Boxing Fix? Stunning Decision Alarms Critics
Azerbaijan boxer gets knocked down 6 times in one round, and wins
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2012 4:07 PM CDT
Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov is declared the winner over Japan's Satoshi Shimizu.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Something smells seriously fishy in the world of Olympic boxing. As Deadspin notes, knockdowns are rare things in the Games. So when Japan's Satoshi Shimuzu put Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov on the canvas six times in their third and final round, the outcome seemed clear-cut. Until, that is, the judges declared the bleary Abdulhamidov to be the winner.

Boos rained down, the announcers were apoplectic—"Everybody here should look at themselves and realize why this sport is considered a joke," said one—and Japan immediately appealed to AIBA, the sport's governing body. Amid the uproar, officials not only overturned the decision but expelled the ref from the Games. (Instead of stopping the bout, he actually fixed the Azerbaijan's headgear at one point, notes AP.) So why the conspiracy theory about a fixed match? Because last fall, a BBC investigation alleged that a certain country had given AIBA officials $9 million to ensure they'd win two gold medals in London. That country? Azerbaijan, of course. Head to Deadspin for video.

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boxcar
Aug 2, 2012 9:29 PM CDT
Back in 1964 before Casius Clay/Sonny Liston fight, I worked w/a Black Man who had grown up in Harlem, NY Before the fight he told me it was a "setup," that Liston was going to take a dive- that Casius Clay'd win BIG. How'd he know? The purpose of the fight game is to make BIG BUCKS and all the HYPE was being done so sucker bets would be made at high odds for Sonny to shut this upstart up- Take a look at propaganda in LA Times- They characterized Cassius as a loud-mouth young punk who "mouthed off" so much who wouldn't want Sonny to shut him up in the ring. Also he'd seen Cassius fight in Olympics and saw his greatness. Said it was a classic case of the big bad guy against the new young good guy, that the bad guy would lose. Was he right? Yep, Sonny didn't answer the bell @ mid fight, knowin' he'd been whooped- Big Surprise? NO No different than our elections- they are RIGGED too, just ask Ross Perot, congress appointed a bi-partisan committee on presidential debates that EXCLUDED other parties except the BIG TWO What the hell has "BI-PARTISAN" have to do with any decision other than its C O R R U P T ! and NO different than a ONE-Party system that EXCLUDES all other parties, same as Bi-Partisan system In short, to put it bluntly- America's 2-party system is a BIG LIE- the "system" gets 100% of the vote
SPHeroid
Aug 2, 2012 8:46 PM CDT
It's ironic that most of the world outlaws dog fighting and cock fighting et.al., ... But we we allow a sport, whose sole objective is to beat the snot out of a human being, and celebrate it.........
$3663674
Aug 2, 2012 5:33 PM CDT
This was so obvious it makes me wonder if the referee was afraid for his life. Azerbaijani mobsters can be pretty mean.