Joe Joyce should be your 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the super heavyweight division. It should be a time for British boxing fans to celebrate a second straight gold in the weight class, following Anthony Joshua’s win at London 2012.
But if Joshua’s gold was controversial — he had debatable fights with Erislandy Savón, Ivan Dychko, and Roberto Cammarelle -- what we saw today was a plain robbery. Tony Yoka of France, the top-seeded fighter in the tournament and winner of the World Amateur Championships last year (which also came with controversy), leaves Rio with the gold medal.
Joyce outworked and outlanded Yoka. He was simply the better fighter, did more damage, dropped Yoka, had him hurt a few times, and none of it wound up mattering. One judge managed a 30-27 score for Yoka, another had him at 29-28. The third had Joyce, 29-28.
Perhaps it’s fitting that this is how the Rio Olympics ended in boxing, with another mess of officiating that will be brushed off and forgotten about.