Seismic ructions in AIBA as 'giant' Abiyev expelled

In an almost unprecedented move, AIBA have moved swiftly to expel referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov (Turkmenistan) from the London 2012 Olympic Games with immediate effect. AIBA have also suspended his fellow referee Frank Scharmach (Germany) from refereeing for a period of five days, up to and including 6th August.
These decisions are nothing though when compared with the following actions which should be considered as seismic in the world of amateur boxing.

After a number of breaches of the AIBA Code of Conduct, the AIBA Olympic Compliance Committee proposed to the AIBA President to expel International Technical Official (ITO) Aghajan Abiyev (Azerbaijan) from the London 2012 Olympic Games with immediate effect.
The decision was approved by the AIBA President and therefore Mr Abiyev has now left the AIBA Delegation's hotel.
Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President declared: "I deeply regret that we had to take these decisions. However, our main concern has been and will always be the protection of the integrity and fair-play of our competitions. I will take all possible steps to reinforce this."
Having personally served on both EABA as a finance commission member, and attended the AIBA congress, this latter decision in respect of Aghajan Abiyev has taken my breath away.
In the realms of AIBA he has been an absolute giant and successfully made the transition from the old guard of Anwar Chowdry's regime to the new set up under Dr Wu.
Whatever his action has been to cause this dramatic step it must be serious, and it'll be interesting to see what comes out in the inevitable wash later.


Crolla V Murray

A lot of people consider the lightweight bout taking place in Manchester this weekend between Anthony Crolla (27-4-1) and John Murray (32-2) to be a very close call indeed. The contest, in UK's second biggest city on Easter Weekend, is for the WBO lightweight Inter-continental title, but the significance of the result means more than the marginal title as it will put them a step closer to a world title fight. Even if this isn't immediately forthcoming, the division is stacked in Britain, and can throw up some massive domestic scraps.

Fight Reports

Crag Whyatt v Ben Moorish, Camden Centre, 11th April

Last Friday at the Camden Centre, Morden super featherweight Craig Whyatt (7-1) liquidated Plymouth’s Ben Morrish (3-8-2) in the first round to bag the Masters Bronze super featherweight belt. This was scheduled for eight, but when Morrish tried to turn it into a brawl he quickly came off second best after Jeff Hinds halted proceedings following his third knockdown.