There’s never long between polarizing decisions in boxing.
During a gold medal bout at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, Australia’s Callum Peters was reminded of that harsh reality.
The 19-year-old must have regretted a controversial decision that earned Scotsman Sam Hickey a 29-28 win in a thrilling middleweight clash.
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Going for gold in the men’s 71-75kg final, Peters dominated the final round but only received four of five cards from the judges.
A judge bizarrely gave Hickey the final round, handing the 22-year-old his one-point win.
“That last round, I thought I landed loads of punches,” Peters said.
“This stuff happens.
“I thought there was a lot of headbutting throughout the rounds. He got about 16 warnings.
“Well. You learn from it.
“I don’t know what they (the judges) are seeing, but I just have to watch the fight again and see how I went.
“It’s the first time I fight internationally, I’m young, 19 years old, I’m still learning.
“I can not wait to return to.”
Phil Lutton, sports reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, was among those angry on Twitter.
“Fair play to Sam Hickey, a very tough Scotsman, but Callum Peters just robbed some gold there,” Lutton wrote.
“One point difference at the end, Peters absolutely dominates in this final round and one of the five judges gives it to the Hickey.
“Boxing delivers again.”
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