Found August 01, 2012 on
After four fairly orderly days at the Olympics, perhaps the wacky world of amateur boxing was overdue for an eventful night.
An Iranian heavyweight received a curious disqualification, a Japanese boxer protested a strange loss to a pratfalling bantamweight from Azerbaijan, and two British fighters delighted the home crowd with narrow victories Wednesday night.
Iran's Ali Mazaheri left the ring without shaking hands and later cried conspiracy after a German referee disqualified him from his bout with Cuba's Jose Larduet, apparently for an accumulation of holding fouls. Japan's Satoshi Shimizu also filed a protest after he lost a 22-17 decision to second-seeded Magomed Abdulhamidov despite sending him to the canvas five times in the third round in what appeared to be an exhausted fighter's attempt to maintain a narrow lead.
The British crowd jeered and booed those decisions, but stood in near-constant cheers for its home favorites, who still haven't been beaten ...
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This video from the London Olympics is pretty big time right now, and with good reason. Japanese bantamweight Satoshi Shimizu (above) was knocking down Azerbaijani Magomed Abdulhamidov all over the place in the 3rd round Wednesday, and the referee treated it like nothing was happening. Rightfully, the result has been overturned and the referee suspended. Other obligations have kept...
Teddy Atlas, NBC's resident Olympic boxing expert and television analyst has been critical of the boxing judges throughout the 2012 London Games but went ballistic on the referee after Iran's Ali Mazaheri was disqualified during the Men's (91kg) Round of 16 against Cuba's Jose Larduet Gomez in the first round.
Mazaheri (blue) was so angry at his DQ, he refused to...
An Olympic boxing referee from Turkmenistan has been expelled from the London Games over his handling of a bout in which the result was overturned on appeal.
Boxing's governing body, known as AIBA, says referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov ''is on his way back home.''
In a bantamweight fight on Wednesday, Satoshi Shimizu of Japan was declared the loser despite repeatedly...
An boxing referee from Turkmenistan was expelled from the London Olympics on Thursday for his handling of a bout in which the result was overturned on appeal.
Boxing's governing federation, known as AIBA, released a statement saying referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov ''is on his way back home.''
The federation also suspended German referee Frank Scharmach five days...