Jetchev's big stopper was Bob D. Kasule of Uganda, who worked five American fights. Then there was Alberto Duran of Uruguay, who was called upon four times; Larbi of Morocco, three times as a judge, once as a referee; and Sompong Sukar of Thailand, twice as a judge, once as a referee. Held in Jetchev's bullpen were Mohamed Ghaznavi of Pakistan, one and one, Kishen M. Narsi of India, one and one, and Stoino Parlapanov of Bulgaria, one and zero.
On Saturday, the first day of the final round of bouts, Michael Carbajal, the U.S. light flyweight, faced Bulgaria's Ivailo Hristov—and Ghaznavi, Sukar, Kasule and Duran, with Narsi as the referee. Carbajal clearly won the fight but lost the decision 5-0.
In amateur boxing, points are scored by the number of blows landed, not by the damage they inflict. One boxer might get knocked down, but if he gets up and lands three light taps on his opponent, he is ahead. Roughly, three legal punches score one point. In the second round, Compubox's punch stats showed that Carbajal landed 25 punches to Hristov's 11, clearly a two-point round. Ghaznavi gave the round to Hristov; the other four gave it to Carbajal by just one point. On all five cards, Carbajal lost the fight 59-58. Obviously, for the American's final fight Ghaznavi, Sukar, Kasule and Duran devised a new method of scoring punches.
Following Carbajal into the ring, bantamweight Kennedy McKinney dared the judges to steal his gold medal: He beat the tar out of Alexander Hristov, another Bulgarian who was not related to Ivailo. The officials (Larbi, Sukar, Duran, with Ghaznavi as the referee) were left with no recourse but to vote for McKinney, who won a unanimous 5-0 decision. Next up was heavyweight Ray Mercer, who took even less of a chance; he stopped Korea's Baik Hyun-Man at 2:16 of the first round.
Then came Sunday, and Jones was faced with the lineup of Kasule, Larbi and Duran. Clearly, here Adams erred. Until this bout the little Army master sergeant had guided his squad superbly. But with Jones he failed; before the first bell he should have told his fighter, "You are way behind on points. You have to knock him out to win."
In the first round, Jones outpunched Park 20-3. All five judges gave him the round 20-19. Like fighters, judges sometimes warm slowly. In the second round, Jones landed 30 punches to just 15 for Park and tagged the Korean for one standing eight count. Sandor Pajar of Hungary gave Jones the round 20-18, while Zaut Gvadjava of the U.S.S.R. scored it for Jones 20-19. Kasule called the round even. Duran and Larbi ruled that Jones had lost the round 20-19.
Then Jones really opened up. He battered the dazed Korean 36-14. It was one serious whipping. "I knew I was so far ahead," Jones said later, "I knew they couldn't steal it." Gvadjava was so impressed he scored the round 20-18 for Jones. Pajar had it 20-19. But enter the three thieves: They all had Park winning the round 20-19. The gentlemen should have worked in masks.
From his corner Adams kept an eye on the jury table. What he saw made him sick: Paul Konnor, a Milwaukee attorney who is on the International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) executive committee, was arguing with other officials at the table. At the same time a Korean official leaned over, looked at the scoring and leaped straight into the air. Rushing across the ring, Adams shouted down at Anwar Chowdhry of Pakistan, the AIBA president: "I don't believe this! You wouldn't dare give the decision to the Korean!"
Chowdhry never looked up. He knew what was coming: Park the winner by a margin of 3-2. The Hungarian and Soviet judges had scored it for Jones 60-56. Kasule called it a draw 59-59, but as required by amateur rules, was forced to declare for one of the fighters. He gave the edge to the battered Korean for "aggressiveness," though Park had spent most of the fight in retreat. Duran and Larbi scored it for Park outright 59-58.
A few moments later Jones and Park met again in a corridor outside of the main arena. They were waiting to march in for the medals ceremony. Through an interpreter, the Korean said to the American, who had briefly considered not going to the ceremony: "I am sorry. I lost the fight. I feel very bad." After receiving his gold medal, Park held the medal away from his chest, nudged Jones who was standing to his right and shook his head.