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There's Been Another Highly Debatable Judging Decision In The Rio Olympics

There's Been Another Highly Debatable Judging Decision In The Rio Olympics

Any punters taking a quick glance over the schedule for the last day of boxing today at the Rio Olympics would have been forgiven for thinking that there was an Irishman involved. 'Big' Joe Joyce went up against Tony Yoka of France in the men's super-heavyweight final, and the Londoner, whose father is Irish, was left needing a knockout in the final round to win before eventually losing out on a split decision.

Joyce, speaking after the fight, seemed to indicate that he thought he edged the decision.

It was the last medal for the Olympic Games and I thought the gold was mine, so I will just have to watch it back and see where it went wrong.

I thought all throughout I was throwing punches, going through his guard, and it was just (with) the odd shot he nicked it.

The decision from the judges was not exactly on the same scale as those involving Michael Conlan and Evegny Tischenko in their respective bouts, but it was criticised by several respected boxing authorities-and Robbie Savage-in the aftermath of the fight.

Earlier in the day, Paddy Barnes had predicted that the cards would be unfairly stacked against Joyce...

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...and was (in the opinion of some punters) proved correct in a decision which had many, including Barnes, leaping to express their outrage.

 

Conall Cahill

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