Boxing is going down in flames this year and while the sport was looking for a boost in the Olympics, it didn’t get it.
Magomed Abdulhamidov from Azerbaijan got a beating from Satoshi Shimizu of Japan but was still able to get the decision. Not just that but there was a point when Magomed was down on the ground and instead of being given an 8-count, the referee just signaled for him to stand up.
Was it a fix? If you ask the BBC then the answer to that question is YES!
Over a year ago the BBC published a story that an Azerbaijani investor allegedly paid $10 million to an AIBA (the boxing federation) official to ensure that two Azerbaijani boxers would leave London 2012 with two medals.
Famed boxing analyst and trainer Teddy Atlas:
You know, I’m going to start keeping a bucket here, near ringside, because I wanna throw up, and sooner or later, I think I’m gonna have trouble restraining the food in my body—in my stomach—from coming up, when I see some of these decisions that are destroying fighters—just destroying their hopes, their dreams, and all their work that they put in to get here!
Think the referee was bribed?