Twenty-eight (28) Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota places were awarded at the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier in Paris, France, today. On Day-2 of the event (which resumed yesterday, more than one year after it was stopped in London, Great Britain), 45 bouts took place in the Men’s Fly (48-52), Light (57-63kg), Light Heavy (75-81), Heavy (81-91kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg) events, and in the Women’s Fly (48-51kg), Light (57-60kg), Welter (64-69kg) and Middle (6-75) events.
The Boxing Task Force Athlete Ambassador, Sarah Ourahmoune, and Minister of Sport of France, Roxana Marcineau attended the event today and followed the competition with the Chair of the IOC Boxing Task Force, Chair Morinari Watanabe and President of the French Boxing Federation, Dominique Nato.
In the first bout of an action-packed day, Europe’s top ranked Men’s Light (57-63) boxer, Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov, lost the match due to an injury (cut) 2:46 minutes into the first round, as the referee stopped the contest giving the victory to his opponent Gabil Mamedov of Russia. Mamedov, advanced to the quarterfinals, securing an Olympic berth for Tokyo 2020. On the 6th of June, in the quarterfinals, he will meet Ukraine’s Yaroslav Khartsyz, who moved up in the brackets after a walkover of his Greek opponent Alexandros Tsanikidis.
In the same weight category, the home team celebrated the victory of Sofiane Oumiha (FRA), who claimed his spot in Tokyo. The 2016 Olympic silver medallist and 2017 world champion went up against Alexandru Paraschiv of Moldova and had to work hard to secure the victory by a split decision (4-1). Damian Durkacz of Poland beat Hungary’s Milan Fodor, claiming a pass to Tokyo. He will meet Belarus’ Dzmitry Asanau, who qualified for the Games by beating Denmark’s Nikolai Terteryan today. Three more quota places went to Javid Chalabiyev from Azerbaijan, Great Britain’s Luke McCormack and Enrico Lacruz from The Netherlands, and.
Number one seed, Muslim Gadzhimagomedov of Russia, easily passed through the Men’s Heavyweight (81-91kg) round of 16 by beating France’s Wilfried Florentin. The 2019 World Champion is now bound to meet Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhidine, who cleared his bout against Turkey’s Muchahit Ilyas with a unanimous decision.
The Men’s Super-Heavyweight (+91) category produced a great show in Paris today. Fighting on his home turf, France’s Mourad Aliev moved one step closer to his dream of competing in the Olympic Games, as he won in the Round of 16 by knocking-out Denmark’s Morten Givskov with a phenomenal punch in the first round. On his road to Tokyo, he will meet Georgia’s Giorgi Tchigladze who beat Serbia’s Vladan Babic.
At the same time, the Men’s Super-Heavyweight’s top seeded boxers in the qualifier, Germany’s Nelvie Tiafack (seed #1) and Croatia’s Marko Milun (seed #2), fell on the Paris’ ring. Tiafack lost to Tsotne Rogava of Ukraine, while on the other ring it was Great Britain’s Frazer Clarke who moved ahead on his Olympic quest. The British boxer beat Croatia’s Milun by a unanimous decision, after giving him two standing counts. Clarke said: “It was a tough one. I knew it would be. He is a seeded boxer and I had boxed him before. I felt quite comfortable, I will be better as the tournament goes on. I put everything into it, I boxed as well as I can. That is what I came here for, to qualify.”
In the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) category, number one seed Buse Naz Cakiroglu of Turkey, passed though the quarterfinals by beating by unanimous decision Belarus’s Yuliya Apanasovich in the first match of the evening session, thus qualifying for Tokyo. In the same weight category, Stoyka Krasteva of Bulgaria, Charley-Sian Davison of Great Britain, and Giordana Sorrentino of Italy won their respective quarterfinals, all booking a ticket to Tokyo.
Four quotas were up for grabs in the Women’s Light (57-60kg) category, which went to the Youth Olympic Champion Caroline Dubois of Great Britain (beating Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli), Sweden’s fourth seeded Agnes Alexiusson (winning by split decision against Greece’s Nikoleta Pita), Europe’s #2 Kellie Harrington of Ireland (beating Maiva Hamadouche of France), and Turkey’s Esra Yildiz (prevailing over Hungary’s Kata Pribojski).
Eight more Tokyo 2020 quota places were up for grabs in the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) and Middle (69-75kg) weight categories. Among the Welters, Angela Carini of Italy won on points against France’s Emilie Sonvico, while the number one seed from Turkey Busenaz Surmeneli beat Ani Hovsepyan of Armenia. Germany’s Nadine Apetz outscored Poland’s number two seed Karolina Koszewska, winning by a 4-1 split decision. Another split decision, a tough 3-2 verdict, gave Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko the victory over Saadat Dalgatova, the number four seed from Russia.
Competing in the Middle weight category, Europe’s #1 Lauren Price of Great Britain won her match against Ukraine’s Anastasiia Chernokolenko by unanimous decision, to qualify for her first Olympic Games. Two-time world champion Zenfira Magomedalieva of Russia dominated her quarterfinal against Sennur Demir, of Turkey, by ending it in standing count in the second round. A unanimous decision gave Ireland’s Aoife O’Rourke the victory over number four seed Elzbieta Wojcik of Poland, while it was the #2 seed from the Netherlands, Nouchka Fontijn, who won the last quarterfinal, outscoring Sweden’s Love Holgersson.
The Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) category continued today with the quarterfinal bouts taking place at the end of this second day of competition. Benjamin Whittaker of Great Britain continued his positive series securing an Olympic qualification slot with a unanimous decision over Sweden’s Lindon Nuha. In Tokyo, he will be joined by Gazimagomed Jalidov of Spain, who won his quarterfinal and a quota place leaving Bayram Malkan, the number three seed from Turkey, in disappointment. Luka Plantic of Croatia and Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez of Azerbaijan pocketed the last two quotas up for grabs in Paris today winning their bouts against Emmet Brennan (IRL) and Imam Khataev (RUS), respectively.
The European Qualifier continues tomorrow: follow the action live!
The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier continues in Paris, tomorrow (6 June). Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Spanish. Coverage is available in all territories worldwide free of charge at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.
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