A request made by the Brazilian Olympic Committee to review the men’s middleweight boxing final has been denied. The request was made after Polish judge Mariusz Gorn admitted to excessively penalizing Esquiva Falcao for an infraction. The International Amateur Boxing Association must have disagreed for they announced Tuesday that there was not enough evidence to warrant a review.
Several sources claim to have heard Gorn acknowledge he mistakenly deducted two points from Falcao for supposedly grabbing his opponent Ryota Murata of Japan. The alleged infraction came at a pivotal moment in the fight and was undoubtedly the difference in the result.
Murata was up one point going into the third round of the fight but was outmatched by Falcao in that last round. If it were not for the deduction, Falcao would have had a one point win and taken the gold. Instead Murata took the 75kg division with a 14-13 victory which, after the IABA statement, seems will stick.
The Brazilian Olympic Committee was told by the IABA that the referee showed sympathy for Falcao’s loss but did not admit to making a mistake. The decision and the quickness with which it was made, the request was made only three days ago, makes one wonder how far the IABA looks into these types of requests.
It seems they probably asked Gorn if he did it, he said no, they finished the investigation. It makes sense from a public relations standpoint. Overturning a decision and taking away a gold medal from someone, who was not at fault, would not look good for the boxing association, so why look any further?
Things like this are what make it hard sometimes to be a purist type fan of boxing. It is hard to watch an athlete give it everything they’ve got, out fight their opponent and walk away with a loss. What makes this one even worse is that the man who made this travesty happen admitted to it and still a winner holds his head.