When Gary Antuanne Russell mislaid his light middleweight quarter-final to Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in a split-decision on Tuesday afternoon boos poured down from a US contingent.
“He got robbed, this is fucked up,” shouted his father Gary Russell Sr.
“Gary Russell was attacked – clearly, clearly,” Floyd Mayweather Jr after told reporters during a Olympic fighting venue where he had come to watch a afternoon fights.
On a day when a US should be celebrating another fighting award with Shakur Stevenson winning during slightest a bantamweight bronze, a review was about a detriment that undetermined many who watched it. Russell seemed to hit Gaibnazarov opposite a ring, generally in a final dual rounds and nonetheless a judges awarded a initial dual rounds, and a fight, to a Uzbek. This immediately set off snub among an American fortuitous that had usually finished doubt Russian Vladimir Nikitin’s feat over Ireland’s Michael Conlan reduction than an hour before Russell’s loss. Conlan after pronounced “amateur fighting stinks from a core right to a top.”
US manager Billy Walsh also lashed out. “Uzbekistan they are going to be a best group here they are winning all even when we kick them we can’t kick them,” he said.
Many dependent with a American group pronounced they suspected Russell was a plant of a fraudulent bout.
“He kept a vigour on he landed some-more plain punches,” Gary Russell Sr told a Guardian. “He kept a vigour on … though we know if he’s adored to win that’s how it’s going to be. The usually approach we can take that out of a judges hands is to hit him out. Just hit him out. Thats a ultimate in esteem fighting.”
Kay Koroma, an partner manager with a US team, referenced a Guardian story from dual weeks ago that summarized crime in AIBA, a physique that oversees Olympic boxing, and shook his conduct as he talked about a preference in Russell’s fight.
“I meant for someone to write something like that and for this to be going on?” Koroma said. “You got to consternation is this what’s unequivocally happening. Have they already finished who is going to be an Olympic medalist?”
“I’m starting to trust [AIBA] are doing something,” he after said. “It’s disgusting.”
In a midst of a US outrage, Antuanne Russell walked in to speak to reporters with his shoulders slumped and eyes downcast.
“I’m hurt, I’m hurt, I’m hurt,” he said. “I’m unequivocally hurt. First turn he fought rival that it should have been though even that turn we suspicion we won. The second dual rounds we suspicion we had pulled divided from him even if it was a small sloppy. we trust we did some-more than adequate to outscore [him] and be assertive and more.”
He knew during a quarrel that he was trailing. A crony following on radio had run adult to his relatives as they stood in a stands and pronounced he had mislaid a initial round. Immediately, Gary Sr shouted out to his son in a ring: “You got to go get them, they got your donkey down!”
Antuanne became even some-more aggressive, joining several times on hooks that slowed Gaibnazarov. When a news came behind between a second and third rounds that Russell had mislaid that turn too, Gary Sr and his mother Lawan leaned on a vituperation and began screaming louder. “You can’t wait, we got to let it go!”
But as a quarrel resolved with Russell again alighting several shots, even knocking Gaibnazarov to his knees during a final bell, a Russells knew their son would not get his decision. Gary Sr hoisted himself adult on a vituperation and shouted to Antuanne, who seemed to know a finality of his better even before it was announced.
“Hey Antuanne! we adore we baby!” Gary Sr screamed.
Antuanne nodded. Later in a talk area, Antuanne sighed. As a final of a line of 6 brothers named Gary Russell – 4 of whom are boxers – he was a family’s final wish for an Olympic medal. He had vowed to move one home. Instead, he was done, a crook of a quarrel that many believed he had won. He was asked if a unsuitable judging finished him heedful going into his fight.
“Yeah, that puts a lot of disappointment on people,” he said.
Then he was gone. Out of an Olympics but a award he was certain he had won.