Selecting the Fighters for a Division Set (page 3)

STEP 5: 

Where as the last few steps are determined using a numerical process, the final step is arbitrary. Despite my best efforts, the groups always end up with fighters who should be included failing to do so; and while the exclusion of deserving fighters grouped in the Excellent or Very Good category seldom need adjudicated. those in the Good through Poor always need attention.

Step 5 requires that I decide which fighters must be placed in a group and shift a like number fighters into the following group. For example, if I believe there are five 'good' fighters who were excluded from the pool of good fighters who will make up the set, I'll place those five into the Good category and, again, arbitrarily remove five fighters from the Limited and Poor groups.

I'll continue to manipulate the groups until I'm sure that the fighters included make up a representative set. The remainder will then go into a second set for that division. If by some chance a third set would be needed, the fighters making up the second set would be determined by repeating the five step process.

CREATING THE CURRENT GROUPS

The grouping of fighters in the Heavyweight division was helter skelter at best. At first, I arbitrarily decided on the top 100 heavyweights who would make up the division. Then I realized that I had drawn my own colored barrier by excluding almost all of the great heavyweights who were discriminated against because of the color of their skin.

To correct that egregious oversight, I came up with a 'supplemental' group of fighters who either won or contended for what was known as The Black Heavyweight Championship. 

After adding those worthwhile fighters, it became apparent that too many lineal champions and legitimate contenders had been excluded; so two more groups were added. By the time all was said and done, the Heavyweight pool numbered 160 fighters.

Certainly, a number of 'names' and card-worthy heavyweights still existed outside the 160, but it was my belief that the division had a strong mix of variously skilled fighters and now contained all the lineal champions, so it was time to move on.

 

The Light-heavyweight division proved easier due to two factors: first, I employed the system that I'm now describing, and second, I had learned from the mistakes I had made when doing the heavyweights.  

 

The number of light-heavies conveniently broke into easily defined groups and after disqualifying those fighters with very poor records and those who for one reason or another didn't belong (in my opinion), it became clear that a single set would more than suffice for the light-heavyweights; and although a number of deserving fighters were left out, I know that eventually I would be creating supplemental sets.

However, once I started working with the welterweights, middleweights and, now, the lightweights, I realized that I would either have to raise the number of fighters included in a set or do multiple sets, either releasing them back to back or after completing all the major divisions.

And that's when the Five Step Process goes into effect once again!

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