LONDON — Trinidad's Carlos Suarez, who built up to the Olympics by training with US legend Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns for six years, blasted amateur boxing as a game of "tag" on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old American-born fighter -- who qualified for Trinidad through his mother -- lost 16-6 to Turkish battler Ferhat Perlivan, but had little good to say after his brief moment in the Olympic spotlight.
"The problem with amateur boxing is it's tag boxing," said light flyweight Suarez. "He was throwing slap punches, getting points. He would have beaten me in a game of tag but not in a boxing match."
Suarez, who was Trinidad's only boxer at the Games, made fun of his opponent and said it highlighted what was wrong with the amateur ranks.
"I thought it was bullsh**. It's amazing, these Olympic rules. I was only lightly slapping him on the side of his head and he was falling to the floor, and it was me who got docked a point," he said.
"He didn't want to fight with me or hang with me and I would have beaten him in a fight. There was no way I was going to get seven points in the final round."