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With a new scoring system, boxing ready for an Olympic fight (The Associated Press)

Posted: August 8, 2016 at 5:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Germany's Serge Michel gestures as he fights Ecuador's Carlos Andres Mina during a men's light heavyweight 81-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

After Roy Jones Jr. was infamously robbed of a gold medal by horrific judging in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, amateur boxing began a 25-year search for a better way to determine a winner. Rio de Janeiro is hosting the first Olympic tournament since the sport abandoned its derided punch-counting system three years ago and went to the standard scoring used by professionals. While fans who only watch amateur boxing in the Olympics will notice the absence of headgear on the men for the first time since 1980, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is hoping they’ll also see positive changes in fighting styles and coherent results under the new rules.

Yahoo Sports – Boxing News

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