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Tommy Hearns Protege Blasts Amateur Boxing After Loss

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."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -PBP- on 08-01-2012

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;12390242]You must have just started watching amateur boxing then[/QUOTE] I'm referring to just this Olympics.

Comment by RSBonos on 08-01-2012

ama boxing is far from perfect but it has massively improved in terms of scoring and style (ino it's still ugly) from 2008 when it was borderline unwatchable.

Comment by Capaedia on 08-01-2012

[QUOTE=The Gambler1981;12389882]Oh well, then make like Tommy Hearns who turned his amateur disappointment into an excellent pro career.[/QUOTE] Hearns had a very successful amateur career. Just out of 155 wins (8 losses) he only won 7 by stoppage.

Comment by No1 on 08-01-2012

[QUOTE=SoggyLungs;12389884]this is true.....i don't mind 10 point system though.[/QUOTE] Will allow different types of fighter to win. These days you get a guy blocking for the whole round, throw a wild right hook and win the round. It should be…

Comment by -Lowkey- on 08-01-2012

So the guy who trained for 6 years to compete as an amateur at the Olympic games loses and then complains about how amateur bouts are scored at the Olympic game's you would think he would have familiourised himself with…

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