EDITOR’S NOTE: In a rare but welcome display of common sense and fair play, the AIBA boxing group which oversees Olympic and all international amateur boxing granted an appeal from wronged welterweight Errol Spence Jr., the USA boxer who had seemingly been jobbed in his second round match against an Indian boxer.
The result of Bout 142 in London was changed from a defeat for the Dallas boxer into a 15-13 victory, thus leaving Spence as the only American male still boxing onward.
The appeal cited the ineptitude of the bout referee and noted that Vikas Krishan had spit out his gumshield in the second round, an obvious move to waste time, and the referee gave no warning for this foul. The appeal also mentioned that the boxer from India committed–get this–NINE holding fouls in the third and final round and was not properly penalized for the flagrant grabbing and clutching.
So Spence next fights Andy Zamkovoy of Russia.
America’s only two boxing victories in the 2012 Games so far have been notched by Spence. The USA lost eight other bouts.
Props to AIBA for righting this wrong and turning an injustice into the proper result.
LAS VEGAS–Through 50-plus years of watching boxing matches, I’ve seen petty larcenies, grand larcenies and other assorted blatant robberies.
When it comes to lousy scoring, to say that I am jaded is belaboring the obvious.
But the royal screwing London Olympic judges gave plucky American Erroll Spence Jr. is really one for the books, the pornography books.
The decision given to badly fading Vikas Krishan, 13-11, over the Dallas boxer was so surprising that the referee began to raise the last American hope’s hand in victory. The ref only raised up the Indian boxer’s hand when the ring announcer said the winner was from the red corner.
Spence ripped into the Indian, who belongs among the world’s elite amateurs, in the second round and seemed to easily rack up more than a one point advantage in the round. But one measly point edge is all Spence was given.
In the third round, Spence was scrappy, forcing the bout all the way and Krishan kept looking to clutch and hold.
This being the Olympics with its silly fistic rules, Krishan got away with his octopus tactics.
Spence did the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym proud, he did Team USA proud and he was cheated out of an earned victory and a likely medal to bring back to Texas.
Maybe Spence can chat with Roy Jones about how it feels to get cheated in the Olympic Games.
Mark Spence down as a future world champion who will thrive in the pros where fairness breaks out more often than it does in the dumb amateur ranks.
You’ve heard of Amateur Night in Dixie?
In this shameful bout, it was Amateur Night in East London.
Shame, shame, shame on the idiots who gave this victory to the shocked Indian lad.
Spence’s Olympic dream lies shattered but any judge who favored Vikas should be summarily banned from any more international boxing judging, beginning with the remainder of these Games.