Pod Index: Reg Thompson Breaks Into Top 15
Gideon Buthelezi vs. Edrin Dapudong is a fine example of the limitation fans and media face by only seeing the total scores of the bout…
Reg Thompson, a veteran British judge with well over 100 matches worked since 1990, broke into the top 15 most consistent judges in the world last weekend. Reg worked two IBO world title bouts in South Africa on November 10th, putting him over the minimum 60 round mark (since 2009) required to be ranked in the Pod Index database. His overall Pod Index of 82.5% is well above the world average.
Reg partnered with American Michael Pernick and South African Tony Nyangiwe. In the co-main event, Gideon Buthelezi won a close split decision over Edrin Dapudong. Although Reg Thompson was on the minority side of the total score, his individual round scores proved very consistent with both Nyangiwe and Pernick. In nine of the 12 rounds, all three judges inked identical scores. In round 9, the judges disagreed slightly on Buthelezi’s score, but all awarded the round to Dapudong. Rounds 2 and 3 were split, where Michael Pernick was in the majority for both; Thompson and Nyangiwe each dissented once. The total Pod Index for the fight was 86.1%—excellent as compared to an overall average of 69.7% for the most competitive fight category.
This fight is a fine example of the limitation fans and media face by only seeing the total scores of the bout. Without the detailed round by round analysis, one might conclude that Reg Thompson was off the mark, while Pernick and Nyangiwe saw exactly the same fight. In reality, all three judges were very consistent with each other—Thompson and Nyangiwe ended with identical Pod Index scores. And despite the split decision, Michael Pernick was not in the minority of even one round.
The main event of the evening pitted reigning IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen against Fulgencio Zuniga. In a lopsided victory, Oosthuizen retained his title with a unanimous decision, earning all 12 rounds on Thompson’s scorecard. The total Pod Index for the fight was 88.9%, a bit better than the overall average of 87.0% for less competitive matches.