Canadian boxing officials felt Nova Scotia boxer Custio Clatyton won his fight over Great Britain's Fred Evans on Tuesday, but an appeal filed over the result has been denied.
Boxing Canada filed a protest with AIBA, claiming that Evans should have been given a penalty for a third caution during the fight and Clayton should have be awarded two points. The fight ended 14-14 and the Team GB athlete was given the victory by countbacks, meaning the judges went back to count every punch. The win put Evans into the medal round.
Rule 12.2.1 states a fighter should be given a warning penalty when he is cautioned three times for the same foul.
The appeal was rejected very early Wednesday morning, local time.
"We are very disappointed in this decision, Custio clearly won the fight in our opinion and this is not a good day for Olympic boxing," said Boxing Canada high performance director Daniel Trepanier. "However, Custio is a very talented boxer and he should be proud of his performance tonight, and in his two earlier fights, in this his first Olympic Games."
Clayton is now eliminated from the tournament and said after the fight that he wasn't sure if he will go pro or stay amateur.
"He had the crowd behind him, but after the crowd got out of the way in the second and third I thought I had him,” Clayton said. “I thought I pulled out the victory, but I didn’t get it. I did Canada proud and I did Nova Scotia proud. I take my hat off to (Freddie Evans). He won the fight and I wish him the best."