London: Serious questions about the authenticity of scoring in the Olympic men's boxing are raised following a string of contentious decisions. The murmurs of skulduggery gained steam last Wednesday when Azerbaijan took on Japan.
The Azeri bantamweight Magomed Abdulhamidov was declared winner despite being knocked down six times in the final round by Japan's Shimizu Satoshi. Japan appealed against the decision and the result was overturned. Few days later, another Azeri boxer Teymur Mammadov won a very close victory against a Belarusian fighter Siarhei Karneyeu.
In the third round, he ostensibly committed holding fouls without being heavily penalised. The crowd and commentators were surprsied when he was adjudged victorious.
Belarus appealed but this time it was not upheld....more
11:08 PM, Aug 11, 2012