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