Eleven Fights At 2016 Rio Olympics Were Reportedly Fixed
A whopping 11 boxing fights at the Rio 2016 Olympics are suspected to have been fixed, according to a fresh independent report.
The bouts include Michael Conlan’s loss against Vladimir Nikitin in the bantamweight quarter-final where only one of the five judges scored in the Irishman’s favor. The judges’ decision baffled the viewers as it was a very close contest, but the officials made it seem like a one-sided affair.
“Four judges would be required to vote in favor of a particular boxer to ensure that he/she was the winner. This was the case in the Conlan fight, and may indicate that the result had been predetermined,” the news reports claimed.
Another controversial fight includes the super-heavyweight final bout between France’s Tony Yoka and Great Britain’s Joe Joyce. The Frenchman was declared the winner despite an average performance. AIBA President Umar Kremlev has, however, assured the participants that the body will ascertain how the fight results were pre-decided.
“I am determined to ensure that boxers receive a fair fight,” he said. “This determination is demonstrated by AIBA’s clear commitment to uncovering the truth and acting on it.”
In an interview with Sky Sports after the news report was made public, Conlin admitted that he felt robbed off gold.
“It was my only dream really as a fighter, from when I started boxing. Once that was ripped away from me – it’s a bit corny – but a bit of me was ripped away,” the featherweight boxer said.