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USA Boxing Considering Appeal of Roy Jones’ Loss in 1988 Olympics

May 31, 1996

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ With new evidence from a book and their own findings, USA Boxing officials might renew efforts to appeal Roy Jones’ controversial loss in the 1988 Olympics, USA Today reported today.

USA Boxing president Jerry Dusenberry told the newspaper that the referee in Jones’ bout said this year that a judge refused a bribe and was removed from the fight. The referee, Italy’s Aldo Leoni of Italy, roomed with Argentine judge Osbaldo Bisbal in Seoul.

``Bisbal told Leoni three working judges were escorted to the Korean federation secretary’s office and given white envelopes full of money,″ Dusenberry said. ``Bisbal refused ... and at the last minute, was pulled.″

An East German secret police document describing payoffs was cited in ``The New Lords of the Rings: Olympic Corruption and How to Buy Medals,″ a recently published book written by British journalist Andrew Jennings.

While the documents do not specifically cite Jones’ 3-2 loss to South Korea’s Park Si-huh, Jennings believes the evidence is clear. ``I think it’s a safe assumption Jones’ was one of the bribed fights,″ the author said.

Dusenberry told USA Today that he’ll appeal to the International Olympic Committee ``if there’s any hope whatsoever to retrieve that medal.″

Jones said Wednesday he wasn’t surprised by the revelation.

``When they made that decision the way they did, I knew there had to be a payoff,″ said Jones, the IBF super middleweight champion.

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