Aussie teen star Callum Peters has been “robbed” of gold after another farcical judging decision at the Commonwealth Games.
The Aussie, competing in his first senior tournament, showed nothing but class after the judges scores were announced with Scotland’s Sam Hickey being awarded the victory by the narrowest of margins.
The rollercoaster middleweight final was arguably the best fight of the entire Games.
However, it was overshadowed by the controversial finish which ended in a split decision 29-28 x3, 28-29 x2.
The greatest shock was the decision from judge No. 5 Mazlan Amzah to award Hickey the final round when all the other judges gave it to Peters.
Peters had dominated the final round, repeatedly landing clean shots in the final minutes. That perplexing decision to award Hickey the final round ultimately decided the fight.
Peters just had to settle for silver.
Aussie sport commentators could not believe their eyes.
Sports reporter Phil Lutton posted on Twitter Peters had been “burgled”.
“That doesn’t look right at all to me,” he posted.
“Callum Peters gets the final round on four of the five cards but it’s not enough.”
He also posted: “Fair play to Sam Hickey, very tough Scot, but Callum Peters just burgled of gold there. One point the difference in the end, Peters absolutely dominant in that final round and one of the five judges gives it to the Hickey. Boxing delivers again.”
Hickey celebrated Scotland’s first boxing gold medal since 2014.
The BBC’s Thomas Duncan also said the fight could have gone either way.
“There was a hug of mutual respect in the ring between Sam Hickey and Callum Peters in the ring there. What a fight that was, and it could have gone either way,” he said.
“But Hickey of Scotland is the Commonwealth champion. He puts his hands over his face, he can’t believe it. The crowd go wild.”