By Jake Donovan
UPDATE I: The AIBA reviewed a tape of the fight between Magomed Abdulhamidov (Azerbaijan) and Satoshi Shimizu (Japan) based on an appeal from the Japanese Olympic Team. The verdict has been overturned, and Shimizu will now move on to the quarterfinals as Abdulhamidov has been disqualified from competition.
UPDATE II: Referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov is also being reevaluated by the AIBA, to determine if he should be further sanctioned as an Olympic official. If there is any justice, he'll be given a plane ticket home and a lifetime ban from organized sports.
The four remaining bouts in the bantamweight Round of 16 bouts start off the evening portion of Day Five competition.
Great Britain’s own Luke Campbell helped jump start the festivities with a 11-9 win over Vitorrio Parrinello of Italy. Campbell received a first round bye and was fighting for the first time in the 2012 London Games. His appearance was well-received by a rabid, partisan crowd on hand at the Excel Arena, who cheered his every move.
Fortunately for Campbell, he landed just enough punches to please the judges as well, or at least convince them to help him advance to the quarterfinals. The two fought on even terms in the first and third rounds (according to the judges, offering a 3-3 score in each frame), but a mid-fight surge by Campbell helped provide the final margin of victory.
Great Britain currently stands at a perfect 4-0 to this point in the competition. Campbell moves on to the quarterfinals, where he will face Detelin Dalakliev of Bulgaria, thanks to a disputable 14-10 win over Australia's Ibraham Balla.
A tightly contested affair seemed to come down to who would surge ahead in the final round. Balla's superior workrate appeared to get the job done. The judges felt otherwise, giving Dalakilev the round 6-3, adding to his earlier one point lead to ultimately seal the deal.
Campbell and Dalakilev will square off Sunday, August 5. The winner advances to the medal round.
Mohamed Ouadahi of Algeria advances to the quarterfinals thanks to a 16-10 win over William Encarnacion of the Domincan Republic. The bout was a grueling affair, thanks in large part to Encarnacion's constant clinching.
Ouadahi did his best to fight through the ugliness, though even tougher to watch was the atrocious officiating offered in the bout that determined the Algerian's quarterfinals opponent.
Magomed Abdulhamidov of Azerbaijan was granted a first round bye, thus fighting his first bout in the 2012 London Games. For two rounds, he appeared well on his way to being deserving of a spot on the division's Elite Eight, which he would ultimately gain with a 22-17 win over Japan's Satoshi Shimizu.
The rangy southpaw aided his cause with his aggresive style and complete disregard for defense, as Abdulhamidov managed knockdowns in the first and second round.
Then came the third, in which Satoshi - who never took a backward step the entire fight - went for broke. Abdulhamidov's best response was to constantly flop to the canvas and attempt other means to kill the clock.
His cause was aided by referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov, who quite frankly should receive a permanent ban from anything related to boxing. The inept third man constantly allowed Abdulhamidov off the hook, only issuing one official warning which granted Shimizu two extra points.
What went largely ignored was the clean punching of Shimizu, which should have led to three clean knockdowns and a stoppage in any other fight. The referee felt otherwise, as did the five judges at ringside, who somehow came up with 10 points to award Abdulhamidov in the round.
Shimizu won the round 12-10 according to the judges, but wasn't enough to overcome the seven-point deficit he faced heading into the final round. The crowd lustily booed the decision in disbelief as Abdulhamidov was escorted from the ring, while Shimizu remained between the ropes, clutching his hands to his head in disbelief.
Bantamweight quarterfinal action takes place on Sunday, August 5. A full recap of the early portion of the bantamweight Round of 16 can be found
Round of 16 Matchups (Wednesday, August 1):
Lazaro Alvarez (Cuba) def. Joseph Diaz Jr. (USA) 21-15
Robenilson Vieira (Brazil) def. Sergey Vodopiyanov (Russia), 13-11
John Joe Nevin (Ireland) def. Kanat Abutalipov (Kazakhstan), 15-10
Oscar Valdez (Mexico) def. Anjar Yunosov (Tajikistan), 13-7
Luke Campbell (Great Britain) def. Vitorrio Parrinello (Italy), 11-9
Detelin Dalakliev (Bulgaria) def. Ibraham Balla (Australia), 14-10
Mohamed Ouadahi (Algeria) def. William Encarnacion (Dominican Republic), 16-10
Magomed Abdulhamidov (Azerbaijan) def. Satoshi Shimizu (Japan), 22-17*
* - Verdict overruled upon review by the AIBA; Shimizu advances to quarterfinals
Bantamweight Quarterfinals (Sunday, August 5)
Lazaro Alvarez (Cuba) vs. Robenilson Vieira (Brazil)
John Joe Nevin (Ireland) vs. Oscar Valdez (Mexico)
Luke Campbell (Great Britain) vs.
Detelin Dalakliev (Bulgaria)
Mohamed Ouadahi (Algeria)
vs. Satoshi Shimizu (Japan)
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