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Dubious decision knocks out Vijender

Olympic and world championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh lost one of the most controversial bouts in the history of Commonwealth Games boxing. Indraneel Das reports. Special

other Updated: Oct 12, 2010 02:11 IST
Indraneel Das

Olympic and world championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh lost one of the most controversial bouts in the history of Commonwealth Games boxing.

He lost after the referee awarded four penalty points to his opponent, Anthony Ogogo, in the third and final round of their semifinal bout, with Vijender leading 3-0.

Ogogo is perhaps one of a handful of boxers to enter a final without landing a single scoring punch in the previous round.

The referee, Canada’s Michael Summers, gave two warnings and docked Vijender four points for holding Ogogo from the back of his neck and pulling him down.

An angry India lodged a strong protest, which was turned down by a jury, headed by Terry Smith of Wales.

This means Vijender will have to settle for bronze. “Apne hi desh mein aisa hoga kabhi socha nahin tha (Never thought such a thing would happen in my own country),” said Vijender. “If I have been docked points for holding, so should the English boxer.”

India’s Cuban coach, BI Fernandes, called it blatant cheating. “This can’t happen. How can a boxer win without even scoring?” asked a flabbergasted Fernandes.