Originally Posted by Cirquerider
I had not seen this, but wow! I'm glad the decision was overturned. Where was that referee from that he so blatantly favored the Azerbaijan fighter?
Did you see this?
Turkmenistan. The AIBA sent Ishanguly Meretnyyazov home expelling him from the games, but only gave the German ref who screwed the Iranian fighter a 5 day suspension.
I love listening to Teddy Atlas because he has the knowledge and experience of training world champion boxers, adds insightful analysis to each fight, routinely calls out HBO on their BS, and has no issue with calling boxing a corrupt sport. He went crazy when he saw all those non-eight counts because he knew from years of experience the fix was in. He can get away with being honest because Teddy Atlas is Teddy Atlas, and a decent veteran announcer like Jim Lampley could never have the same knowledge or insight to threaten him.
Boxing has to go back to the 10-point must system, because the current system of electronic scoring is a joke. Taekwondo was also laughable in 2008, with the Cuban fighter getting so mad he kicked the referee in his head. I have no idea why Lopez got screwed by his kicks not "landing" in 2008. Corruption? Perhaps. They almost dropped Taekwondo this year, so improved electronic sensors to aid in the scoring were added. The rules were also changed so head kicks of any force score the same (3 pts), adding more spetacular kicking to the event. Regardless, there will always be a bias against anyone named Lopez coming from the USA in Taekwondo, even if they both won world championships. The Great Britain guy ranked #1 in the world didn't even make his country's team, because he pulled a Bode Miller stunt and trained by himself. What his country's Taekwondo association did by choosing another fighter--in obvious retaliation-- is disgraceful.
Edited by quant2325 - 8/2/12 at 2:28pm