Anthony Joshua's London 2012 Olympic final win questioned by bitter rival who insists 'the public were on his side'

Anthony Joshua's London 2012 Olympic final win questioned by bitter rival who insists 'the public were on his side'

ANTHONY JOSHUA'S London 2012 Olympic gold medal win has been questioned – by the man he beat in the final.

Roberto Cammarelle believes the crowd 'influenced the judges' and he 'cant understand' how he didn't win.


The Italian was 13-10 up going into the final third round, with the judges scoring the fight 18-18 at the end.

AJ won on countback to be crowned Olympic champ on his home turf.

But Cammarelle is still bitter about taking the silver medal and believes he should have won the fight.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 2008 Olympic champ said: "As far as I can remember, I think I managed to fight exceptionally well during the two rounds.

"The last round, he did not fight to overcome me. He was just sort of managing the fight. Having an equal number of points, an equal score, I can't understand [how] I didn't win.

"I thought I was managing the advantage I had managed to win over the first round. But nonetheless, I thought I had managed to fight a third round that was enough to win the fight.

"I think the public very much influenced the judges.

"I was under the impression at some point that regardless of any move by Joshua, the crowd was cheering even if it was a miss, and I think it certainly influenced the final result."

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Cammarelle reveals he told his corner to calm their 'celebrations' at the final bell and 'wait for the final result'.

It was then revealed that Joshua and NOT the Italian had got the verdict.

Cammarelle, 40, last fouhgt in 2016, winning unaimously against Nikita Stogov.

Unlike Joshua, the Milan-based boxer never turned professional, ending with an impressive amateur record of 71 wins and 12 defeats.

Meanwhile AJ is preparing to defend his heavyweight world titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.

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