After making a call that shocked many, Olympic boxing referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov has been removed from officiating at the London Games.

Despite being knocked down six times, Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov was deemed the victor over a fully conscious Satoshi Shimizu from Japan at the end of their men's bantamweight (56kg) bout on Wednesday. The decision stunned everyone, including the fighters in the ring.

  • Visit Deadspin to see just how badly Shimzu destroyed the Azerbaijani boxer who walked away with the victory.

Allegations of a fixed match quickly began circulating, and Japanese officials immediately filed a complaint. CBS Sports reports that officials have already begun looking into allegations that Azerbaijan may have paid officials to secure the gold medal.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there were signs of trouble long before the games even started. BBC's Newsnight uncovered a potential $9 million pay-off to officials in exchange for two gold medals in these Olympic Games. However, allegations that the money was intended to fix fights were promptly denied.

From the BBC:

Whistleblowers say that WSB's chief claimed the money was in return for a guarantee that Azerbaijani fighters would win two boxing gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics.

The boxing organiser at the Olympics, AIBA [International Amateur Boxing Association], admits an Azeri national paid $9m (£5.9m) to one of their competitions.

According to the Guardian, AIBA appointed a five-man committee to investigate the allegations as early as December 2011, but found them "completely without merit." It's now a bit unclear whether or not the investigation was successful.

Despite the controversy, the AIBA has overturned the bout and awarded it to Shimizu.

Their official statement, as provided by BoxingScene.com:

After reviewing the video of Bout #105 involving Bantamweights Satoshi Shimizu (Japan) and Magomed Abdulhamidov (Azerbaijan), the Competition Jury made the following decision:

- The boxer from Azerbaijan fell down six (6) times during the 3rd round. According to our rules, the Referee should have counted at least three (3) times. In this case, following the AIBA Technical & Competition Rules, the decision should have been RSC (Referee Stop Contest);

- Therefore the protest lodged by the Japanese corner is accepted and the result of this bout overturned.

AIBA officials will consider on Thursday morning whether to sanction the referee of this bout.

Check out the slideshow below to see Shimizu's disbelief first-hand.

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  • A One-Sided Fight

    Japan's Satoshi Shimizu waits for Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov to get up after a knock down during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • A One-Sided Fight

  • Trading Punches

    Japan's Satoshi Shimizu right fights Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Desperation

    Japan's Satoshi Shimizu, left, fights Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Stay Down

    Japan's Satoshi Shimizu knocks down Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov, left, during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • About To Be Surprised

    Japan's Shimizu Satoshi, waits to hear who will be declared the winner in his bout against, Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov, left, during their men's bantam 56-kg boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. Abdulhamidov won the match. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

  • Denial

    Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov is declared the winner over Japan's Satoshi Shimizu during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Anger

    Japan's Satoshi Shimizu reacts after losing his fight against Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bargaining

    Japan's Satoshi Shimizu reacts after losing his fight against Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Depression

    Japan's Satoshi Shimizu reacts after losing his fight against Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Acceptance

    Japan's Satoshi Shimizu reacts after losing his fight against Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov during a bantamweight 56-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)