Boxing, both professional and amateur, have always courted controversy and scandal, and the Games of the XXX Olympiade, LONDON 2012 is no different.
It's the ONLY Olympic sport in which professionals are barred, and has an upper age limit of 35. For the very first time Women's boxing is an Olympic sport so now EVERY sport has female competitors.
Yesterday Ishangaly Meretnyyazov of Tajikistan, a judge, was sent home after a boxing decision in the bantam weight class in which Satoshi Shimuzu of Japan knocked down Magomed Abdulhamidu six times in the third round alone yet his Azerbaijani opponent was given the decision. The decision was overruled in favour of the Japanese boxer. Also suspended for 5 days was German judge Frank Scharmach, after he had disqualified Iranian heavyweight Ali Mazaheri in his bout with Cuba's Jose Larduet. Technical official Aghajan Abiyev of Azerbaijan was also sent home to Baku. However, that result stood.
In last Friday's welterweight contest Errol Spence of USA lost to Krishan Vika of India who held his opponent nine times but was only cautioned for one. The decision was reviewed and overruled and Spence advanced on a revised 15-13 decision.
Lets go back to SEOUL, South Korea and the 1988 Summer Olympics which had the Ben Johnson 100 metre scandal and many bad decisions in the boxing. Most infamous was when Roy Jones Jr. of USA, in the lightweight division, lost to local favourite Park Si-hua on a 3-2 decision. NBC TV hired a computer company to score the bout and came up with 86-32 hits for Jones. An Argentian judge Osvaldo Bisbl said that he and his colleagues were given bulging cash filled envelopes, which he alone refused.
The governing body AIBA then changed the judging to a computerised system, with 5 judges scoring and the highest and lowest scores set aside, but scandals continue.
Lets look at the last World Boxing Championships which were held in Baku, Azerbaijan with some very dubious decisions, including some questionable ones going for home country boxers. Magomedrasul Medzhidov was given a decision over Anthony Johnson of Great Britain in the Super Heavyweight final. The IABA, which controls the sport, had accepted a $10 million 'donation' from a mysterious Azerbaijani businessman on behalf of the WSB (World Series of Boxing).
Anna Adams of BBC Newsnight interviewed Ivan Khodabakksh, CEO of WSB recently after it had been rumoured that the money was to GUARANTEE TWO GOLD MEDALS for Azerbaijani boxers at the London Games. He denied the suggestion of course.
Five Azeri boxers have already been eliminated while 3 are still in competition. Look at their progress this week.