Fri, September 20, 2013

Canada's appeal rejected after Custio Clayton decision loss

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency


Canada's Custio Clayton (right) fights Great Britain's Freddie Evans during their men's welterweight quarterfinal boxing match at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Aug. 7, 2012. (MURAD SEZER/Reuters)


LONDON - An appeal launched by Canadian officials on behalf of Dartmouth, N.S., welterweight boxer Custio Clayton was rejected early Wednesday morning.

Canadian officials appealed a close decision loss by Clayton Tuesday night at the ExCel Arena, but it was turned down by the International Amateur Boxing Association.

Clayton fought crowd favorite Freddie Evans of Great Britain to a 14-14 draw after regulation time but lost the decision in a count back, where the judges count the total number of punches thrown.

Canadian officials believe that not only was Clayton robbed of the decision, action should have been taken against Evans for holding. Evans was issued a series of warnings during the bout, but no deductions were given.

A win by Clayton would have put him in the semifinals and assured him at least a medal (two bronzes are awarded in boxing). It also would have given Canada its first Olympic boxing medal since 1996.

There are no Canadians left in the Olympic boxing tournament after super heavyweight Simon Kean and middleweight Mary Spencer also lost quarterfinal bouts.