Samir Brahimi reacts to Olympic loss
Algerian boxer Samir Brahimi (52 kg), who lost his Olympic bout against Russia's Misha Alouan in a 14-9 decision on Friday (August 3rd), declared that he did not deserve defeat.
"The result does not reflect what actually happened in the ring," the flyweight told APS. "This is the second time I lose to the same opponent, always because of arbitration, and I am sorry for the Algerian people."
His Russian opponent - the reigning world champion in the flyweight division and the number one seed – advanced to the quarter-finals by beating Brahimi.
According to Algerian Boxing Federation chief Abdellah Bessalem, however, Brahimi may not have fully exploited his capabilities during the bout.
"Samir performed well against the world champion, with a difference of one or two points, which is evidence that the bout was balanced," Bessalem said. "Perhaps he lacked some courage to turn the result in his favour, but I am satisfied with the performance. He is still a young man, 21 years old."
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