The 2014 Asian Games has been filled with controversies in the boxing ring. The key complaint, throughout the tournament, has been the judging which has generally favoured the South Korean fighters who have been given several bouts they didn't deserve. Despite that South Korean boxing officials will be celebrating right now after Shin Jong-Hun, the star of the South Korean national team, claimed the gold medal in the Light Flyweight division.
Going in to the games the South Korea boxing team hadn't won a gold medal since 2002. Shin has ended that run with an historic victory over Kazakhstan's Birzhan Zhakypov with a 3:0 decision win.
The men were widely regarded as the two favourites for the medals and unsurprisingly found their way to the final, though did so with some controversy with some feeling Shin had gotten a very lucky decision over Filipino Mark Anthony Barriga in the semi-final, one of the many decisions that has upset athletes and fans alike.
When it came to the final it was the dream match up for all involved. For Korean officials it gave their team a chance to claim the first gold, for the Kazakh it gave him a chance to fight a man he had beaten at the same competition 4 years ago whilst for Shin it gave him a chance to avenge his loss from 2010.
Whilst Shin's medal comes with a big asterix courtesy of his win over Barriga many will mark this as a turning point in Korean boxing and a chance that the country can build form Shin's "success". If that happens we will enjoy the rise in Korean boxing however it's a shame that the judging has been so unfair through out the competition. Hopefully AIBA will get their house in order with the judging before the APB, a competition that Shin will compete in, kicks off.
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