Olympic “boxing” is not a sport so much as a showcase for incompetence, because the people who do the judging are at best morons but more likely simply corrupt. Professional boxing is no crowning example of rectitude, but the BS at the Olympics is at a whole ‘nother level.
Kids, if you are interested in boxing, just plan to skip the Olympics and go straight from Golden Gloves to pro, because competing at the Olympics will waste your time and teach you unhelpful lessons.
I have caught snippets of a couple dozen bouts and I can tell you the judging is execrable. In bout after bout, guys are doing excellent work, landing lots of punches, and getting no credit for landing any punches, and consequently losers are winning and vice versa.
During a bout the other day the idiot of a referee stopped the guys literally after every single engagement with some nonsensical correction. It was “punch punch punch – stop. punch punch punch – stop” for four rounds.
It’s Alice in Wonderland stuff. Not every bout is surreally awful, but so many are that the whole section of the Games should be canceled, shut down, and replaced with more sensible activities like perhaps synchronized potato gun shooting.