Irish team lodge Ward protest Billy Walsh expressed dismay
Billy Walsh expressed his disappointment and dismay at the scoring in Joe Ward’s Olympic qualification tournament bout with Turk Bahram Muzaffer as the irish team lodged an objection to the bout.
Walsh felt The Moat teenager has successful won the tie and progressed to the next round of a competition he was favoured to win.
Ward went 4-5 down after the first round having knocked Muzaffer sideways in the opening seconds and knocked him back on his feet two more times in the three minutes.
He then staggered his opponent in the second round and the 18-year-old Irishman was the more aggressive fighter throughout.
While Ward tired in the dying minutes there was consternation from many people after he lost the bout.
Walsh first consulted with Irish Amateur Boxing Association president Tommy Murphy before lodging the objection.
“I think Joe did all of the cleaner scoring. That’s what you are up against here. There is a partisan crowd and its very unfortunate. He had two chances to qualify and hasn’t done it. He is one of the best boxers in the world at his weight. He is ahead of his time in terms of qualification. He is only 18 year of age he really should be looking at the next games (Rio 2016). He is an awesome talent. He is up there with the best in the world. A few weeks ago he beat the World champion. I would say they are all happy to see he didn’t qualify. I am very disappointed with the scoring.”