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You Gotta Bite… For Your Right…

OK, especially in boxing, this has got to be the weirdest Olympiad ever.

In boxing alone, there’s the boxer found unconscious in his room trying to make weight at a weight class he’s never fought at, the one who ran for the last thirty seconds losing the fight because he thought his corner was telling him to move, the one who stormed out of the ring because he “wasn’t feeling the vibe” after losing, and now… What is WRONG with people???

Boxer disqualified for biting Olympic opponent

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BEIJING (AP)—A light heavyweight boxer from Tajikistan was disqualified for biting his opponent on the shoulder during their Olympic quarterfinal bout Tuesday night.

Dzhakhon Kurbanov’s bout with Kazakhstan’s Yerkebulan Shynaliyev was stopped with 17 seconds left in the third round when Kurbanov apparently bit Shynaliyev during a clinch.

Shynaliyev, who angrily showed the blood on his shoulder to the referee, led 12-6 at the time. Kurbanov had been warned multiple times for shoving and holding his opponent.

Kurbanov is a 22-year-old fighter who got off to an auspicious start in Beijing last week, beating world champion Abbos Atoev in his first bout. He won the 2005 Asian championships as a middleweight, and was competing in his first Olympics.

Oddly enough, the evening card at Workers’ Gymnasium was watched by Evander Holyfield, who was infamously bitten on the ear by Mike Tyson on June 28, 1997.

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The Man

Michael Phelps has nearly 50% of the USA’s Gold medals. He has 7 so far and our entire country has 15. To take it a step further, only three COUNTRIES have more Gold medals than Phelps. The USA, China and Germany.

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Only 11 countries have more TOTAL medals than Phelps’ has GOLD medals.

Isn’t that insane?

Where is Alain Bernard and his over-the-top bragging now?

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Favoritism in Boxing? Nah…

Being a boxing writer for over five years I know the sport inside and out.  I’ve seen people get title shots without ever beating anyone remotely in the top twenty.  I’ve witnessed terrible decisions that had to come down to gross incompentance or criminal corruption.  The decisions were so bad I can not think of any other variable.  While I am talking about the professional ranks where a won or loss can cost a fighter, his promoter and manager millions of dollars, life in Olympic boxing is also fraught with the same kind of unbelievably bad decisions.

Ask Roy Jones, Jr.

Jones “lost” to South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun, despite out landing Park 86 punches to 32.  That would be like scoring 10 runs in a baseball game while holding the other team to 1 and being declared the loser.  The decision was so bad the IOC was shamed into suspending all three judges that ruled in Park’s favor.  Unlike the 2002 Winter Olympics scandal where in the aftermath the IOC made Russian and Canadian figure skates co-gold medalist, Jones has never been given a reprieve.

That brings us to this year’s Olympics.  It is no different.  Lest you believe I am another biased American in my Olympic coverage (I am- though I try not to be), the Ukrainian team filed a protest over lightweight Oleksandr Klyuchko’s 10-8 loss to Hu Qing on Monday night. The protest was reviewed and denied.  Not to be outdone the Brits also jumped on the bandwagon with British bantamweight Joe Murray and his coach accusing Olympic judges of favoring his Chinese opponent Tuesday.  Finally, our US coach Dan Campbell didn’t like the scoring in medal favorite Rau’shee Warren’s upset loss to South Korea’s Lee Ok-sung.

Grrrrr…  looks like Russia doesn’t have the corner on being the Grinch who stole Olympic spirit from the world…


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