News | Aug 16 2016

Olympic heavyweight final booed at Rio 2016

Controversy in the Olympic heavyweight final. John Dennen reports from Riocentro
Olympic boxing
Olympic heavyweight final  |  Action Images/REUTERS/Yves Herman

BOOS rang through the boxing arena at Riocentro, Pavillion 6 as a unanimous victory in the 91kgs Olympic heavyweight final was awarded to Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko.

It was a controversial decision. Kazakhstan’s Vassiliy Levit had driven himself in close to the taller man, putting Tishchenko on the back foot. He won the first round, two of the judges, both Michael Gallagher (Ireland) and Armando Carbonell Alavarado (Colombia) scored it for the Kazakh. Judge Khiera Sidi Yakoub (Algeria) gave it to the Russian. Levit seemed to apply the same tactics in the second, although all three judges ruled that round for Tishchenko.

Levit was a man possessed in the last round. Evgeny began to flap with his punches, failing to hold off the marauding Kazakh. Vassiliy consistently forced him to the ropes and worked him there. Big left hooks rocked Tishchenko. He was hurt and looked to hold, tying the Kazakh up in clinches and leaning down. It was Levit who was looking to work.