French boxer Mourad Aliev was not happy after he was disqualified at the Tokyo Olympics.
Aliev is a large man. He fought as a super heavyweight at the Tokyo Olympics. But his time in the ring came to an abrupt end when officials said he intentionally head butted his opponent. The ruling came with four seconds remaining in the second round of the quarterfinal matchup.
Aliev screamed and kicked away his mouth guard. He also shook a TV camera, shaking his finger as he said “No, no!” He circled the ring and screamed to the few spectators in the stands. Then he taunted his opponent — England’s Frazer Clarke. “I win, I win,” he yelled.
Take a look at some of his antics at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Aliev shook hands with Clarke, so there was some good sportsmanship. This is the Tokyo Olympics, after all. But he then sat on the apron of the ring. There was evidence of a head butt. Clarke had cuts above both his eyes. But Aliev said the referee should’ve given him a warning first rather than ending a fight. The Tokyo Olympics are so important for an athlete’s career.
Overall, Aliev continued this protest for an hour. Finally, he got up and left the Tokyo Olympics boxing venue. Then he returned 15 minutes later for another protest. And this time, he stayed for a while. He bowed his head, still crushed over the ruling.
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Aliev had lots of thoughts about the decision, sharing them with reporters. Boxing is a big deal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“This was my way of showing that the decision was so unfair,” Aliev told reporters via an interpreter. “I wanted to fight against all that injustice, and honestly today, also my teammates had unfair results. I trained my whole life for this … and because of one referee’s decision, I lost. It’s over.”
“I would have won, but it had already been written that I was disqualified. I prepared my whole life for this, so getting mad about this result is natural.”
The scorecards showed that Aliev had an early lead over Clarke, an opponent he’d beaten in June in a split decision. Three of the five judges gave the first round to Aliev.
Clarke said he didn’t know if the head butts were deliberate.
“I felt there was a couple of heads going in there,” Clarke said. “Whether it was intentional or not, that’s not for me to say. … I told (Aliev) to calm down. You’re not thinking with your head. You’re thinking with your heart. I know it’s hard, but the best thing to do is go back to the changing room.
These things happen,” Clarke said. “I’ve had a lot of downs in my career, a lot of ups and a lot of downs. This is a down for him. I know him, he’s a good person. I believe he will be a champion.”
France won six medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016. If Aliev beat Clarke, he would’ve clinched at least a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.