VIDEO: Boxer Gets Disqualified in the Last 10 Seconds of Match at Tokyo Olympics – Reacts Violently

Published 08/01/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Boxing – Men’s Super Heavyweight – Quarterfinal – KKG – Kokugikan Arena – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Mourad Aliev of France reacts after referee stopped his fight with Cheavon Clarke of Britain Pool via REUTERS/Themba Hadebe


Over the years, Great Britain has had a lot of success in the heaviest weight category in boxing at the Olympics. This year they pinned their hopes on 29-year-old Frazer Clarke. He fought against Mourad Aliev of France in the Quarterfinal 2.

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As the winner of the match was guaranteed a medal, both the boxers left their heart out in the ring. Aliev put on a great fight against the English boxer and won the first round on the judge’s scorecards. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Boxing – Men’s Super Heavyweight – Quarterfinal – KKG – Kokugikan Arena – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Mourad Aliev of France refuses to leave a ringside after the referee disqualified him during a fight with Cheavon Clarke of Britain REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Last-minute DQ for Mourad Aliev 

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Referee Andy Mustacchio disqualified Aliev with just four seconds remaining in round 2 of the scheduled three-round fight. The referee disqualified the Frenchman on account of ‘intentionally’ head butting his opponent during the fight. Frazer Clarke had a significant cut near both his eyes because of this.

After they announced the verdict in the ring, the Frenchman reacted furiously to the decision as he went over to a camera and started punching it, saying no repeatedly. He paced around the ring towards his corner and near the ropes. His opponent, Frazer Clarke, came over to try to console him, but in vain.

The Frenchman refused to accept that this was how he went out of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 competition. In protest, he sat down near the ring steps, right next to the ropes. Mourad Aliev did not move for a good 30 minutes till boxing officials came over to talk to him. After a while, they managed to convince him to leave the ring and head back to the dressing room.

Fifteen minutes later, the Frenchman came back outside and sat on the stairs, continuing his protest. 

Frazer Clarke felt there was a couple of heads going in there

After the fight, the media asked Frazer Clarke about the incident. He responded, “I felt there was a couple of heads going in there.”

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“Whether it was intentional or not, that’s not for me to say. … I told [Aliev afterward] to calm down. You’re not thinking with your head. You’re thinking with your heart. I know it’s hard, but the best thing to do is go back to the changing room.”

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Clarke continues British dominance at the heaviest weight category in the Olympics. Now, he is just two wins away from emulating the likes of 2012 Gold medalist Anthony Joshua. 

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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