Why Isn’t This Olympic Boxing Scandal Bigger News? [VIDEO]

Movies always talk about cheating in boxing, throwing matches, and taking bribes but that’s Hollywood at it’s best–you wouldn’t expect to see that kind of despicable play in the Olympics. Well, guess what, it’s happening. Last night I was cruising through Reddit and came across the video you see above. It’s almost atrocious to watch. What you’ll see is Magomed Abdulhamidov from Azerbaijan getting absolutely pummeled by Satoshi Shimizu from Japan. Instead of starting the 8-count like he’s supposed to do when a fighter hits the deck, the referee simply signals for Magomed to stand up. He does this each time the Azerbaijani hits the ground.

For the full story, check out the BBC’s original report that was published over a year ago here. They reported that an Azerbaijani investor allegedly paid $10 million to an AIBA (the boxing federation) official to ensure that two Azerbaijani boxers would leave London 2012 with two medals. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Wow, they blew this story out into the open a year ago and it’s still happening,” that’s a normal sentiment. It’s an absolute outrage. In the words of the punch-drunk commentator Teddy Atlas:

You know, I’m going to start keeping a bucket here, near ringside, because I wanna throw up, and sooner or later, I think I’m gonna have trouble restraining the food in my body—in my stomach—from coming up, when I see some of these decisions that are destroying fighters—just destroying their hopes, their dreams, and all their work that they put in to get here!

For the record: yes, the referee was immediately banished from the Olympics; yes, the result was overturned, but no, the judges weren’t penalized. Considering that they were the ones who made the final decision, who’s to say this absolute f*cking nonsense won’t continue.



    1. @brainoffice says:

      Holy shit! Yeah the sport is considered a joke and the fact that no one is talking about this is making the Olympics seem like a joke. Wow

    2. blameus says:

      not much different than women's soccer, Canada vs usa!

      1. GlibTongue says:

        Yep. US women's football team doesn't get called for a handball in their goalkeepers box, but of course Canada does.

        Then in the gold medal match against Japan, on a free kick, the American defender 'Heath' clearly made a handball, again no penalty was called. On another free kick for Japan, the american defender 'Buehler' had her arms hugged around the mid-section of a Japanese striker and basically tackled her to the ground and into Hope Solo. Another foul that would have resulted in a penalty shot, that didn't occur.

        Bribery in the olympics? I'm SURE it's happening.

      2. nycbass says:

        Dude (or dudette), your forward curb-stomped the shit out of Carli Lloyd. No call.

    3. guest says:

      ^^ Canada would bribe, too, but no one wants their goofy-looking money. ^^

      1. guy says:

        So goofy it's worth more than the US dollar right?

    4. Guest says:

      "Movies always talk about cheating in boxing, throwing matches, and taking bribes but that’s Hollywood at it’s best"

      Yes, the result was a travesty, but so is a writer who doesn't know the difference between it's (it is) and its. This is the stuff you learn in 3rd grade.

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