Olympics-Men’s light flyweight final results — Boxing

Boxing: Light Flyweight — Olympic Games Men

The first women’s bouts of the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament got underway on Friday morning in Riocentro Pavilion 6, with two bouts at Flyweight (51kg) and two at Lightweight (60kg). In the first of two men’s Light Flyweight (49kg) Semi-Finals, Yurberjen Martinez made history as the first Colombian to reach an Olympic Boxing Final, before two Lightweight (60kg) Quarter-Finals and three bouts from the last 16 of the Middleweight (75kg) competition.

The strength of the field in the Women’s Flyweight competition was highlighted from the very first bout, as Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob defeated former World Champion Stanimra Petrova, taking advantage of rare gaps in the Bulgarian’s defences to establish an early lead that she refused to give up.

Kob will now face London 2012 gold medalist Nicola Adams in Tuesday’s first Quarter-Final, while Canada’s Mandy Bujold also progressed, defeating Yodgoroy Mirzaeva. A big left from Bujold had the Uzbek on the canvas in the second round, and from that point there looked to be only one outcome, the Canadian winning all four rounds to set up a Quarter-Final match with China’s London 2012 silver medalist Ren Cancan.

The Women’s Lightweight (60kg) competition got underway with Finland’s experienced Mira Potkonen edging a close encounter with Brazil’s London 2012 bronze medalist Adriana Araujo, before China’s 2014 Asian Games champion Yin Junhua defeated Morocco’s Hasnaa Lachgar to join Potkonen in the last eight.

The Colombian fans were out in full force for the first Semi-Final of the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament, as Yurberjen Martinez looked to find a way past the flamboyant Cuban Johanys Argilagos. Martinez took the tie to the 19 year-old who, for the first time in the Games, struggled to find his rhythm. After a strong finish, Martinez became the first Colombian ever to reach an Olympic gold-medal match, in which he will meet Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov after the Uzbek beat American Nico Hernandez.

Triple World Champion Lazaro Alvarez came up against another in-form American Carlos Balderas in an engaging first Lightweight (60kg) Quarter-Final. The match swung both ways before Alvarez used his all of experience to establish a narrow lead that had become a unanimous judges’ decision by the end of the third round.

A battle between two great APB rivals followed, with the crowd getting behind Brazil’s Robson Conceição as he pushed for a podium finish against Uzbek Hurshid Tojibaev. It was the Brazilian who started brightest, landing some big rights before continuing to exploit Tojibaev’s defences to earn a crucial win.

Arlen Lopez then powered into the Middleweight (75kg) Quarter-Finals with a huge left that put Hungary’s Zoltan Harcsa on the canvas at the end of the first round, leaving the referee no choice but to stop the match. The Cuban will now face France’s Christian Mbilli after he blasted past Ecuador’s Marlo Delgado with some big left crosses to seal a place in the last eight. Kazakh Zhanibek Alimkhanuly’s victory over Algeria’s Ilyas Abbadi wrapped up a superb Day Seven morning session of Olympic boxing.

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The President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, made his way to the Olympic Boxing arena for the first time on Thursday evening to watch the men’s preliminaries and soak up some of the unique atmosphere inside Riocentro Pavilion 6. A long-time fan of boxing, Mr Al-Sabah was delighted with how the competition has been received over the first week of action.

“I’m so happy to be here in Rio to watch the Boxing, it is such a major sport for us and the excitement around it has been great. As an IOC member it is wonderful to see so many NOCs finding success, not just depending on the size of the country. That is what we like to see in sport and it adds great value to the boxing competition.”

Having followed Olympic Boxing for decades, Mr Al-Sabah also expressed his hapiness with the changes that AIBA has implemented under President Ching-Kuo Wu in recent years, including the removal of head protection for the men, and the opening up of the Games for non-AIBA boxers.

“All of these boxers are amazing athletes, and it is good to once again be able to see the women and men boxing side by side, representing their countries. AIBA boxing has undoubtedly become more professional and so it made sense on every level to remove the headguards, for the boxers and for the spectators. But the important thing for the future of the Olympic Boxing competition is that it brings together the best athletes in the world.”

“I’ve been watching the boxing on the television and now in the arena, and I can say that both capture the atmosphere. The Brazilian people are helping to make the Games a success and the excitement is everywhere, but I think that here at the boxing is one of the best from that point of view.”

As for the remainder of the competition, the ANOC President will be hoping to return to catch some more bouts as the tournament enters its second week of action. “I really like the heavyweights so im looking forward to seeing Vassily Levit against Erislandy Savon, its one of those Semi-Finals that could be a final, that is how good they are.”

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AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu was joined by the Vice-President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch Junior, for Friday’s morning session of the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament. Mr Samaranch Junior praised the level of competition and the atmosphere inside Riocentro Pavilion 6, as the first Semi-Finalists in the Men’s Lightweight (60kg) competition were confirmed.

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AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu welcomed World Taekwondo Federation President Dr Chungwon Choue to Riocentro Pavilion 6 on Friday night as the 14th session of the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament got underway.

The four-day Olympic Taekwondo Tournament begins on 17 August and, much like the boxing tournament which has seen head-guards removed for the first time since Los Angeles 1984 and non-AIBA boxers allowed to compete, it will feature important innovations for Rio 2016. A new octagonal competition area will be used for the first time, and head sensors will help the judges’ scoring during the Taekwondo competition in Carioca Arena 3.

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The women boxers got Friday’s evening session under way at Riocentro Pavilion 6, with Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia defeating the Central African Republic’s invitational boxer Judith Mbougnade by technical knockout after a heavy blow in the third round caused the referee to end the bout.

France’s Sarah Ourahmoune was several inches shorter than her opponent Zohra Ez Zahraoui, but evaded the Moroccan’s longer reach for the majority of the bout while landing some heavy blows to earn a comprehensive victory and set up a Quarter-Final tie with Kazakhstan second-seed Zhaina Shekerbekova.

The second of the day’s tripartite invitational boxers was the Federated States of Micronesia’s Jennifer Chieng. Facing Mikaela Mayer of the USA in a tough Olympic debut, Chieng was far from overraught, posing Mayer plenty of problems early, but the American’s physical superiority showed as the contest went on, earning a last eight showdown against Russia’s former World Champion Anastasiia Beliakova.

The Australian fans gave Shelley Watts a rousing reception as she went into the ring against Italy’s former Youth World Champion Irma Testa. The tough Italian emerged victorious from a draining encounter as Watts threw everything at her in the final minutes, and Testa now has until Monday to restore her energies for a tricky Quarter-Final against French World Champion Estelle Mossely.

Two more men’s Lightweight (60kg) Semi-Finalists were then confirmed, as first Mongolian third-seed Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu looked in impressive form overcoming Algeria’s Reda Benbaziz, before France’s Sofiane Oumiha battled his way past Azerbaijan’s former World Champion Albert Selimov to guarantee himself a podium finish.

Four Middleweight (75kg) bouts completed the 14th session of Rio 2016 Boxing, with Russia’s Artem Chebotarev and Azerbaijan’s Kamran Shakhsuvarly vying for a place in the last eight. The Azeri’s positive start saw him through a frenetic contest, and he was joined by Mexico’s Misael Rodriguez, winner by walkover against Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly.

Egyptian medal hope Hosam Abdin again looked sharp as he defeated Cameroon 18 year-old Dieudonne Seyi Ntsengue, before India’s Krishan Shivas outscored Turkey’s Onder Sipal. The session was complete as Uzbekistan’s 2015 World Championship silver medalist Bektemir Melikuziev beat Australian Daniel Lewis by unanimous decision.

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The first women’s bouts of the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament got underway on Friday in Riocentro Pavilion 6, with four bouts at Flyweight (51kg) and Lightweight (60kg). In the men’s Light Flyweight (49kg) Semi-Finals, Yurberjen Martinez made history as the first Colombian to reach an Olympic Boxing gold-medal match, before the Lightweight (60kg) semi-finalists were confirmed along with the last 16 of the Middleweight (75kg) competition.

The strength of the Women’s Flyweight competition was highlighted from the very first bout, as Ukraine’s Tetyana Kob defeated former World Champion Stanimra Petrova, taking advantage of rare gaps in the Bulgarian’s defences to establish an early lead that she refused to give up.

Kob will now face London 2012 gold medalist Nicola Adams in Tuesday’s first Quarter-Final, while Canada’s Mandy Bujold also progressed, defeating Yodgoroy Mirzaeva. A big left from Bujold had the Uzbek on the canvas in the second round, and from that point there looked to be only one outcome, the Canadian winning all four rounds to set up a Quarter-Final match with China’s London 2012 runner-up Ren Cancan.

The Women’s Lightweight (60kg) competition got underway with Finland’s experienced Mira Potkonen edging a close encounter with Brazil’s London 2012 bronze medalist Adriana Araujo, before China’s 2014 Asian Games champion Yin Junhua defeated Morocco’s Hasnaa Lachgar to join Potkonen in the last eight.

The Colombian fans were out in full force for the first Men’s Light Flyweight Semi-Final as Yurberjen Martinez looked to find a way past the flamboyant Cuban Johanys Argilagos. Martinez took the tie to the 19 year-old who, for the first time in the Games, struggled to find a rhythm. After a strong finish, Martinez became the first Colombian ever to reach an Olympic gold-medal match, facing Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov after the Uzbek beat American Nico Hernandez.

Triple World Champion Lazaro Alvarez came up against another in-form American Carlos Balderas in an engaging first Lightweight (60kg) Quarter-Final. The match swung both ways before Alvarez drew on his all of experience to establish a narrow lead that had become a unanimous judges’ decision by the end of the third round.

A battle between two great APB rivals followed, with the crowd getting behind Brazil’s Robson Conceição as he pushed for a podium finish against Uzbek Hurshid Tojibaev. It was the Brazilian who started brightest, landing some big rights before continuing to exploit Tojibaev’s defences and earn a crucial win.

Arlen Lopez then powered into the Middleweight (75kg) Quarter-Finals with a huge left that put Hungary’s Zoltan Harcsa on the canvas at the end of the first round, leaving the referee no choice but to stop the match. The Cuban will face France’s Christian Mbilli after he blasted past Ecuador’s Marlo Delgado with some big left crosses to seal his spot in the last eight. Kazakh Zhanibek Alimkhanuly’s victory over Algerian Ilyas Abbadi wrapped up a superb morning session of Olympic boxing.

The women boxers got the evening session under way, with Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia defeating the Central African Republic’s invitational boxer Judith Mbougnade by technical knockout after a heavy blow in the third round caused the referee to end the bout.

France’s Sarah Ourahmoune was several inches shorter than her opponent Zohra Ez Zahraoui, but evaded the Moroccan’s longer reach for the majority of the bout while landing some heavy blows to earn a comprehensive victory and set up a Quarter-Final tie with Kazakhstan second-seed Zhaina Shekerbekova.

The second of the day’s tripartite invitational boxers was the Federated States of Micronesia’s Jennifer Chieng. Facing Mikaela Mayer of the USA in a tough Olympic debut, Chieng was far from overaught, posing Mayer plenty of problems early, but the American’s physical superiority showed as the contest went on, earning a last eight showdown against Russia’s former World Champion Anastasiia Beliakova.

The Australian fans gave Shelley Watts a rousing reception as she went into the ring against Italy’s former Youth World Champion Irma Testa. The tough Italian emerged victorious from a draining encounter as Watts threw everything at her in the final minutes, and Testa now has until Monday to restore her energies for a tricky Quarter-Final against French World Champion Estelle Mossely.

Two more men’s Lightweight (60kg) Semi-Finalists were then confirmed, as first Mongolian third-seed Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu looked in impressive form overcoming Algeria’s Reda Benbaziz, before France’s Sofiane Oumiha battled his way past Azerbaijan’s former World Champion Albert Selimov to guarantee himself a podium finish.

Four Middleweight (75kg) bouts completed the 14th session of Rio 2016 Boxing, with Russia’s Artem Chebotarev and Azerbaijan’s Kamran Shakhsuvarly vying for a place in the last eight. The Azeri’s positive start saw him through a frenetic contest, and he was joined by Mexico’s Misael Rodriguez, winner by walkover against Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly.

Egyptian medal hope Hosam Abdin again looked sharp as he defeated Cameroon 18 year-old Dieudonne Seyi Ntsengue, before India’s Krishan Shivas outscored Turkey’s Onder Sipal. The session was complete as Uzbekistan’s 2015 World Championship silver medalist Bektemir Melikuziev beat Australian Daniel Lewis by unanimous decision.

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Winner of both the gold medal and the Val Barker award for the best boxer at London 2012, Kazakhstan’s Serik Sapiyev has been keenly watching the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament unfold over the last week in Riocentro Pavilion 6 from outside the ring. Since his victory four years ago – the third consecutive Welterweight title for the national team – Mr Sapiyev has had a youth training centre named after him and become part of the management of the Astana Arlans World Series of Boxing franchise. We caught up with him as he watched his boxers make a successful start to the Rio 2016 Olympic competition.

How have you found the atmosphere in Rio so far compared to London 2012?

I have to say that the fans are amazing, they really get behind all the boxers and you can feel how much this tournament means to the fans and the athletes. In London it was difficult to really sample the atmosphere like I can now, but let’s say they are more emotional here.

Is it difficult to have to watch from the stands and not be more involved?

I do really miss boxing, but I know that that part of my career has finished now and I still have a lot to give to the sport, it is in my soul.

This year sees the removal of headguards at an Olympics for the first time since 1984. Would you have liked to win your Olympic gold without one?

To be honest I would have liked the chance to win my gold without the headgear, it makes for better contests and is safer for the boxers. Whereas before, the boxers could be more defensive, the bouts now are more open. It is down to AIBA’s changes that the new system has helped boxing become more exciting to watch.

The standard of boxing has been incredibly high already at Rio 2016, do you think the growth of the WSB competition has helped lift the level of performances?

The WSB competition has definitely benefitted our boxers, it teaches them to be more patient and gives them a big stage to perform on. I see the WSB project growing and developing every year along with the boxers, and I think that has been reflected at these Games so far.

Yeleussinov will be going for your country’s fourth successive Welterweight Olympic gold, what is it that has made Kazakhstan so successful at that weight?

Yeleussinov was a silver medalist in Doha, and I also won World Championship silver before my Olympic gold. The welterweight class is just a natural weight for Kazakhstan and for our people. For this generation, it seems to be the ideal weight.

Is the team’s success in Rio so far a reflection of the healthy state of boxing across your country?

The atmosphere in the Kazakhstan camp is very positive. It is relaxed but very focussed. We are getting behind each other, and there is a confidence that is running from the coaches through to the boxers. We have a very strong team bond here, while at home the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation is doing everything to support the men and women boxers. AIBA have been very supportive of our Federation, and I think the strength of Kazakh boxing today is a reflection of the boost in popularity that has resulted from us hosting events like the 2013 Almaty Men’s World Championships and the Women’s World Championships in Almaty earlier this year.

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It was a memorable session of Olympic Boxing on Saturday morning, as the Men’s Olympic Flyweight (52kg) competition got up and running with four preliminary bouts followed by two Welterweight (69kg) Quarter-Finals, a Heavyweight semi and the return of the Super Heavyweights ( 91kg), including a first appearance from current World Champion Tony Yoka.

Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Sattibayev got the action underway with an emphatic win over Puerto Rico’s Jeyvier Cintron, setting up an exciting second round tie with top-seed Alvin Mamishzada on Monday. Brendan Irvine then struggled to contain the formidable firepower of Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zhoiroz, and although the Irishman found some rhythm as his Olympic debut wore on, the Uzbek registered a comfortable win and now meets USA’s Antonio Vargas, winner against Brazil’s Juliao Neto.

Venezuela’s Yoel Finol was in sparkling form as he negotiated a tough bout against the lively Dominican Leonel Nunez, before Bulgaria’s Daniel Asenov defeated Finol’s fellow South American Fernando Martinez of Argentina by split decision.

Reigning World Welterweight (69kg) Champion Mohammed Rabii then went up against Ireland’s Steven Donnelly with a place in the Semi-Final and a guaranteed podium finish at stake. The Moroccan looked back to his best form, repeatedly finding his target and dodging Donnelly’s counters, and will now need to repeat the performance if he is to beat Shakhram Giyasov. The Uzbek made light work of his tie against Cuba’s London 2012 gold medalist Roniel Iglesias, and Monday’s last-four tie will be unmissable.

Russia’s towering Evgeny Tishchenko booked his place in the Heavyweight (91kg) final with a consummate display against Uzbekistan’s Rustam Tulaganov. The World Champion delivered some hammer blows, and despite the Uzbek’s greater mobility, he was unable to avoid defeat.

Reigning World Champion Tony Yoka got the day’s Super Heavyweight ( 91kg) contests under way, and the Frenchman looked in commanding form against the US Virgin Islander Laurent Clayton. Yoka’s win will see him face Jordan’s Hussein Iashaish in the first of Tuesday’s Quarter-Finals after a close victory over Romania’s APB World Champion Mihai Nistor.

Cuba’s Leinier Pero and Italy’s Guido Vianello both enjoyed good spells of boxing on their Olympic debuts, but Pero’s overall superiority across the three rounds was reflected in a unanimous judges’ decision. The Cuban will face the big Croatian Filip Hrgovic in the last eight after he registered a comfortable win against Turkey’s Ali Demirezen.

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The stars came out for the 16th session of the Rio 2016 Olympic Boxing Tournament, with a true legend of the sport and former Olympic bronze medalist Floyd Mayweather watching on as Britain’s Joe Joyce and Uzbek Bakhodir Jalolov lit up the afternoon with two big TKO victories in quick succession. Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba then delivered the first KO of the Games with a huge right against Trinidad and Tobago’s Nigel Paul as one of boxing’s biggest names watched on.

Mayweather competed at the Atlanta 1996 Games, before going on to become one of the most in-demand boxers of all time.  Also watching on were the NBA stars of the US Basketball team Kevin Durrant, Anthony Carmelo, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins and DeMar DeRozan. Making the most of a break from the Basketball competition at the nearby Olympic Park, the team soaked up the carnival atmosphere inside a packed Riocentro Pavilion 6.

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Saturday’s afternoon session saw the big-hitting Super Heavyweights ( 91kg) provide the thrills as Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba, Britain’s Joe Joyce and Uzbek Bakhodir Jalolov all delivered show-stopping wins to reach the Quarter-Finals, while the final was confirmed at Heavyweight (91kg) as Kazakhstan’s Vassily Levit out-boxed Cuba’s Erislandy Savon.

France’s Elie Konki got the session underway with a win over German Hamza Touba in the first Men’s Flyweight (52kg) bout and will now meet Russia’s Misha Aloian in a tricky second-round tie on Monday. Mexican Elias Emigdio Abarca was then floored with a heavy body blow in the middle of his bout with Mongolia’s Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu, but recovered brilliantly to progress.

China’s Hu Jianguan edged a brilliant battle with Turkey’s Selcuk Eker and will meet Armenia’s Narek Abgaryan after he progressed against the experienced Ugandan Ronald Serugo. The second-round line-up was completed when Morocco’s Achraf Kharroubi overcame Lesotho’s Moroke Mokhotho to set up a tough match against Cuban second-seed Yosbany Veitia on Monday night.

The line-up for the second Light Welterweight (69kg) Semi-Final was then decided, as Thailand’s Ardee Saylom and France’s Souleymane Cissokho put on a superb show of boxing for the packed house. Ardee had the better of the first three minutes, but Cissokho finished strongly to assure himself at least a bronze ahead of what will be a tough tie against Kazakhstan’s lightening-fast Daniyar Yeleussinov. The former World Champion was up against the spirited Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre, and conjured another majestic performance to keep his hopes of gold in Rio well and truly alive.

The second Heavyweight (91kg) Semi-Final saw Kazakhstan’s Vassily Levit take on Erislandy Savon, and if the Cuban narrowly won the first round, the second belonged to Levit, leaving the last three minutes on a knife edge. Levit came out with more intent, and as Savon struggled to find his range, the delighted Kazakh advanced to the gold-medal match.

Britain’s Joe Joyce made quick work of his opening Super Heavyweight ( 91kg) bout against Cape Verde’s Davilson Morais, registering a TKO victory with a big right at the end of the first round. His next test will be Bakhodir Jalolov Edgar Munoz, who was in equally impressive form as he halted Venezuelan Edgar Munoz in the second.

The Super Heavyweight competition was already living up to its billing when Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba delivered a spectacular first-round knockout against Trinidad and Tobago’s Paul Nigel to send the crowd wild. Ajagba will meet Kazakhstan’s London 2012 bronze medalist Ivan Dychko on Tuesday for a place in the final after his TKO win against the Azeri Mahammadrasul Majidov.

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It was a memorable day of Olympic Boxing on Saturday as the Men’s Olympic Flyweight (52kg) competition got up and running with eight preliminary bouts followed by the Welterweight (69kg) Quarter-Finals, two Heavyweight semis and the return of the Super Heavyweights ( 91kg), including a first appearance from current World Champion Tony Yoka. With the legendary Floyd Mayweather and members of the US Basketball team watching from the stands in a packed Riocentro Pavilion 6, the halfway stage of the competition was reached in grand style, as a series of TKOs raised the roof.

Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Sattibayev got the action underway with an emphatic win over Puerto Rico’s Jeyvier Cintron, setting up an exciting second round tie with top-seed Alvin Mamishzada on Monday. Brendan Irvine then struggled to contain the formidable firepower of Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zhoiroz, and although the Irishman found some rhythm as his Olympic debut wore on, the Uzbek registered a comfortable win and now meets USA’s Antonio Vargas, winner against Brazil’s Juliao Neto.

Venezuela’s Yoel Finol was in sparkling form as he negotiated a tough bout against the lively Dominican Leonel Nunez, before Bulgaria’s Daniel Asenov defeated Finol’s fellow South American Fernando Martinez of Argentina by split decision.

Reigning World Welterweight (69kg) Champion Mohammed Rabii then went up against Ireland’s Steven Donnelly with a place in the Semi-Final and a guaranteed podium finish at stake. The Moroccan looked back to his best form, repeatedly finding his target and dodging Donnelly’s counters, and will now need to repeat the performance if he is to beat Shakhram Giyasov. The Uzbek made light work of his tie against Cuba’s London 2012 gold medalist Roniel Iglesias, and Monday’s last-four tie will be unmissable.

Russia’s towering Evgeny Tishchenko booked his place in the Heavyweight (91kg) final with a consummate display against Uzbekistan’s Rustam Tulaganov. The World Champion delivered some hammer blows, and despite the Uzbek’s greater mobility, he was unable to avoid defeat.

Reigning World Champion Tony Yoka got the day’s Super Heavyweight ( 91kg) contests under way, and the Frenchman looked in commanding form against the US Virgin Islander Laurent Clayton. Yoka’s win will see him face Jordan’s Hussein Iashaish in the first of Tuesday’s Quarter-Finals after a close victory over Romania’s APB World Champion Mihai Nistor.

Cuba’s Leinier Pero and Italy’s Guido Vianello both had good spells of boxing on their Olympic debuts, but Pero’s overall superiority across the three rounds was reflected in a unanimous judges’ decision. The Cuban will face the big Croatian Filip Hrgovic in the last eight after he registered a comfortable win against Turkey’s Ali Demirezen.

France’s Elie Konki got Saturday’s evening session underway with a win over German Hamza Touba in the first Men’s Flyweight (52kg) bout and will now meet Russia’s Misha Aloian in a tricky second-round tie on Monday. Mexican Elias Emigdio Abarca was then floored with a heavy body blow in the middle of his bout with Mongolia’s Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu, but recovered brilliantly to progress.

China’s Hu Jianguan edged a brilliant battle with Turkey’s Selcuk Eker and will meet Armenia’s Narek Abgaryan after he progressed against the experienced Ugandan Ronald Serugo. The second-round line-up was completed when Morocco’s Achraf Kharroubi overcame Lesotho’s Moroke Mokhotho to set up a tough match against Cuban second-seed Yosbany Veitia on Monday night.

The line-up for the second Light Welterweight (69kg) Semi-Final was then decided, as Thailand’s Ardee Saylom and France’s Souleymane Cissokho put on a superb show of boxing for the packed house. Ardee had the better of the first three minutes, but Cissokho finished strongly to assure himself at least a bronze ahead of what will be a tough tie against Kazakhstan’s lightening-fast Daniyar Yeleussinov. The former World Champion was up against the spirited Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre, and conjured another majestic performance to keep his hopes of gold in Rio well and truly alive.

The second Heavyweight (91kg) Semi-Final saw Kazakhstan’s Vassily Levit take on Erislandy Savon, and if the Cuban narrowly won the first round, the second belonged to Levit, leaving the last three minutes on a knife edge. Levit came out with more intent, and as Savon struggled to find his range, the delighted Kazakh advanced to the gold-medal match.

Britain’s Joe Joyce made quick work of his opening Super Heavyweight ( 91kg) bout against Cape Verde’s Davilson Morais, registering a TKO victory with a big right at the end of the first round. His next test will be Bakhodir Jalolov Edgar Munoz, who was in equally impressive form as he halted Venezuelan Edgar Munoz in the second.

The Super Heavyweight competition was already living up to its billing when Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba delivered a spectacular first-round knockout against Trinidad and Tobago’s Paul Nigel to send the crowd wild. Ajagba will meet Kazakhstan’s London 2012 bronze medalist Ivan Dychko on Tuesday for a place in the final after his TKO win against the Azeri Mahammadrasul Majidov.

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Sunday’s morning session saw the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Boxing Tournament awarded to Uzbekistan’s Light Flyweight (49kg) Hasanboy Dusmatov following a brilliant Final performance against Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez. Before their decisive bout, the first contests in the Women’s Middleweight (75kg) competition had begun proceedings, followed by the Men’s Bantamweight (56kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg) preliminaries and the first of the day’s two Lightweight Semi-Finals.

Uzbekistan’s Dusmatov had been made to work hard to reach the final, and came up against an in-form Colombian who had himself had to overcome the much-fancied Cuban Johanys Argilagos in the semis. There was little to call between the two boxers early on, but Dusmatov grew into the bout, combining rapid-fire combinations with resolute defence, and not even a third-round flourish from Martinez could stem the tide. Dusmatov became the first gold medalist of Rio 2016 and a worthy Light-Flyweight champion, while Martinez’ silver was the first-ever for Colombia.

“It is hard to express everything I am feeling right now, but I am incredibly happy and I cannot wait to get the gold medal around my neck. Thirty million people have been waiting for this moment and I know my family will be happy for me and I am thrilled to be champion,” said a delighted Dusmatov after the bout.

Earlier on in the session, it was a former Youth and a former Junior World Champion who had got the day started, with Russia’s Iaroslava Iakushina overcoming Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei before Canada’s Ariane Fortin and Kazakh Dariga Shakimova embarked on four incredibly close rounds of boxing, with Shakimova edging the judges’ decision.

The Irish World Champion Michael Conlan then began his quest for Rio 2016 Bantamweight (64kg) gold against Armenia’s Aram Avagyan. The pair traded punches in an attritional display of close-range boxing, but Conlan looked in great form on route to a unanimous judges’ decision.

The Thailand fans were out in force once again as Chatchai Butdee took to the ring to face former World Championship silver medalist Vladimir Nikitin. With honours even after two rounds, it was the Russian who managed to find another gear in the final three minutes to set up a Quarter-Final showdown with Conlan on Tuesday morning.

Mongolian Tsendbaatar Erdenebat also summoned a strong finish against Belarus’ lively 19 year-old Asanau Dzimitry to reach the last eight, before the volume soared for the arrival of Brazil’s Robenilson de Jesus and USA’s Shakur Stevenson. The American managed to avoid de Jesus’ long reach for much of their bout, and delivered a superb finale to which his opponent could find no answer.

There was no let up as two more crowd favourites, Robson Conceição and Cuba’s triple World Champion Lazaro Alvarez got a rapturous reception ahead of their crucial Lightweight (60kg) Semi-Final. Alvarez edged a nervy first round before Conceição worked his way back into the tie and, with a place in the final on the line, a frenetic finish brought the boxing pavilion to its feet, with the Brazilian making it through to Tuesday evening’s gold-medal match in dramatic fashion.

“It is hard to find the words after such an emotional triumph, but I am really happy. I had a clear strategy against the Cuban, who is an old rival of mine from other major competitions, I am in top form and I could feel the support from the amazing Brazilian fans in the venue,” said Conceição afterwards.

The Light Welterweight (64kg) preliminaries continued with Russia’s top-seed Vitaly Dunaytsev earning a unanimous win over Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia, before China’s Qianxun Hu edged a split decision against Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov. Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, runner-up to Dunaytsev at last year’s World Championships in Doha, looked impressive as he progressed to the last eight with a win over India’s Manoj Kumar, where he will face USA’s Gary Russell, winner of a tight bout with Thailand’s Wuttichai Masuk.

It was Cuba versus Brazil once more in the first Light Heavyweight (81kg) bout of the day, and Julio Cesar La Cruz looked in mesmerising form as he outboxed Michel Borges to earn a Semi-Final tie against Mathieu Bauderlique, who became the third French boxer into a Rio 2016 Semi-Final with a hugely impressive TKO win over Ecuador’s Carlos Mina.

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Sunday morning saw the first boxing champion of Rio 2016 crowned, as Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov won the gold in emphatic fashion against Colombia’s first-ever boxing silver medalist Yurberjen Martinez. It was a controlled performance from Dusmatov, who had battled through to the final after a superb Semi-Final against the American Nico Hernandez on Friday, and he was paraded around the venue on his coach’s shoulders and draped in the Uzbekistan flag following the unanimous points victory.

“It is hard to express everything I am feeling right now, but I am incredibly happy and I cannot wait to get the gold medal around my neck. First and foremost, I send love back to my country because I know that my family and President and the whole country are watching even though it is 3 o’clock in the morning. Thirty million people have been waiting for this moment. I know my family will be happy for me and I am thrilled to be champion. I want to thank Rio for an amazing Olympic Games experience,” said a delighted Dusmatov after his win.

The Light Flyweight silver medal went to Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez, with Cuba’s Johanys Argilagos and American Nico Hernandez winning the bronze medals.

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A busy Sunday evening session of Olympic Boxing at Riocentro Pavilion 6 began with two more preliminaries in the Women’s Middleweight (75kg) competition, and Brazil’s Andreia Bandeira got the crowd going straight away with a tight victory over the athletic Panamanian Atheyna Bylon. Britain’s Savannah Marshall then recovered from a slow start against Sweden’s Anna Nash to set up a last 16 tie against Netherlands’ number two-seed Nouchka Fontijn.

A high-tempo bout between South Korean Ham Sangmyeong and China’s APB champion Jiawei Zhang then got the last of the Men’s Bantamweight (56kg) preliminaries under way. It was a draining match as the two traded heavy blows across the three rounds, but Zhang finally emerged with a unanimous victory. He will now meet London 2012 Flyweight gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez on Tuesday after the Cuban narrowly beat Mohamed Hamout of Morocco with a typically assured display.

Argentine Alberto Melian had put himself into a commanding position in the first round against Tunisia’s Bilel Mhamdi before the referee awarded him a second-round TKO win, and he now faces a tough Quarter-Final against Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev after his exciting, exhausting victory over Kazakhstan’s Kairat Yeraliyev.

The second Men’s Lightweight (60kg) Semi-Final of the day followed, and it was France’s Sofiane Oumiha who booked a place in Tuesday’s final against Brazil’s Robson Conceição with a solid win over Mongolian Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu.

The last 16 of the Men’s Light Welterweight (64kg) was then completed, with German APB World Champion Artem Harutyunyan looking like a man in his Olympic rhythm as he found the target time and again to record an impressive win over Canada’s Arthur Biyarslanov. Turkey’s Batuhan Gozgec’s fierce combinations proved too strong for Brazil’s Joedison Teixeira, before the Azeri Lorenzo Sotomayor won an engaging bout by split decision against Amzil Hassan of France.

Britain’s Pat McCormack looked to come forward at every opportunity against the counter-attacking Cuban Yasnier Toledo in a balanced encounter that looked poised for a grandstand finish after two rounds. Toledo kept his composure throughout the final three minutes, fending off McCormack long enough to earn a split decision that saw him through to the last eight.

Britain’s Josh Buatsi came through the battle of the big hitters against Algeria’s Abdelhafid Benchabla with another assured display to reach the Light Heavyweight (81kg) Semi-Final. He was joined by Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Niyazymbetov, who conjured a brilliant display against the imposing Azeri Teymur Mammadov to guarantee himself a podium finish.

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Coverage of the Men’s Light Flyweight final, the Women’s Middleweight and the Men’s Bantamweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight and Light Heavyweight classes from the Riocentro.

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Games: 11 summer games in 10 countries

Participants: 11

Medals:1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Most Medals (Athlete): 4 athletes with 1 medal

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BBC Sport — Olympic Boxing — Episode guide

Uzbekistan’s light-flyweight Hasanboy Dusmatov won the first gold medal of the Olympic boxing competition at Rio 2016 on 14 August when he beat Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez on a unanimous points decision. Losing semi-finalists Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba and the USA’s Nico Hernandez each won bronze.

The gold was Uzbekistan’s first of the 2016 Games, and Dusmatov promptly pledged to defend his title in Tokyo in four years’ time. “I did everything that was planned before the fight, all the tactics and techniques I have been taught by my coach,» he said. «I used everything I could.»

With most of the largely South American crowd cheering on the Colombian, Martinez came out strongly against the Uzbek, who managed to keep his poise and caught his opponent on the counter-punch. All three judges scored the first two rounds to Dusmatov, with only the French judge declaring Martinez to have taken the last round.

Dusmatov becomes only Uzbekistan’s second Olympic boxing gold medallist after 2000 Olympic light-welterweight Mahammatkodir Abdullayev. «When I was a kid, I saw Abdullayev getting the gold medal and I had a dream to repeat the same story and get another for my country,» said Dusmatov, who comes from the same city as the Sydney gold medallist.

Hernandez, who lost to the eventual champion in the semis, said his hard work had paid off, and felt that being beaten by the man who went on to win the gold added weight to his medal. “I turned the negative into a positive and here I am with the medal, bringing it to the USA,” said the American. “It’s a great feeling getting the team off to a good start. I know it’s going to make my team want to do even better.”

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