At the conclusion of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Men’s World Boxing Championships, which took place in Belgrade at the tark Arena, Rahim Gonzales of the United States was awarded the gold medal in the under-80 kilograms division.
The scoring decision that led to Gonzales’ victory was met with much debate among boxing fans.
After the first two rounds of the championship match, Gonzales appeared to be in deep trouble against Aliaksei Alfiorau of Belarus. Gonzales was behind Aliaksei Alfiorau unanimity with three judges and divided with the remaining two.
In the last round, Gonzales showed his strength and received four scores of 10-9; nevertheless, it is noteworthy that he also received a score of 10-8 from one of the judges.
This meant that Alfiorau’s comprehensive lead was fully brought back in favor of the American, which resulted in the partisan crowd erupting into a heavy chorus of booing.
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After the verdict was finalized, the Belarusian rebuffed his opponent’s attempt to extend a hand of friendship to him by shaking it off.
After it became clear that the protest had no effect on the outcome, the crowd jeered at Gonzales while he was on the podium and during the playing of the national anthem.
In the semi-finals, the American won against the Serbian Vladimir Mironchikov using a comeback strategy that was quite similar to the one that caused objections from the host nation.
Following an analysis of the semi-final match, the officials determined that the outcome would not be changed in any way.
Following prior difficulties with corruption and bout manipulation at the Rio 2016 Olympics, one of the pledges made by AIBA at the Championships was a rigorous vetting of its officials. This procedure will be headed by sports integrity expert Richard McLaren.
In the meantime, Cuba finished first overall in the medal tally after its already-famous competitors Andy Cruz Gomez and Julio Cesar La Cruz won two further world championships between them.
The most impressive victory of the evening belonged to Cruz Gomez, who prevailed over the Turkish competitor Kerem Oezmen in the under-63.5kg final match.
The referee started counting down his opponent, and it was a long way back for him from there. His opponent was eliminated.
Later on, Cruz Gomez was recognized as the best boxer of the competition and was the recipient of a special award that was presented to him by the President of the AIBA, Umar Kremlev. Gomez’s world gold marks his third consecutive win at the weight.
La Cruz prevailed over Italian Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine in the evening’s final fight by a score of 4-1, and the two boxers exchanged a sign of mutual respect after the final bell.
With this victory, La Cruz added a fifth world title to his two Olympic gold medals, making him the most decorated athlete in the history of the sport.
Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan won the under-51 kilogram championship with a unanimous victory over Roscoe Hill of the United States, improving on his bronze medal from the 2019 competition.
In the earlier part of this year, Bibossinov won an Olympic bronze in Tokyo 2020, and he proceeded to show that he was in good shape by taking control of the bout.
The United States of America and Kazakhstan fought each other once more after Bibossinov’s triumph, but this time Kazakhstan was defeated by the United States.
After defeating Serik Temirzhanov, Jahmal Harvey became the youngest ever winner of a world championship gold medal.
The Kazakh was still in with a slim chance of turning the result around, but in order to take the title, Gonzales needed to win in the third, and Harvey continued to extend his lead.
After the event, Gonzales indicated that he intended to put his winnings of $100,000 (£74,000/€86,500) into investments.
Finally, Yurii Zakharieiev of Ukraine prevailed against Vadim Musaev of the Russian Boxing Federation to win the gold medal match for the under-71 kilogram weight class unanimously.
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