Advertisement
Advertisement

Satoshi Shimizu Receives Justice From The AIBA

By Jake Donovan

A strange day of Olympic officiating was met with a bit of justice in the end.

Satoshi Shimizu of Japan will now advance to the bantamweight quarterfinals thanks to a ruling from the AIBA overturning the official decision in his bout with Magomed Abdulhamidov of Azerbaijain.

A statement from the AIBA reads as follows:

“After reviewing the video of Bout #105 involving Bantamweights Satoshi Shimizu (Japan) and Magomed Abdulhamidov (Azerbaijan), the Competition Jury made the following decision:

- The boxer from Azerbaijan fell down six (6) times during the 3rd round. According to our rules, the Referee should have counted at least three (3) times. In this case, following the AIBA Technical & Competition Rules, the decision should have been RSC (Referee Stop Contest);

- Therefore the protest lodged by the Japanese corner is accepted and the result of this bout overturned.

AIBA officials will consider on Thursday morning whether to sanction the referee of this bout.”

Their Round of 16 bout was one of the most bizarre in Olympic history, one which saw Shimizu attempt to rally from two knockdowns and a seven point deficit heading into the final round. The Japanese southpaw tried his hardest to pull a rabbit out of hat, repeatedly drilling Abdulhamidov to the point of having him out on his feet at several moments.

Abdulhamidov sensed he was in deep trouble and suddenly began searching for ways to kill the clock. Frequent flops to the canvas followed, as well as requests to adjust headgear that never actually moved. Referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov decided for whatever reason to waive off the majority of the flops, save for one occasion where he finally issued a two-point warning.

More concerning was the three knockdowns that went unrecognized. Shimizu – who never took a backward step the entire night even after being floored twice himself – repeatedly scored with straight lefts that had Abdulhamidov in all sorts of trouble. The AIBA rightfully recognized that the referee blew the calls, which if properly enforced would have resulted in a stoppage win for Shimizu.

The overturning of the final verdict allows Shimizu to move within one fight of the medal round. He will face Mohamed Ouadahi of Algeria in the final bantamweight bout on Sunday, August 5.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Fishkie on 08-02-2012

JUSTICE! Well done Satoshi Shimizu, he showed tones of heart & deserved the win. I will look forward to watching this kid :boxing:

Comment by Russian Crushin on 08-02-2012

WTF, he just slipped 6 times :rolleyes:

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 08-02-2012

[QUOTE=crold1;12393021]Bout damn time one of these abortions got undone. Atrocious.[/QUOTE] lol, it was quite boggling. one of the weirdest sequences ive seen in a while.

Comment by crold1 on 08-02-2012

Bout damn time one of these abortions got undone. Atrocious.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines P. Fury: Brook in a Win-Win Position Against Gennady Golovkin David Price Eager To Face Joseph Parker on Joshua Card Crolla Very Motivated To Topple Jorge Linares in 'Legacy Fight' Ricky Burns, if He Beats Relikh, To Land Adrien Broner Next? Mayweather vs. Pacquiao PPV: Strange Twist in Waiter Lawsuit Lauren's Trainer: Svensson Never Fought Anyone on This Level Teddy Atlas: Nobody at 147 is in a Hurry To Face Errol Spence Abel Ramos Breaks Down Juan Jesus Rivera in Six Rounds Edwards Gaining Steam in Camp as Casimero Bout Nears "Fighting Words" - Guerrero, Angulo and the Right Time To Go Canelo: Ready To Face Golovkin? He Has To Be Ready For Me! Two Olympians Investigated For Gambling Allegations in Rio Sammy Valentin Joins WBO Drug Free Kids Movement In Tampa Canelo, Smith No Longer VADA Testing - No Cause For Concern Peralta: I Was a Sad Cab Driver, Now I'm a Happy Boxer Hasanboy Dusmatov Denies Promotional Deal, Eyes Olympics Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook Video: Badou Jack Talks James DeGale Unification, More Photos: Shakur Stevenson Sports TMT Hat at Homecoming Parade Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Mayweather vs. Pacquiao II Ian Tims Joins MGM, Will Return Soon Chocolatito vs. Cuadras: Ryan Martin Added To The Card Video: Peralta on The Journey From Cab Driver To Contender Video: Robert Guerrero Reflects on Shocking Loss To David Peralta Langford Not Bothered By Trash Talk From Eubank Jr. and English Kovalev's Promoter: Tickets For Ward Bout Are Reasonably Priced Photos: Miguel Marriaga, Jose Felix Get Big Knockout Wins Golovkin's Promoter on Carl Froch: You Can't Force Guys To Fight Photos: David Peralta With Cinderella Shocker of Robert Guerrero Golovkin's Coach: We'd Fight Andre Ward, But He Can't Make 168 Frank Warren Smiles: Chris Eubank Jr. Can't Run Away This Time! Hernandez Will Head Back To 154 After Stunning Alfredo Angulo Hammer Backs Klara Svensson To Defeat Mikaela Lauren Daniela Bermudez Stuns Mariana Juarez in Mexico City Shields Leaves Door Open For Third Olympic Gold in 2020 Mayweather: They Ask a Thousand Times - I'm NOT Coming Back! Guerrero Claims Robbery: I Clearly Won, 116-112 Score Was Crazy! Peralta: I Was a Cab Driver, Now I Beat Robert Guerrero! Miguel Marriaga Blasts Out Robb, Jose Felix Crushes Frankel Yazmin Rivas Earns Debatable Split Nod Over Jessica Gonzalez
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement