2012 Summer Olympics

Breaking News: U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Reinstated to Olympic Tournament

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Krishan Vikas of India (R) is awarded the victory over Errol Spence of United States during the Men's Welter (69kg) Boxing on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 3, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIAugust 4, 2012

In a shocking turn of events, Errol Spence, who was robbed earlier today in a fight—it appeared that he clearly deserved to win—has been reinstated into the Olympic tournament by the AIBA. 

In this e-mail, the AIBA states that the decision is being overturned in the bout because Spence's opponent repeatedly held but had minimal warnings and no point deductions and wasn't penalized for spitting out his mouthpiece. 

Had these fouls been properly officiated, Spence would've won 15-13.

This comes on the heels of one of the most controversial stretches of the Olympics ever, where it seems that decisions are routinely going the wrong way and that the refereeing has been awful.

For Team USA, this is a welcome reprieve after it has been on the short end of the stick numerous times throughout this Olympic tournament. 

So, Spence moves on to the quarterfinals, and with a victory, he will advance to the medal rounds. He's a nice kid and a terrific fighter, and he deserves the shot after not getting a fair shake initially.

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