The London 2012 Olympics were a huge success in most areas, and one of those areas was definitely boxing (antiquated and controversial scoring system aside).
Not only did the ExCeL host a bona fide festival of superb pugilistic performances and thrilling contests, but since then many have enhanced the legacy of 2012’s Olympic boxing by making successful steps into the professional ranks.
Almost all of Rob McCracken’s Team GB participants have since made the switch and made emphatic pro debuts Anthony Ogogo, Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua in particular have all displayed some real vigour as they embark on their pro journeys.
Standing head and shoulders at the top of the pile is Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko, who showed enough in his first pro bout to be signed to a world title fight in only his second contest. That takes place on March 1 against WBO featherweight titlist Orlando Salido in San Antonio.
We now, however, have a booby prize winner from London 2012’s professional converts: Brazil’s Yamaguchi Falcao.
Falcao earned a bronze medal in the men’s light-heavyweight category in London, and finally made the decision to give pro boxing a try, making his debut this past weekend.
Not satisfied that his Olympic pedigree would create enough headlines, however, Falcao made his ring entrance for the bout in Sao Paulo against Argentina’s Martin Fidel Rios wielding an axe.
Yes, an AXE. An actual axe.
His maiden pro fight against the 21-year-old, 10-0-2 fighter soon went the way of a tree which fell victim to Mr. Falcao’s trusty blade: both fighters were warned multiple times by the referee in two dreadful rounds for constant holding, illegal hitting and other infringements.
When the two continued to throw unsporting shots at each other after the bell at the end of the second, the referee had finally reached his threshold and disqualified both men, ruling the entire farce a ‘No Contest’.
Rios responded to the decision by spitting at both Falcao and the ref. Nice!
To be honest, one has to feel for poor Falcao - he was nowhere near as much to blame for the chaos as reputed troublemaker Rios.
At least the only way can surely be up from now on in the pro ranks for the 26-year-old...
Liam Happe | Follow on Twitter @liamhappe