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Vijender loses bout after winning the points

other Updated: Oct 12, 2010 01:02 IST
Indraneel Das
Indraneel Das
Hindustan Times
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With just 14 seconds left, and Vijender Singh leading 3-2, referee Michael Summers calls another foul, the second of the round. The foul was for holding and the English boxer was awarded two points. Anthony Ogogo, who appeared on the reality show Big Brother in England, had not even opened his score till he was gifted penalty points in the third round.

The full house that erupted with joy after Vijender took a 3-0 lead halfway into the last round, suddenly fell silent. Chants of 'India' turned into 'cheeaating, cheeaating'. Vijender was shocked.

“Why was the referee seeing my fouls and not Ogogo's?” he asked. "It's surprising how one can win without not scoring in the entire match.”

Though India lodged an official complaint, it was turned down by the jury led by Terry Smith of Wales." Even foreign coach BI Fernandes cried foul. “I have never seen anything like this before,” he said. “It happened against Jai Bhagwan and now, it has happened against Vijender. How can someone win without scoring?”

"We have a filed protest. A jury will now sit after the last bout of the day and they will review the bout. Altering the result is also a possibility," Indian Boxing Federation Secretary General Col PK Muralidharan Raja told PTI.

If the result stands then Vijender, who won a silver in the previous CWG, would have to settle for a bronze this time and he is not too hopeful of getting a favourable verdict.

"I don't know what these guys will do, I am not too hopeful," Vijender said.

All of Ogogo's four points came through warnings handed to Vijender in the third round by Canadian referee Michael Summers.

The loss became all the more shocking as Vijender had won his previous two bouts in less than the regulatory three rounds.

The world number one Indian was leading 3-2 with barely 20 seconds left on the clock when he was handed a warning for holding his rival after an engrossing fight. The decision seemed harsh after Vijender was penalised earlier in the bout as well for hitting his rival on the back of his head.

The capacity crowd at Talkatora Stadium booed Ogogo and chanted 'cheater, cheater' even as a visibly upset Vijender made his way out of the arena without speaking to the waiting media.