In professional boxing, when it comes to deciding the winner via points, sometimes it becomes a controversial decision. It is the same case when it comes to Olympics boxing. Here, we take a look at 5 boxers who got robbed at the Olympics.
Floyd Mayweather lost to Bulgarian Serafim Todorov in the semi-finals. However, it was clear that he got robbed. So much so that the referee even raised his wrong hand in confusion as Todorov was announced the winner.
Roy Jones Jr. was robbed of Olympic gold as he lost a 2–3 decision despite pummeling Park Si-hun of South Korea for three rounds, landing 86 punches to Park's 32. While raising Park's hand, even the referee murmured to Jones - "I can't believe they're doing this to you."
Evander Holyfield got robbed by a controversial disqualification in the Light heavyweight semi-finals for punching New Zealand boxer Kevin Barry after what seemed to be a stop. However, the replay showed that the referee stopped the bout after his punches.
Gary Russell represented the United States in the light welterweight division and was controversially eliminated in the third bout. Even Floyd Mayweather commented in an interview saying - “Gary Russell was robbed – clearly, clearly”.
Irishman Michael Conlan stuck his middle fingers up to cameras after controversially losing to Russian Vladimir Nikitin. This controversial decision resulted in IOC investigating AIBA and later stripping them of their right to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing tournament.