Mourad Aliev, the french amateur super heavyweight boxer, didn’t leave the ring for an hour in the Kokugikan Arena because we felt that he was robbed of his win by the Olympic referee & judges. Over a century into boxing’s turbulent Olympic history, that gathering of frustrated fighters could fill a stadium. Roy Jones Jr., Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Michael Conlan. Those are just a few famous names of the boxers which felt victimized by controversial refereeing or messy judging in the Olympic ring over the decades.
Mourad Aliev was angry when referee Andy Mustacchio disqualified him with four seconds left in the second round. The referee was firm that Aliev had intentionally used his head to clash with British opponent Frazer Clarke, who had significant cuts near both of his eyes. After the decision was announced, Aliev sat down on the edge of the canvas. “This was my way of showing that the decision was so unfair,” Aliev said. “I wanted to fight against all that injustice, and honestly today, also, my teammates had unfair results. I trained my whole life for this, and I came here, and because of one referee’s decision, I lost. It’s over.”
Clarke, who clinched a medal with the win, thought that the decision was fair. “I felt there was a couple of heads going in there,” Clarke said. “Whether it was intentional or not, that’s not for me to say. ... I told him to calm down. You’re not thinking with your head. You’re thinking with your heart. I know it’s hard, but the best thing to do is go back to the changing room.”
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