistent with each other. In 7 of the 12 rounds, all three judges marked identical scores. In round 7, Benny Decroos of Belgium scored it even, 10-10. In 4 rounds, the judges were split. Of those split rounds, Mickey Vann (England) was in the minority twice, while Michael Pernick (USA) and Decross were the odd man out once each. 



Below is the most updated Pod Index scores for 2009 through today. As you will see, the metric has additional information since its first release. We now include a breakdown of consistency within each category of fight competitiveness. The competitiveness of the fights is calculated by looking at the difference between the fighters’ total scores. We calculate a competitiveness index for each bout, whereby the lower the score, the closer the match was. Competitiveness Index scores of 1 or less fall into the most competitive category; scores of 1-2 are considered somewhat competitive; while scores over 2.0 are less competitive.



(Matt Podgorski has officiated amateur and professional boxing as a judge, referee and timekeeper since the fall of 1998. He became one of the youngest officials to officiate a world title fight when he judged a bout for a WBF cruiserweight championship in 1999. The Pod Index brings “an objective metric to a subjective activity,” which in effect means judging the judges based on consistency of performance.)

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  1. Sean C. 02:20am, 10/03/2012

    It has been great to see the new measurement system has caught hold so quickly.  Unlike other sports where officials inconsistencies or simple errors can be corrected by instant replay, the need for such a tool is not as critical (but I argue that it could be useful).  Furthermore I would liken the “new” measurement added in this version to the recent football officiating issues, where all replacement officials may be well respected and successful based on their skill and integrity at their level of expertise (HS, Div1, Div2, Div3, etc), but the speed and the competitiveness of the NFL game is on a whole other level.  I feel this will help the officiating body better understand the capability of its officials, and help identify the needs for some to sharpen their skills.  This tool is a positive indicator for the sport.

  2. todd b 03:11pm, 10/02/2012

    I like this Pod Index, Boxing has needed something like this for a long time…

  3. the thresher 01:40pm, 10/02/2012

    Well, Matt is my good buddy and great referee Pete Podgorski’s son. We both grew up in Portage Park in Chicago. This is great stuff.

    Note how Julie and Feldman both had it 99-91 in the Vic D fight on Saturday. You can virtually bet that Julie always gets it right.

  4. George Boyko 01:12pm, 10/02/2012

    I think not only is this great to finally have a tool to measure the fighters performance, but to now judge performance specifically related to the judges themselves.  It will keep them on their toes and more honest due to this fact.  The one thing that bothers me most in sporting events is when a fight/games outcome is dramatic due to dishonesty and/or poor judging/refereeing/umpiring.  I applaud the young gentleman who finally came up with this idea and hope he can mirror this tracking process throughout the sporting arenas around the world.  Hat is off to you Mr. P.

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