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'They Were Rolex Watches' - Irish Boxing Judge Tells Of How Officials Tried To Bribe Him

'They Were Rolex Watches' - Irish Boxing Judge Tells Of How Officials Tried To Bribe Him
By Conor Neville Updated

Joe Duffy rang up Patrick Flynn, an international boxing judge from Fermoy in Cork, who told a story of shady figures knocking on his hotel door at 4.00 in the morning in international boxing competitions offering him goodies in exchange for a positive vote in favour of their lads.

In 2011, he was at the European schoolboy championships in Grozny in Russia. Here are the results of the Irish entrants that year. Patrick Flynn is named at the bottom as an Irish R & J.

The night before the final, there was a rap on the door of his hotel room.

Joe Duffy: The two lads arrived at your door. What did they say? Patrick, will I come into your room?

Patrick Flynn: Yes, and I wouldn't let them into my room?

Joe Duffy: So, they sat down, you sat down. And you said 'what is this about?'

Patrick Flynn: No, no I stood at the door with them. I didn't let them in. And they wanted them to cheat for their country the following day.

Joe Duffy: And what form of words did they use? Surely, they didn't say 'Hi Patrick, we want you to cheat, thank you?'

 Patrick Flynn: "Push the button for our boys". It was a computer score at the time.

Joe Duffy: So, they said 'please push for our boys tomorrow?'

Patrick Flynn: Push for our boys, push the buttons for our boys. It's computer scoring you see

Joe Duffy: And did you recognise these men?

Patrick Flynn: Yes, sure they officiated with me all during week of the championships.

Joe Duffy: And were they Russian officials?

Patrick Flynn: One was Russian.

Joe Duffy: And did they offer you any inducements?

Patrick Flynn: Oh, yes, they offered me bribes. Gifts and watches and all that. I took nothin'. I told them to go away. I reported it the following day to the technical delegate.

Joe plugged him a bit more about the gifts that were offered.

Joe Duffy: When did they say watches and gifts?

Patrick Flynn: That night, they had them in their hand. They gave to me. They were Rolex watches.

Joe Duffy: And did you feel under pressure?

Patrick Flynn: Well, if they come to your door at 4.00 in the morning, what way would you feel?

Flynn said that nothing resulted from his reporting of the incident to the technical delegate who was Turkish.

Joe Duffy: When you made this allegation to the Russian, sorry the Turkish official who was in charge, was there an investigation? Was there an interview even like the one we're having now?

Patrick Flynn: No, there was nothing whatsoever.

Joe Duffy: What they tut-tutted and threw their eyes up to heaven?

Patrick Flynn: Well, I just reported what I had to do... It's Russian mafia, that's what I call it.

Flynn judged 87 bouts throughout the championships and was awarded the judge of the championship.

He referred to one young Irish boxer, Lewis Crocker, who was badly robbed in the competition that week. Croker, boxing out of Cairn Lodge, was beaten in the semi-final that week.

Earlier in the conversation, Flynn said that Conlan was 'totally and blatantly robbed' and 'totally out-boxed' his opponent. When Duffy said that they gave the bout to Russian, Flynn responded.

'Yes, they gave the bout to the Russian. I wonder why!'

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