Philo Beddoe wrote: Metherlance wrote:
Philo Beddoe wrote: I saw a referee afraid to deduct point against a British fighter (Evans) for repeatedly committing the same foul against his Canadian opponent (Clayton). Another bad decision.
Why would he be afraid? Perhaps he's just not big on issuing warnings. Refs seem to come in all shapes and sizes, some of them hand out warnings like cookies, some don't.
He warned him three times for the same infraction (pushing opponents head down). By the rules, that should be an automatic point deduction. Plus, I didn't really see seven scoring blows landed by Evans in round one, but I know enough about judged sports in the Olympics to expect that the better athlete doesn't always get rewarded. The fight wasn't a highway robbery like was done to the French fighter in the previous bout, but it wasn't the right call, imo.
But you're Canadian, of course you wouldn't think it the right call :D
As for the 3 warning thing, I don't think ANY ref strictly adheres to it or even if it's actually a rule. I've yet to see anyone get a public warning for pushing heads down and it's the most common infraction by far. Warnings seem to come from the more serious infractions like hitting after the break, repeated low blows, pushing the head up with the forearm.. Every clinch seems to end in one of the boxers heads being held down or caught in a headlock -- never seen an infraction from it.
I'll be honest though, I gave the bout to Clayton too - but I could see how it went the other way, as you said it wasn't robbery - just a close fight that ended in Evans favour.