Saturday 10 December 2016

Statistical breakdown shows how Irish middleweight Michael O'Reilly was robbed of Rio place

Bernard O’Neill

Published 16/10/2015 | 08:05

Michael O'Reilly was shocked by his defeat to Egypt's Hosam Abdin in their Men's Middleweight 75kg Box-Off bout at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha, Qatar. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Michael O'Reilly was shocked by his defeat to Egypt's Hosam Abdin in their Men's Middleweight 75kg Box-Off bout at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha, Qatar. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

The controversial judging that cost Irish middleweight Michael O’Reilly a place at the Olympic Games has been shocked boxing, but the fights stats are even more shocking.

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O’Reilly was adjudged to have lost to  Egypt’s Hossam Abdin on a unanimous decision in the 75kg box-off for a place at Rio 2016 at the World Elite Championships in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday night.

But most observers believe that O’Reilly clearly won the fight for an Olympic berth and their views are backed up by an experienced Irish Amateur Boxing Association bout analyst.

His forensic analysis of the bout found that O’Reilly hit the target with 60pc more punches than his opponent.

O’Reilly connected with 36 punches against 22 for Abdin and landed more punches in each of the three rounds.

Moreover, O’Reilly threw 100pc more punches in the first round, twice as many. The three judges went with Abdin 29-28 across the board after three, three minute rounds.

The top three middleweights in Doha qualify for Rio 2016 and Wednesday’s O’Reilly versus Abdin  bout was a third place box-off between the losing semi-finalists.

Wednesday’s result saw O’Reilly finish in 4th position, although if Cuba’s Arlen Lopez, who won gold, takes his qualification from the World Series of Boxing earlier this year, O’Reilly will finish in the top three and qualify for Rio.

The deadline for the registration for the first draft of boxers for Rio 2016 is December 4 and if Lopez takes the Doha place, O’Reilly, who won bronze in Doha, is out and will have to qualify in Europe early next year.

The Portlaise BC middleweight is the current European Games champion.

Breakdown of O’Reilly versus Abdim Box-off for a place at the Olympic Games at World Elite Championships in Doha, Qatar.

  • IRL landed 36 punches v 22 by EGY.  IRL landed more punches in each of the 3 rounds.  IRL landed 60pc more punches than EGY
  • IRL threw 87 punches v 44 from EGY in first round.  So outscored the EGY but also with a higher work rate, IRL throw 100% more punches in the first round, twice as many                                                                                                                                        
  • 18 seconds went by before the EGY threw the first punch and only threw 4 in total in the first 1min of the first round

Breakdown of landed punches for each 1 min segment plus total punches thrown for the first round. 

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