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Former Irish coach Billy Walsh stunned by judges in Rio Olympics

Alan Baldwin

Published 16/08/2016 | 10:28

Rio , Brazil - 4 August 2016; USA women's boxing coach Billy Walsh leaves the boxing draw in the Teatro Badesco Theatre ahead of the start of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Rio , Brazil - 4 August 2016; USA women's boxing coach Billy Walsh leaves the boxing draw in the Teatro Badesco Theatre ahead of the start of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

U.S. coach Billy Walsh questioned the judging after his lightweight Mikaela Mayer lost her quarter-final on points to Russian Anastasia Beliakova at the Rio Games on Monday.

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"To be honest, I've just had a look at the judging. It was crazy," Walsh told reporters. "Are they looking at the same bloody fight or what?

"Her performance was excellent, she gave everything she had ... I thought she did enough to win it."

Read more: Eamon Carr: Katie Taylor hasn't been the same boxer since her father left her corner

The judges' tallies showed that one had scored the fight as a 38-38 draw while the other two came down 39-37 on the side of the Russian, who won 2-0 and is now assured of a bronze medal for reaching the last four.

All three judges awarded at least one round to Mayer, however.

Mayer, one of two U.S. women in the Rio boxing tournament with the other being reigning middleweight champion Claressa Shields, felt she could have swung it with a few more combinations.

"It was a close fight so it makes it even more disappointing," she said.

"I thought I might have pulled it off at the end but ... I also know this is boxing. If you let a fight get that close, you don't know who they are going to give it to."

Mayer's defeat, which came in the same weight class as Katie Taylor's, was reminiscent of the Irish boxer's shock defeat.

Just as Walsh vented his fury, so to did Irish head coach Zaur Antia, claiming that Taylor had been robbed.

Reuters

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