Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Cammarelle disgusted by loss to Joshua, Plans to turn pro...

Joshua awarded the victory over Cammarelle in a very close fight.
Former super-heavyweight Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle claims that he was disgusted with amateur boxing after not being given the decision against Britain's Anthony Joshua in the final at the London Olympics on Sunday.

Cammarelle was looking to make history by defending the super-heavyweight title he won in Beijing back in 2008. The Italian won two out of the three rounds but Joshua put on a fantastic performance in the last round to bring the fight to a draw. Joshua, 22 was awarded the fight on countback and Cammarelle was left with a silver medal, which is still a great achievement but not what he was looking for.

The 32-year old's coach Francesco Damiani protested the result to the AIBA but was unsuccessful. Cammarelle also spoke out about the Olympic judging:

"It's not Joshua's fault, but the Olympics were held in London and here evidently somebody likes to win in this manner," said the Italian. "This type of boxing no longer represents me and I don't like it."

He also added that he will not be attempting to regain his Olympic title at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he will now go into the pro ranks and start punching for pay.

Personally, I don't think the decision was actually that bad. The Italian was rightfully ahead by three points at the end of the second round, but Joshua did more than enough to level the score. Some of the decisions at London 2012 have been terrible, but this one wasn't.

I'm sure that a lot of people are really looking forward to see Cammarelle turn pro as he does have a good solid style that would be affective in the professional game and there's also a lot of good fights out there for him. The main one being a rematch with David Price. Cammarelle defeated Price in the semi-final of the 2008 Olympics meaning Price was left with bronze and the Italian went on to win gold. This fight would probably be way down the line in both of these men's career, probably after Cammarelle has eased into the pro ranks and Price has already fought some of the big guys (Either Klitschko, Haye, Fury, Povetkin). However, there are a lot of good match-ups in the near future; Rematch with Joshua, Dereck Chisora, Alexander Povetkin, Seth Mitchell, just to name a few.

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