BBC – BBC Newsnight has uncovered evidence of secret payments of millions of dollars from Azerbaijan to international boxing organisation World Series Boxing (WSB). Whistleblowers say that WSB’s chief claimed the money was in return for a guarantee that Azerbaijani fighters would win two boxing gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics. Lawyers for the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) told the BBC that any such allegation was “preposterous and utterly untrue”. Whistleblowers from inside boxing approached Newsnight with allegations about the Chief Operating Officer of the AIBA’s World Series Boxing (WSB), Ivan Khodabakhsh. WSB had run into financial difficulties in America and was in need of funding. The insiders said Mr Khodabakhsh told them that a secret deal had been done to secure funding from Azerbaijan in return for manipulation of the Olympic boxing tournament to guarantee gold medals for Azerbaijani fighters. One insider told Newsnight: “Ivan boasted to a few of us that there was no need to worry about World Series Boxing having the coin to pay its bills. As long as the Azeris got their medals, WSB would have the cash.” Another said that Mr Khodabakhsh came in and said: “We are safe now – Azerbaijan came in – we have to give them medals for that.”"He was talking about gold medals in London in return for millions of dollars of secret payments,” the insider added. “Medals are being sold so blatantly it’s amazing.”
Boxing just being boxing. Doesn’t matter what country, what division, pro, amateur or what. Shit is always gonna be rigged. It always has and it always will and Tedy Atlas is always going to be there to complain about it. By the way I love Tedy Atlas. By far the dumbest sounding smart man on the planet.
I ain’t even mad at Azerbaijan either. If they didn’t buy em somebody else would have. Early bird gets the worm. You want to succeed in boxing? Be good at cheating. It’s just as important if not more so than actual talent. I’m just curious how Azerbaijan has that type of cash flow though? Shouldn’t they be spending that money on like roads and shit?
PS – How awesome would it be if Vince McMahon bought boxing? That would take this to a whole new level. Like keep the sport real but keep the results just as rigged. I’m talking two Dave Hebner’s and shit like that, but the boxers don’t even know it’s coming. That would be magic. As a sidenote I could watch the 2 Dave Hebner clip 1,000 times and laugh everytime.