Brazil has requested a review of the men’s middleweight boxing final at the London Olympics, saying a judge’s error may have cost Esquiva Falcao his bout against Japan’s Ryota Murata.
The Brazilian Olympic Committee said in a statement Friday it sent a letter to the International Amateur Boxing Association asking that the fight be reviewed, basing its request on press reports that Polish judge Mariusz Gorn acknowledged penalizing Falcao excessively for an infraction.
The Brazilian, a bronze medalist in the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, lost to Murata on Aug. 11 by a score of 14-13 in a bout that came down to the third and final round.
Falcao, who was down by a point after the first two rounds, outboxed Murata in the third round but had to settle for silver after Gorn deducted him two points for supposedly grabbing his opponent.
In statements to the local media, Brazilian judge Jones Kennedy said his Polish colleague told him after the bout that he did not think his decision would harm Falcao as much as it did.
“All indications are there was an error in interpretation by the judge. That’s why we’ve asked the IABA to review the fight result,” Brazilian Olympic Committee Chairman Carlos Arthur Nuzman was quoted as saying.
The committee “has the obligation to defend the interests of Brazilian athletes,” Nuzman said.
The Brazilian middleweight’s brother, Yamaguchi Falcao, won bronze in London in the light heavyweight division.