Former four division champion Roy Jones Jr. represented the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where he won the silver medal. His participation in the final was met with controversy when he lost a 3–2 decision to South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun despite pummeling Park for three rounds, landing 86 punches to Park's 32.
Allegedly, Park himself apologized to Jones afterward and the referee told Jones that he was dumbstruck by the judge's decision. One judge shortly thereafter admitted the decision was a mistake and all three judges voting against Jones were eventually suspended.
An official IOC investigation concluding in 1997 found that three of the judges were wined and dined by South Korean officials.
The incident led Olympic organizers to establish a new scoring system for Olympic boxing - a computerized scoring model.
Jones says the new scoring model has simply made things worse for boxing. As a result, Jones refuses to watch the Olympics until the scoring system changes.
"When they did that wrong to me, instead of facing reality — and changing what needed to be changed — they went around the real problem,'' Jones told USA Today. "And then they made a problem out of something that wasn't a problem — it wasn't the scoring system!
"When they changed the scoring, I quit (watching). I said, 'That's it for me.' The scoring system is ridiculous. That's why I won't watch it. And I am saddened by it.''
"Boxing has continued to go downhill; they ruined the integrity of the sport. That was a calculated plot (to award the gold to his South Korean opponent). They did something bad to our sport. But then they didn't try to fix it. Scoring wasn't the (issue) — corrupt officials (were). If they had done what they were supposed to do, we wouldn't have this problem today.''
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