British Boxer Causes A Stir By Refusing To Wear Olympic Silver Medal

British Boxer Causes A Stir By Refusing To Wear Olympic Silver Medal

Cuban boxer Arlen Lopez won Olympic gold in the men's light-heavyweight division earlier this morning, but much of the discussion post-fight has been about his opponent Ben Whittaker.

It was a very closely fought bout between the pair, with both men feeling they had won as they awaited the judge's scorecards. The Brit had exuded confidence throughout, even showboating at times during the three rounds.

However, the judges would ultimately award the fight to Lopez on a split decision.

Speaking to the BBC after the fight, Whittaker was hugely upset that he had not won the gold medal.

You don't win silver, you lose gold...

He's very good, but you're in this game to win gold and not silver. It's a disappointing, but this will stick with me now. I don't want to feel like this again...

I don't want to look like a baby or a spoiled brat, but I'm so upset that I didn't win the gold. To me I feel like I've lost the gold, so I can't celebrate a silver just yet.


The attitude was praised by Piers Morgan, which is rarely a good sign.

When it came to the medal presentation a couple of hours later, the 24-year old caused a stir refusing to wear his silver medal.

Instead, he stuffed it into his pocket. He kept his hands in his pockets throughout the presentation.


One observer told the Daily Mail:

I have been to Olympics over the last 25 years and witnessed many, many medal ceremonies but I have never seen anything like this.

It wasn’t fair to the other boxers and the Olympics. He needs to learn to accept this loss and come back stronger next time.

Many shared this opinion online, believing Whittaker had gone against the ethos of the Olympic games with the way he conducted himself during the presentation.

Clearly, emotions were running very high at the time, although it is rare to see an athlete not be pleased to be standing on an Olympic podium.

SEE ALSO: Team Australia In Hot Water After 'Unacceptable Behaviour' On Flight Back From Olympics

Australia Olympics

Gary Connaughton

You may also like