Get rid of two-minute rounds

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Canadian Boxing Federation’s National Championship Committee is on a slippery slope by continuing to include Chris Norrad of Boiestown, N.B., in its monthly ratings.

At first glance, Norrad’s 8-0 record and four KOs show he deserves his ranking as the No. 5 cruiserweight in the nation, which in turn would appear to make him a worthy contender for the title held by Saskatoon’s Ryan Henney (17-3, 9 KOs).

But first glances can be deceiving.

Considering seven of Norrad’s eight wins have come in fights contested with two-minute rounds, how can the NCC rate him higher than the likes of Edmonton’s James Cermak (16-2-1) or Quebec’s David Whittom (11-16)?

In a statement on canad-ianboxiana.com, NCC member Ed Pearson explained the committee’s logic.

“If a two-minute round fight is sanctioned by a commission that is legally established and authorized to regulate boxing in a jurisdiction, we have no choice but to consider the fighter’s record as part of our rankings,” said Pearson, who is based in Edmonton.

“Two-minute rounds are being used extensively around the world for novice boxers, and Fightfax recognizes these fights and puts them in the official record of the boxers.

“Norrad has the equivalent of 22 three-minute rounds of experience, if you tally up all his minutes of boxing and divide by three. You can’t discount that experience because you think that boxing ought to be fought exclusively by three- minute rounds.”

So what’s next? Will novice boxers who cross over from mixed martial arts have their five-minute MMA rounds tallied up and divided by three in order to arrive at a ‘rankable’ guesstimate of their boxing experience?

The NCC’s stand is in stark contrast to the rival Canadian Professional Boxing Council, which is headquartered in Norrad’s home province.

“The CPBC does not support or recognize two-minute round bouts as professional boxing contests,” president Don Collette told the blogsite.

“We are firm on this. Our rating criterion is three professional fights of three-minute rounds. Once a fighter has accomplished this, he is reviewed by the CPBC and entered into the rankings at our discretion.”

That’s how it should be.

Unless the NCC is prepared to establish a clear delineation between “novice” fighters and full-fledged pros, two-minute rounds — which are the standard in women’s boxing — have no place in Canadian rings when men are fighting.

And “contenders” who build their record on two-minute rounds have no place in the national rankings.

murray.greig@sunmedia.ca


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