Day 12: ROC’s BATYRGAZIEC takes men’s featherweight gold, ALVAREZ (CUB) earns third consecutive bronze

05/08/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 05: Men’s Feather (52-57kg) gold medalist Albert Batyrgaziev of Team Russian Olympic Committee poses with his medal during the Victory Ceremony on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Albert BATYRGAZIEC of the Russian Olympic Committee became the new Men’s Feather (52-57kg) Olympic Champion today, as he beat USA’s Duke RAGAN, from Cincinnati, OH, via a 3:2 split decision at Tokyo’s Kokugikan Arena.

The 23-year-old first-time Olympian earned a 10 from four out of five judges in both the first and the second rounds, leaving almost no chances to RAGAN. The ROC’s athlete played defensive in round three, managing his advantage to finish atop of the podium and to collect his first gold medal ever in a world-level competition.

BATYRGAZIEC said: “The Olympic Games is serious business. I am so glad that I managed to prove to everyone that I deserved this victory.”

“There’s no easy bout, there’s no easy rival here at the Olympic Games. All boxers who made it here to Tokyo deserve respect and are a potential winner.”

BATYRGAZIEC only started competing in boxing five years ago, after a junior career in kickboxing events: “I was the Russian kickboxing champion before I turned 18,” he commented. “I set a new goal for myself when I turned 18 and moved on to boxing. I was dreaming of an Olympic gold. And I made it. Five years later, I made my dream come true.”

RAGAN, the 2019 Pan American Games bantamweights silver medalist, collected silver, USA’s 12th Olympic medal in the men’s featherweight division, more than double than any other NOC.

“I gave my 100%. I couldn’t find my rhythm in the first rounds. Only later in the bout. But then it was too late,” RAGAN said, commenting on his bout.

The 23-year-old American boxer had decided to turn professional in August 2020, after the 2020 Olympic Games were postponed. He won his first four fights as a professional, but in June 2021 he was offered the chance to compete at the Games as he qualified through the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) rankings.

“I got the call saying that I’m qualified and it’s like a dream come true. This is all I ever wanted, it was always my goal to go to the Olympics,” the American boxer commented. “I am so blessed to be here.”

Bronze medals went to Lazaro ALVAREZ of Cuba and Samuel TAKYI of Ghana.

ALVAREZ became the first boxer to win three Olympic medals in three different weight categories – having collected bronze medals both at the London Games, in the bantamweights, and in Rio de Janeiro (lightweights). After the medal ceremony he said:

“I will continue on to the Paris 2024 Olympics, I will be competing in the welterweight category, and I hope I can win a fourth medal at my fourth participation.”

Earlier today, the Women’s Light (57-60kg), Men’s Fly (48-52kg) and Men’s Middle (69-75kg) semifinals bouts were contested here at the Kokugikan Arena.

In the Women’s Light (57-60kg) event, top seed Kellie Anne HARRINGTON (IRL)and Sudaporn SEESONDEE (THA) lit up the stage with a tight semifinal round. The 31-year-old from Ireland came up on top with a close 3:2 split decision, moving on to gold medal match. In the final bout, scheduled on 8 August, she will square off against Beatriz FERREIRA of Brazil, who outscored Finland’s Mira Marjut Johanna POTKONEN with a sharp 5:0.

Carlo PAALAM (PHI) secured a unanimous decision victory in the Men’s Fly (48-53kg) semifinal, disappointing Japan’s Ryomei TANAKA. The Pilipino boxer is now up for a final bout against Great Britain’s Galal YAFAI who prevailed over Saken BIBOSSINOV (KAZ) via a 3-2 split decision after a high-energy match.

In another intense semifinal bout, Oleksandr KHYZHNIAK (UKR) clinched a hard-fought 3:2 win over Eumir MARCIAL of the Philippines in the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) division. The top runner from Ukraine will climb onto the ring again on 7 August, when he will face Brazil’s Hebert SOUSA (who defeated 4:1 ROC’s 2019 World champ Gleb BAKSHI) in the final round of the tournament.

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  

Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Light (57-60kg)

Men’s Fly (48-52kg)

Men’s Middle (69-75kg)

Men’s Feather (52-57kg)



Day 11: Cuba’s LOPEZ claims second gold back-to-back, leaves WHITTAKER (GBR) in tears

03/08/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 04: Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) gold medalist Arlen Lopez of Team Cuba poses with his medal during the Victory Ceremony on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Arlen LOPEZ did it again. The 28-year-old Cuban boxer won today’s Men’s Light-Heavy (75-81kg) weight category gold medal match, claiming his second Olympic title back-to-back (in Rio, he had collected the brightest medal in the middleweights category).

Today, on the ring of Tokyo’s Kokugikan Arena, he defeated Great Britain’s 24-year-old Benjamin WHITTAKER, a first-time Olympian whose best achievement so far had been a World Championship bronze and a European Championship silver, both in 2019.

LOPEZ dominated the first two rounds of the match, turning out to be too fast to catch. In round three, as the peace of the bout slowed down a bit, WHITTAKER fought back, winning the points of four judges out of five. But that was not enough to gain the most coveted medal, that went to LOPEZ with a 4:1 split decision.

LOPEZ said: “It feels great to be back atop of the Olympic podium. I want to dedicate this medal to my family, I was talking to them just a minute ago, before coming into this press conference room, as they are the first people, I want to share my joy with.”

“Many people did not believe in me; they did not believe I could make it. Today, I proved them wrong.”

“The pandemic did not stop me. I used the one-year postponement to train longer and harder for the Games.”

WHITTAKER, who was crying after his loss, said: “I did not win silver. I have lost gold. Nobody trains for a silver medal. Nobody trains to end up in second or third. I have lost it, and that’s why I was so emotional out there.”

“Arlen is a great boxer; I have lost to a great athlete. This time was his time. I will now go back to the gym; I will change a few things and train harder for the next Olympics. And, hopefully, next time it will be my time.”

The two Men’s Light-Heavy (75-81kg) bronze medals went to Cuban-born Azeri boxer Loren Berto ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ and to the Russian Olympic Committee’s Imam KHATAEV.

“It feels great to be here, among the medalists,” ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ said. “I have huge respect for the athletes with whom I am sharing the podium with. Yes, we represent different countries, and we fight on the ring, but in the end, we are all friends, and we pushed each other to the top, also through lock-downs and postponements.”

Earlier today, in the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) semifinal, top seed Buse Naz CAKIROGLU (TUR) left no chances to Hsiao-Wen HUANG (TPE), winning by unanimous decision after an intense bout. CAKIROGLU secured a spot in the final scheduled on Saturday 7 August, when the Turkish boxer will meet Stoyka Zhelyazkova KRASTEVA of Bulgaria (who prevailed on NAMIKI Tsukim of Japan).

Turkey claimed another brilliant success in the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) division owing to the #1 seeded Busenaz SURMENELI (TUR) who defeated India’s Lovlina BORGOHAIN in the semifinal via a sharp 5:0 victory. In the gold medal match (7 August) she will go on the ring against the People’s Republic of China’s GU Hong, who advanced to the with a 4:1 victory over Oshae JONES (USA).

In the first of the two Men’s Super-Heavy (+91kg) semifinals contested today, Bakhodir JALOLOV (UZB) and Frazer CLARKE (GBR) put an impressive show on the ring. After two rounds of great boxing (led by JALOLOV), the referee stopped the bout during round three due to an injury reported by CLARKE, letting JALOLOV advance to the final match.

There, on 8 August, the Uzbek will meet USA’s Richard TORREZ JR, who dominated his semifinal bout against Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV, gaining access to the final as the referee stopped the bout due to an injury of his opponent.

Event schedule and results

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Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Fly (48-51kg)

Women’s Welter (64-69kg)

Men’s Super-Heavy (+91kg)



Day 10, morning session: Japan’s Sena IRIE wins first Tokyo 2020’s Boxing gold

03/08/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Women’s Feather (52-57kg) gold medalist Sena Irie of Team Japan poses with her medal during the Victory Ceremony on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

20-year-old Japanese boxer IRIE Sena won the first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Boxing Olympic Tournament, at the Kokugikan Arena, today. The young Japanese talent prevailed over Nesthy PETECIO of the Philippines in a thrilling Women’s Feather (54-57kg) final match, securing Japan’s first ever gold medal in a women boxing event. The last Japanese boxer to win Olympic gold had been MURATA Ryota (JPN), in the men’s middleweight class, in 2012.

IRIE also became the second-youngest female boxer to claim Olympic gold, after Claressa SHIELDS (USA), who was 19 years when she won the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) in 2012, and the second female boxer to claim an Olympic medal on home soil, after Nicola ADAMS (GBR) in the Women’s Fly (48-52kg) in London (gold).

Speaking after the medal ceremony, the young Japanese boxer said: “By the time I came back to my senses I heard Kimigayo(the national anthem) playing. That’s when I felt like I became the best in the world. It made me tear up. I opened the door of history completely. I have sacrificed this past year to boxing. I don’t even feel like it’s finished.”

IRIE also commented on what this medal means for women’s boxing: “By winning this medal, I hope the media gives more coverage on women’s boxing and the sport expands. People may think women who box are violent and have a rough temper, but I think I proved today that is not the case.”

The silver medal went to Nesthy PETECIO (PHI) who gave the Philippines its first Olympic medal in boxing since 1996 when Mansueto VELASCO (PHI) took silver in the men’s light fly event.

PETECIO claimed the Philippines its second medal of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, following a gold medal won by weightlifter Hidilyn DIAZ (PHI). It is only the second time the Philippines has won multiple medals at a single Olympic Games since 1932.

The Pilipino boxer, expressing her emotions after the match said: “It means a lot to me because I dedicate this win aside from my family, for my country, for my best friend who died last February 13th. Especially I dedicate this win, this medal, to my coaches, especially Nolito VELASCO (PHI). I’ve seen how he sacrificed a lot for this competition, so that’s why I’m emotional. Really emotional because this is an important tournament not [just] for me, but for my country and for my coaches.”

She also wanted to send a message to LGBTQ+ people: “I would like to say this, I am proud to be part of the LGB [community].”

The two bronze medalists on the podium were Italy’s Irma TESTA, who handed Italy its 48th Olympic medal in boxing and its first ever in a women’s event, and Karriss ARTINGSTALL (GBR), who became the second female boxer representing Great Britain to win a medal at the Olympic Games, after Nicola ADAMS who won the Women’s Fly (48-52kg) in 2012 and 2016.

Speaking after the medal ceremony, ARTINGSTALL explained her plans after these Olympic Games: “I’m going to go to Paris [2024]. I do want to turn professional at some point but in the pro game, I’m just not ready for it at the minute. I want to tick all the boxes off as an amateur. I’ve got a world medal, a European medal, now an Olympic medal. I need a Commonwealth medal and a European Games medal, and then I’ll be making my way over to the pro scene.

TESTA expressed her feelings on winning Italy’s 600th medal at the Olympics: “I can only say that I am really proud. For me, it was really important to win a medal in order to make women’s boxing in Italy more popular. So, it’s the first medal ever for women’s boxing [in Italy], and with this medal, I can show young girls in Italy that boxing is also a sport for women and not just men. I think today is proof of that.”

Earlier, during today’s morning session, Ryomei TANAKA (JPN) made once again Japan proud after defeating Olympic Games Rio 2016 silver medallist Yuberjen Herney MARTINEZ RIVAS (COL) in their Men’s Fly (48-52kg) quarterfinal bout.

Right after, the 23-year-old from the Philippines Carlo PAALAM claimed a great victory over Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin ZOIROV. The Pilipino boxer at the end of a fierce match continues his brilliant Olympic path.

Later in the session, in the Men’s Feather (52-75kg) semifinal, Duke RAGAN (USA) and Samuel TAKYI (GHA) put on an impressive show. After a close match, United States of America’s RAGAN clinched a 3:2 split decision victory to reach the final. On the other hand, TAKYI closed can now bring back home in Ghana a memorable bronze medal.

In the following bout, there was another success for the US team: 22-year-old Keyshawn DAVIS triumphed over Gabil MAMEDOV (ROC) by 4:1 points. As a result, DAVIS guaranteed the United States of America their fourth medal in this boxing tournament. Next up for the American boxer is seed #4 Hovhannes BACHKOV of Armenia who was able to secure a spot in the semifinal of the Men’s Light (57-63kg) division (6 August), beating Uzbekistan’s Elnur ABDURAIMOV via a unanimous decision.

Top seed Muslim GADZHIMAGOMEDOV (ROC) keeps going on in the Olympic tournament after defeating the #4 seeded David NYIKA (NZL). The boxer from the Russian Olympic Committee will be on the stage for the Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) final aiming at his first Olympic gold medal.

In the Women’s Light (57-60kg) category, top runner Kellie Anne HARRINGTON (IRL) keeps shining: after today’s victory over Imane KHELIF (ALG) by 5:0 she secured the semifinal match against Sudaporn SEESONDEE (THA). The Thai boxer, after a tight bout against the young British talent Caroline DUBOIS (GBR), came out on top with a close-call 3:2 split decision.

Event schedule and results

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Day 9, afternoon session: Cuban boxers pocket three medals. Japan proud of NAMIKI’s success

01/08/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Arlen Lopez (red) of Team Cuba exchanges punches with Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez of Team Azerbaijan during the Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) semi final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

It was a fascinating Day 9’s afternoon session, at the Kokugikan Arena. The Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament saw the Women’s Fly (48-51kg), Men’s Feather (52-57kg), Men’s Middle (69-75kg), Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) quarterfinals and Men’s Welter (63-69kg) and Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) semifinals.

Cuban boxers definitively stole the show today, by securing three medals to their home country. In the first semifinal of the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) class, Roniel IGLESIAS claimed a unanimous verdict over Andrei ZAMKOVOI (ROC) to book a spot in the final and try to conquer the coveted gold medal. Also his teammate Arlen LOPEZ can keep on chasing the Olympic gold, as he defeated Loren Berto ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ (AZE) in their Light Heavy (75-81kg) semifinal bout, moving one step closer to the highest step of the podium.

“He’s a good boxer because he’s a European champion and we are both boxing at a very high level, so I think it is normal that when you are boxing at such a high level that you can stand a lot of punches,” LOPEZ said about his opponent. “He’s actually one of my countrymen (ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ was indeed born in Cuba) so now he’s competing for another country but he’s also one of us.”

The Cuban boxer, who will fight next in the gold medal match, added: “I think for every athlete in every sport here it is very important to compete for the gold medal. It was a very difficult tournament because we had the pandemic and I was training hard. I’m very happy that I get the chance to compete for the gold medal a second time (he was  middleweight gold medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016) and that is very special to me.”

In the Men’s Feather (52-57kg) class, another Cuban ace, Lazaro ALVAREZ overscored Chatchai-Decha BUTDEE (THA) via a 3:2 split decision victory after a very close match.

Later in the session, Dainier PERO delivered the first disappointment to team Cuba, as he was beaten 4:1 by United States of America’s Richard TORREZ JR in their quarterfinal Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) bout.

Speaking after his performance, TORREZ said: “It’s great but we’re not here for a medal, we’re here for a gold, and that’s my goal. I can’t wait to get off the phone with my dad, tell him what we did.”

“Yes, I’m happy. I know I can go back, and I can almost hang my hat off this but that’s not what I’m here to do. I’ve been a medalist before and medals are great, but I’m not here to be a medalist, I’m here to be a gold medalist. That’s my goal. That’s my ambition.”

TORREZ JR will now have to deal with Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV (KAZ) who was guaranteed a spot in the semifinal after winning today’s match against Ivan VERIASOV (ROC).

This afternoon, the Kokugikan Arena also saw a brilliant success of the home hero NAMIKI Tsukimi of Japan who advances in the semifinal of the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) division owing to a clear 5:0 victory over Ingrit Lorena VALENCIA VICTORIA of Colombia. In the next round, scheduled for August 4, NAMIKI will meet Bulgaria’s Stoyka Zhelyazkova KRASTEVA who prevailed over People’s Republic of China Yuan CHANG by a 4:1 win.

It was a good day also for Russian Olympic Committee’s Albert BATYRGAZIEV who beat Tsendbaatar ERDENEBAT (MLG) in his Men’s Feather (52-57kg) quarterfinal match and now will meet Lazaro ALVAREZ (CUB) in the second semifinal of the division.

Later in the session, two more medalists emerged in the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) quarterfinals. Brazilian boxer Hebert SOUSA, at the end of a fierce battle, came out on top with a close-call 3:2 split decision over Kazakhstan’s Abilkhan AMANKUL. In the semifinal, SOUSA will face BAKSHI Gleb of the Russian Olympic Committee who defeated Darrelle VALSAINT JR with a 5:0 victory.

Tomorrow the Olympic Boxing Tournament will take a break: no bouts will be contested. The action at the Kokugikan Arena will resume on Tuesday 3 August with eighteen additional bouts.

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  

Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Fly (48-51kg)

Men’s Feather (52-57kg)

Men’s Welter (63-69kg)

Men’s Middle (69-75kg)

Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg)

Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg)



Day 8, afternoon session: Japan’s IRIE advances to Women’s Feather final, ROC and CHN granted a Women’s Middle medal

31/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Sena Irie of Team Japan celebrates after winning the bronze medal against Karriss Artingstall of Team Great Britain after the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) semi final on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino – Pool/Getty Images)

Home boxer IRIE “The Crocodile” Sena made Japan proud once again, today, as she beat Great Britain’s Karriss ARTINGSTALL advancing to the gold medal match in the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) weight class.  

Competing on her home turf, the 20-year-old first-time Olympian outdid her opponent with a split decision score of 3:2 points, after leading round one, and then resisting the British’s assaults throughout round two and three. ARTINGSTAL’s journey in Tokyo ends here, but she collects a bronze medal, stepping on the podium at her first Olympic participation.

IRIE said: “It was a very close match but if I had lost in the third round I probably would’ve regretted it for the rest of my life so I made myself stronger in the last match, mentally.”

“After every punch I was able to go past the punches and get a punch in, which is why I was able to win.”

“The opponent was very strong so even though I was guarding, I was being pushed back so I thought that I had lost. But I am really glad to have won.”

“I honestly did not think I would be going to final so I’m really happy to have come this far, and now that I have gone to final, I want to get the gold.”

The Women’s Feather final match will see IRIE going up against Nesthy PETECIO of the Philippines on 3 August, as the Pilipino boxer qualified for the final earlier today, beating Italy’s Irma TESTA.

Two more medallists emerged from the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) quarterfinals, today. Russian Olympic Committee’s Zenfira MAGOMEDALIEVA advanced to the semifinal through a 4:1 victory over Rady Adosinda GRAMANE of Mozambique. The 2019 World and European Champion – competing in her first edition of the Games – is aiming at the tournament’s brightest medal, while is already assured at least a bronze. On the way leading to the gold medal match she will face Rio 2016’s Olympic bronze medallist LI Qian of the People’s Republic of China, as the Chinese athlete served a 5:0 defeat to Pooka RANI of India in today’s quarterfinal.

In the Men’s Fly (48-52kg) weight class, Cuba’s Yosbany VEITIA overscored Ghana’s Tetteh SULEMANU. Seed #3 VEITIA made it look easy, as he defeated his opponent with a clean 5:0 win, moving on to the quarterfinal. There, he will face Galal YAFAI of Great Britain, who clinched a 3:2 victory over Zambia’s Patrick CHINYEMBA.

Saken BIBOSSINOV of Kazakhstan claimed a unanimous decision victory in the last Men’s Flyweight round of 16 bout, upsetting seed #2 Billal BENNAMA of France, who had been one of the main protagonists of the Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier in Paris, earlier this year. Propelled to the quarterfinal, BIBOSSINOV will meet Spain’s Gabriel ESCOBAR MASCUNANO, who took a 4:1 victory on Bulgaria’s Daniel Panev ASENOV.

The Men’s Light (57-63kg) division round of 16 continued this afternoon with another Cuban success, as Andy CRUZ upset Great Britain’s Luke McCORMACK via a 5:0 decision. Wanderson DE OLIVEIRA of Brazil, who had the best of Dzmitry ASANAU of Belarus, will meet him in the quarterfinal. The last Lightweights quarterfinal match will see Zakir SAFIULLIN of Kazakhstan facing Australia’s Harry GARSIDE.

Event schedule and results

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Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Feather (54-57kg)

Women’s Middle (69-75kg)

Men’s Fly (48-51kg)

Men’s Light (57-63kg)



Day 8, morning session: PETECIO advances to the gold-medal match. Testa claims historical bronze for Italy

31/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Nesthy Petecio of Team Philippines celebrates after winning the bronze medal over Irma Testa of Team Italy during the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) semi final on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino – Pool/Getty Images)

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing Tournament’s Day 8 continues at the Kokugikan Arena, with four weight classes going on the ring during the morning session: the Men’s Fly (48-52kg), Men’s Light (57-63kg), Women’s Middle and Women’s Feather (54-57kg).

The first semifinal of the tournament took place this morning, in the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) category. After a tight match, the Pilipino boxer Nesthy PETECIO earned a 4:1 victory over the 2019 European champion Irma TESTA of Italy. PETECIO – in tears as her name was announced as the winner – can now advance to the gold-medal match scheduled for Tuesday 3 August.

“This means so much to me as not only it is my dream, it is my father’s dream. It’s not for me, it’s for my family, my country and for all the people from the Philippines who have prayed for me. I love you; I love you.” The boxer from the Philippines said, commenting on today’s win.

“The coaches gave me a plan and if the first plan did not work then we could change it. She was taller and tried to use that advantage, but I didn’t mind. Inside the ring, we are just the same. I got better and better as the fight went on as I have that spirit.”

On the other side, TESTA collected the first, historical, Olympic medal (bronze) ever won by an Italian female boxer.

“I’m so grateful and happy to be here, to win a medal, and I’m happy to fight with this opponent. She’s a world champion, a big champion, and I’m happy to fight with her,” she said.

The morning session saw Colombia’s Yuberjen Herney MARTINEZ RIVAS fiercely overcoming India’s front runner and #1 seeded AMIT via a 4:1 on points win in the Men’s Fly (48 – 52kg) division. Advancing in the brackets, he will meet the home champion TANAKA Ryomei of Japan who triumphed over the People’s Republic of China’s HU Jianguan.

In the same weight category, the Rio 2016 gold medalist Shakhobidin ZOIROV (UZB) claimed his second 5:0 unanimous verdict in this Olympic tournament, at the expenses of Daniel David VARELA de PINA of Cape Verde.

23-year-old Carlo PAALAM, from the Philippines, put in place an incredible performance over seed #4 Mohamed FLISSI (ALG) and is now a step closer to the Olympic medal. The next opponent on his path will be Uzbekistan’s ZOIROV who will face in the quarterfinal on Tuesday 3 August.

In bout #194, United States of America’s Keyshawn DAVIS dominated his preliminary round of 16 of Men’s Light (57-63kg), outstanding his opponent from France Sofiane OUMIHA as the referee stopped the contest in round 2. Next up for him is Gabil MAMEDOV of the Russian Olympique Committee, who prevailed over Louis Richarno COLIN (MRI).

In the same weight category, Armenian boxer and 2019 European Games champion Hovhannes BACHKOV claimed a 4:1 win over Javid CHALABIYEV (AZE), advancing to the next phase of the tournament where he will square off against Elnur ABDURAIMOV (UZB). The boxer from Uzbekistan and #4 seeded showcased excellent boxing skills to win his bout against Bakhodur USMONOV (TJK), today.

Later in the session, the Kokugikan Arena saw two Women’s Middle (69-75kg) quarterfinal bouts. Top seed Lauren PRICE from Sheffield (GBR) came up with another success owing to a 5:0 victory over Atheyna BYLON of Panama.

Speaking after the win that assures her an Olympic medal, PRICE said:

“It has not really sunk in yet, but this has been my dream since I was an eight-year-old. Just to be an Olympian, let alone (win a) medal.”

“I cannot really put it into words what it means to me yet. I was a bit emotional in the ring as soon as it finished as I knew the decision as we get the scores as we go along.”

“It was kind of hard to hold it in, but it’s been emotional this week as well seeing the whole team medaling. You have kind of got to hold a bit back to concentrate on yourself, but we have got a great team and there are many more medals to come.”

“It just goes to show GB Boxing put the work in, even though the pandemic, and it just goes to show how much they sacrificed and pushed for us. t has just all paid off and we are definitely one of the fittest teams here.”

The British boxer, a 2019 World Champion, will now have to face Nouchka FONTIJN of The Netherlands (on August 6) for a spot into the semifinal.

Boxing will continue in the afternoon session with ten additional bouts to be contested in the Men’s Fly (48-52kg), Men’s Light (57-63kg), Women’s Middle and Women’s Feather (54-57kg) weight classes.

Event schedule and results

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Day 7’s afternoon session produces eight Tokyo 2020 medalists

30/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 30: Roniel Iglesias of Team Cuba celebrates victory over Delante Johnson of Team the United States during the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) quarter final on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eight quarterfinals matches took place this afternoon, at the Kokugikan Arena, producing eight Tokyo 2020 medalists. Two bronze medals are indeed awarded in Olympic boxing, meaning that all athletes who advance to the semifinals are granted at least a medal.

In today’s Women’s Welter (64-69kg) quarterfinals, the 2019 Pan American Games champion Oshae JONES of USA had the best of Maria Altagracia MORONTA HERNANDEZ of the Dominican Republic, giving her a standing countdown 1:30 minutes into round two, and eventually gaining a pass to the semifinal with a 4:0 decision that guarantees the USA at least a bronze medal in this event.

“I’ve thought about winning a medal and had a vision of me standing on the podium. I practise my gold-medal speech every day, so I plan on winning!” Said JONES.

In the next phase of the tournament, the 23-year-old American boxer will go up against GU Hong of the People’s Republic of China, a two-time Asian Champion seeded #2 in this tournament, who beat Mozambique’s Alcinda Helena PANGUANA, today.

Two more Tokyo 2020 medalists emerged from the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) quarterfinals, adding up to Cuba’s and Russian Olympic Committee’s medal tables.

2012 Olympic Champion, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and reigning Pan American Champion Roniel IGLESIAS did not delude the expectations of his fans, today. Leading the match from the first to the last round, he beat USA’s first-time Olympian Delante JOHNSON by unanimous decision. IGLESIAS is now granted at least a bronze, his third medal out of four Olympic editions (in Rio de Janeiro he missed out the podium, finishing in fifth place).

IGLESIAS said: “It is my third medal which is very important but what I really want is to win the gold medal. It is a historic moment for me and for my country, Cuba. I am very happy at this achievement.”

“Many people didn’t believe I would compete in Tokyo,” he continued. “There were some bad moments after I had an injury, but I’ve shown that all the sacrifice and hard work was worth it.”

On his way to the gold medal match, the Cuban athlete will face Seed #2 Andrei ZAMKOVOI of the Russian Olympic Committee, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, who cleared today’s bout against Eskerkhan MADIEV of Georgia with a sharp 5:0 victory.

Rio 2016 Men’s Middleweights Champion Arlen LOPEZ of Cuba stole the show in the Men’s Light-Heavy (75-81kg) quarterfinal, dominating the match against Rogelio ROMERO TORRES of Mexico. The 28-year-old Cuban boxer claimed a 5:0 win with ease, moving on to the semifinal and thus being assured at least a bronze medal.

LOPEZ knows very well the athlete he’s going to meet next, on 1 August: Loren Berto ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ, representing Azerbaijan here in Tokyo, is a Cuban-born boxer. Today, he outscored (5:0) Bayram MALKAN of Turkey, granting a medal to the Azeri team. 

Cuban boxers were in the spotlight also during the Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) weight class quarterfinals, today. Reigning Olympic Champion Julio LA CRUZ of Cuba met Cuban-born – naturalized Spaniard – Enmanuel REYES PLA to decide who was going to advance onto the semifinal and to set foot on Tokyo’s podium. The match turned into a tight duel: the athletes studying each other across round one, and then finishing tied after round two. Round three eventually turned in favor of LA CRUZ, who clinched a 4:1 split decision win thanks to his dodging abilities, and to a series of precise counterpunches landed toward the end of the match.

The Cuban star is now up against Abner TEXEIRA of Brazil, who made it through by crushing the Olympic dream of Jordan’s Hussein IASHAISH (4:1 split decision).

Earlier this afternoon, in the Women’s Light (57-60kg)’s round of 16, 2019 World Champ Beatriz FERREIRA of Brazil claimed a 5:0 win over Chinese Taipei’s WU Shihi-Yi to advance in the tournament. In the quarterfinal match (3 August) she will meet Rayhona KODIROVA of Uzbekistan, who disappointed Naomie YUMBA of the Democratic Republic of Congo via a 5:0 decision. Esra YILDIZ of Turkey collected a unanimous decision, at the expense of the 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist, Argentina’s Dayana Erika Iohann SANCHEZ. Rio 2016’s bronze medalist Mira Marjut Johanna POTKONEN (FIN) was the last confirmed quarterfinalist of the division, as she stunned the 2018 Asian Games gold medalist OH Yeonji (KOR) via a 4:1 victory.

Event schedule and results

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Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Light (57-60kg)

Women’s Welter (63-69kg)

Men’s Welter (63-69kg)

Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg)

Men’s Heavy (81-91kg)



Day 7, morning session: Great Britain, India and Turkey reach the podium

30/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 30: Lovlina Borgohain (red) of Team India celebrates victory over Nien Chin Chen of Team Chinese Taipei during the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) quarter final on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

The action continues at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, where today’s morning session saw boxers stepping on the ring to compete in the Women’s Light (57-60kg), Women’s Welter (64-69kg), Men’s Welter (63-69kg), Men’s Light Heavy (81-91kg) and Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) events.

Top-seeded Pat McCORMACK pulled off a massive upset as he stunned BATUROV Bobo-Usmon of Uzbekistan in the first quarterfinal of the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) division. At the end of a fierce battle, McCORMACK came out on top with a 4:1 split decision. Now guaranteed at least a bronze medal, he moves a step closer to make his dream of winning the Olympic title come true.

“It was a good fight. I got the first two rounds under my belt then got cut in the last round as he was coming in with his head, throwing everything in along with the kitchen sink. But I got through it, got the win, so over the moon.” McCORMACK said. “It feels unbelievable. I’ve always dreamed about getting a medal at the Olympics. But now it’s time to change the color.”

Also, the British boxer was asked if his progression in the tournament has gone as planned:

“Yeah, I feel like I’m getting better each fight. I’m warming into the tournament, and hopefully, I will just keep getting better. Second round I felt unbelievable, was getting into my flow, hitting and moving. That’s the aim of the game, and now I can’t wait to push on in the next fight and get a place in that final.”

The Sunderland-born athlete will now have to deal with 24-year-old Aidan WALSH, from Belfast (IRL), who secured a medal for Ireland winning his quarterfinal bout against CLAIR Merven (MRI).

Later in the session, in the Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) division, Benjamin WHITTAKER (GBR) clinched a significant 3:2 split decision win over Keno MACHADO (BRA) after a very close match.

WHITTAKER, who has been guaranteed at least a bronze medal, said: “It’s a bit weird. I’ve been saying every time I’ve fought that a bronze is nothing, a silver is nothing but when you do get that feeling (of winning a medal), you can’t help it, the emotion came out of me. I was crying, bogies were flying everywhere. I was trying to keep as calm as I could, but I couldn’t help it. I’ve just got to compose myself now as Sunday is when it gets real.”

The British athlete will be joined in the semifinal by Russian Olympic Committee’s Imam KHATAEV who knocked out his Spanish opponent Gazimagomed Scham JALIDOV GAFUROVA in round 3.

Earlier in the session, the first round-of-16 bouts of the Women’s Light (57-60kg) division saw the success of the experienced boxer Kellie Anne HARRINGTON (IRL), who beat 21-year-old Italian athlete Rebecca NICOLI. Ireland’s flagbearer and seed #1 in this tournament put in place an excellent performance and is now up to the Algerian athlete Imane KHELIF who earned a unanimous decision victory against Mariem HOMRANI EP ZAYANI of Tunisia.

Speaking after her match, HARRINGTON expressed her feelings on finally getting to fight at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

“It feels good to get started. We left on the 30 June and now it’s the 30 July. It’s been a month away, so it’s good to get going and in a good way. Happy days. I was getting anxious; it’s been a long wait. It’s sticky and warm, so you’re not really walking around much. You’re seeing your apartment and the food hall. I feel like I’m living in the food hall and for a boxer to say they feel like they’re living in the food hall is something else. This is a great journey, but this is not the destination. This is just part of my journey.”

“It’s a great achievement to be competing at an Olympic Games, but if it happens, it happens. I am more than just a boxer. I am Kellie Anne Harrington. I’m a living person. I have a fantastic family and a great job at home and I’d just like to say hello to everybody at St Vincent’s Hospital. That’s who I am, this is just a part of the journey I’m on in life. It’s not the destination.”

Later into the session, the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Champ Caroline DUBOIS (GBR) showed all her talent against Rashida ELLIS (USA), winning a tight bout with a 3:0 decision.

“It feels good. She is a talented fighter, she is special, she is experienced. She’s a world bronze medalist and I’m a nobody.” The British boxer said after her performance. “I have come up from the youths. I have won nothing and I’m here just trying to prove my worth.”

DUBOIS was asked if opponents seeing her as a ‘nobody’ is a motivation: “It feels like nobody knows me. They all look at Kellie Anne HARRINGTON (IRL) or Rashida as somebody, as special, and they look at me and say, ‘oh, she is just from the youths who only won things at youth level’. But now it’s time to prove my worth.”

“All the boxers are going to be tough and they are going to get harder as I go along, but I think I’m good enough.”

“I’ve earned my place and I’m coming for a gold medal. I don’t want a medal; I want the medal. I want it bad; I want it more than anything I’ve ever wanted in my life.”

Advancing to the next round, the young British boxer will meet Thailand’s Sudaporn SEESONDEE who claimed her second 5:0 victory of the tournament, eliminating Simranjit Kaur BAATTH of India.

In the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) class, two more bronze medals found a home. They are indeed guaranteed to top-seed Busenaz SURMENELI of Turkey (beating Anna LYSENKO of Ukraine) and to India’s Lovlina BORGOHAIN (prevailing on seed #4 4 Nien-Chin CHEN of Chinese Taipei), who both advanced to the quarterfinals. They will meet on the ring of the Kokugikan Arena on Wednesday 4 August.

Two Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) division quarterfinals closed today’s morning session. Muslim GADZHIMAGOMEDOV (ROC) and Ammar Riad ABDULJABBAR (GER) were the first to take the center of the ring. The athlete from the Russian Olympic Committee advanced with a clear 5:0 victory after a high-energy bout. Next up for him will be David NYIKA (NZL), who secured a spot into the semifinals via a brilliant performance and a unanimous decision win over Uladzislau SMIAHLIKAU (BLR).

Starting at 5:00 PM (Japan’s time), Women’s Light (57-60kg) event preliminary rounds of 16 and Women’s Welter (64-69kg), Men’s Welter (63-69kg), Men’s Light Heavy (81-91kg) and Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) division quarterfinals will light up the Kokugikan Arena.

Event schedule and results

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Day 6, afternoon session: Mary KOM stopped at round of 16, hopes to inspire youngsters with her experience

29/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 29: Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte of Team India reacts during the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Luis Robayo – Pool/Getty Images)

India’s national hero Mary KOM did not make it through today’s Women’s Fly (48-51kg) round of 16. Venezuela’s Irismar del Valle CARDOZO ROJAS, seed #3 in this tournament, stopped her via a 3:2 split decision after a tight match.

KOM, a 2012 London Olympics’ bronze medalist, a mother of four and a politician who serves as a member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the parliament of India), earned the nickname “Magnificent Mary” through her numerous victories on the ring. The first Indian female boxer to win an Olympic medal, she is regarded as one of the sport’s greatest, with six World titles, one Asian title, and a total tally of nine World Championship medals on her count.

“Split decision is just a name,” KOM said right after the bout, commenting on her loss. “I have the advantage of experience, but she is young, she is the future. Maybe she can improve a lot. For me, I have been fighting 20 years. It’s easy to count to 20, but when you’ve had that long career, competition, tournament, one or two days with the family, training…It’s not easy.”

Asked on whether she will continue after this tournament, she answered:

“Paris? I don’t know, there is an age limit (40 years old). Maybe it will change, I don’t know. But I’m still strong enough. It’s what’s in your heart and your mind. It’s about if you have the willpower, a strong mentality. Being focused, disciplined. For 20 years all my focus has been on fighting, and I know all my country is with me.”

“I hope there are so many young boxers coming up due to me, but we want more to become champions. Maybe now it is a chance for the youngsters.”

Today’s Women’s Fly (48-51kg) round of 16 also saw the victories of Japan’s NAMIKI Tsukimi (5:0 against Brazil’s Graziele SOUSA), Bulgaria’s Stoyka Zhelyazkova KRASTEVA (5:0 against USA’s Virginia FUCHS) and China’s CHANG Yuan (5:0 against Charley-Sian DAIVSON of Great Britain). They all advanced to the quarterfinals, to be held on 1 August.

The Men’s Super-Heavy (+91kg) round of 16 continued this afternoon. USA’s Richard TORREZ JR beat 5:0 Chouaib BOULOUDINATS of Algeria, and in the quarterfinal (scheduled on 1 August) he will meet Dainier PERO of Cuba, who had the best of Colombia’s Camilo Cristian SALCEDO CODAZI by a landslide 5:0 decision, today.

TORREZ said: “I felt good. I didn’t do everything I wanted to do, but I completed most of the tasks I had. I’d give myself a C+ or a C for that.”

“I’ve had to wait almost a week to get my first fight, while everyone on the men’s side of the tournament won their first fight. I was sitting there, calling my dad, saying, ‘what am I going to do?’, and my dad was saying, ‘don’t worry, you’re going to win too, all you’ve got to do is go out there and perform’. That’s what I did.”

“My opponent today was no joke, everyone is an Olympian, but looking forward I know it will be a tough competition, and I want to be extremely prepared. I want to do my best performance every time.”

In the same weight class, Ivan VERIASOV of the Russian Olympic Committee secured a comfortable 5:0 win over Cameron’s Maxim YEGNONG NJEYO, gaining access to the quarterfinal where he is up to seed #2 Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV of Kazakhstan. 

In the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) round of 16, seed #3 Hebert SOUSA of Brazil stunned China’s Erbieke TOUHETA via a 3:2 split decision, booking a slot in the 1 August’s quarterfinal against Abilkhan AMANKUL (KAZ), who outscored Uzbekistan’s Fanat KAKHRAMONOV with a 5:0 win. 

Darrelle VALSAINT JR of Haiti and Gleb BAKSHI (ROC) also advanced to the category’s quarterfinals, today. They will meet on 1 August after beating David TSHAMA MWENEKABWE (COD) and Troy ISLEY (USA), respectively.

VALSAINT JR said: “It’s an honor to represent Haiti in the Olympics and I am on the verge of making history for my country, as the last time Haiti had a medal was 1928. I believe in myself and I know I can make history.”

Action at the Kokugikan Arena is due to start again tomorrow morning, 30 July, at 11:00 AM (Japan’s time).

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  

Updated Draw Sheets

Men’s Middle (69-75kg)

Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg)

Women’s Fly (48-51kg)



Day 6, morning session: Uzbekistan’s star JALOLOV dominates on his debut in Tokyo

29/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 29: Bakhodir Jalolov (red) of Team Uzbekistan celebrates victory over Mahammad Abdullayev of Team Azerbaijan during the Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino – Pool/Getty Images)

It’s Day 6 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing Tournament. Today, the Kokugikan Arena hosts 22 bouts in three weight classes: the Men’s Middle (69-75kg), Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) and Women’s Fly (48-51kg).

Today’s morning the session was opened by an intense Men’s Middle (69-75kg) match between the top seed Oleksandr KHYZHNIAK (UKR) and the local hero MORIWAKI Yuito (JPN). The Japanese boxer had to bow to the 2019 European Games gold medalist from Ukraine who claimed a unanimous decision victory. In the quarterfinals, KHYZHNIAK will meet Dominican Republic’s Euri CEDENO MARTINEZ, who defeated Francisco Daniel VERON via a 3:2 split decision in order to advance.

The Armenian boxer Arman DARCHINYAN, making his Olympic debut here in Tokyo, passed through the round of 16 beating Andrej CSEMEZ (SVK) with a 5:0 victory. Coming up next for him is seed #4 Eumir MARCIAL of the Philippines, who dominated his bout earning a pretty fast win against Younes NEMOUCHI (ALG) as the referee stops the contest 2:41 into the first round.

“It was over very quickly. It was an accident; he got a cut on a clash of heads and the doctor said it was a big cut, so he stopped the fight.” Said MARCIAL. “I would have liked more fight time as I knew I could relax in that first round. I know I will have to do better in my next fight, and I will prepare for it properly.”

MARCIAL spoke also about his preparation for Tokyo 2020: “I have been training for this since I didn’t make Rio. I’ve worked hard for four years for this moment so I will be ready.”

The Pilipino athlete trained with renowned boxing coach Freddie ROACH (USA) at his gym in Los Angeles, California. “That’s been good, and I learnt a lot of tactics from coach Freddie and his other trainers and I can use that experience in my competition here.” He said. “At the same time, I am very grateful to my national team coaches as for the last month before we came here, they have given me all the support I needed. We’ve trained hard for this, so let’s go!”

Later into the session, the Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) division was on stage at Kokugikan Arena. The top seed and World Champion Bakhodir JALOLOV (UZB) outscored Azerbaijan’s Mahammad ABDULLAYEV, pursuing his dream to become the second boxer from Uzbekistan to claim an Olympic medal in Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) after Rustam SAIDOV (UZB), who took bronze in this event in 2000.

Speaking after the match, JALOLOV said: “My fight was really good. I always think that my first fight will be difficult but this time it was really easy. I hope the next fight will be even easier.”

In bout #147 Satish KUMAR of India put on an impressive performance defeating Ricardo BROWN of Jamaica to enter the quarterfinals. As a result, the JALOLOV – KUMAR match will take place on Sunday, August 1st, and the winner will be guaranteed a medal.

In the following match, the heaviest Super Heavy boxer of the tournament, Frazer CLARKE of Great Britain (119 kg), pulled off a massive upset in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing Tournament as he stunned Tsotne ROGAVA of Ukraine in their round of 16 of the Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) division.

Today’s was CLARKE’s debut in an Olympic tournament, after missing out on London 2012 and Rio 2016:

“It’s a great feeling. Waiting is something I have become very good at, so an extra six days didn’t seem that long, to be honest. I was itching to get in there, and I had to ease back…on the training, I was so keen to let my hands go. But I had a couple of days off before this fight and it served me well, as once I got into the ring I was ready to go.”

The British boxer will now face Mourad ALIEV of France, the number #4 seed in the tournament and a silver medalist of the 2019 European Games, who marched on with a unanimous decision over Siyovush ZUKHUROV (TJK).

Later on in the morning, Women’s Fly (48-51kg) CAKIROGLU Buse Naz (TUR) came out on top with a close 3:2 split decision over RAKHIMOVA Tursunoy (UZB) at the end of a fierce battle. In the next round, the top seed from Turkey will have to deal with 23-year-old Jutamas JITPONG (THA) who showed her fighting qualities against the Pilipino boxer Irish MAGNO, beating her by a clear 5:0.

The Women’s Fly (48-51kg) event continued with Serbia’s Nina RADOVANOVIC claiming her second 5:0 victory of the Olympic tournament, this time over Ornella HAVYARIMANA of Burundi.

In the last action of the morning session, there was disappointment for Italy’s Giordana SORRENTINO as she was beaten on a unanimous decision by the #4 seeded Hsiao-Wen HUANG (TPE) in the round of 16 bout. The boxer from Chinese Taipei will be back on the ring on Sunday, 1 August, against RADOVANOVIC for a chance to enter the semifinals.

The Olympic Boxing Tournament is going forward this afternoon starting at 5:00 PM (Japan’s time) with eleven more exciting boxing performances in Men’s Middle (69-75kg), Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) and Women’s Fly (48-51kg).

Event schedule and results

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Day 5, afternoon session: IRIE secures Japan’s first, historical medal in women’s boxing. ARTINGSTALL lifts Team GB on the podium

28/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 28: Maria Claudia Nechita (red) of Romania exchanges punches with Sena Irie of Japan during the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) quarter final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Frank Franklin – Pool/Getty Images)

Two more medalists emerged from day 5’s afternoon session, in Tokyo, as the last Women’s Feather (54-57kg) quarterfinals took place on the Kokugikan Arena’s ring, today.

Karriss ARTINGSTALL of Great Britain and Japan’s IRIE Sena won their respective quarterfinal bouts, outdoing Australia’s Skye NICOLSON and Romania’s Maria Claudia NECHITA, respectively (both by a 3:2 split decision). Advancing to the semifinals, they are granted at least a bronze medal, along with PETECIO (PHI) and TESTA (ITA) who cleared their quarterfinals earlier today.

ARTINGSTALL and IRIE will now meet on the ring on 31 July, to decide who will move on to the gold medal match, scheduled on 3 August.

IRIE, competing on her home turf here in Tokyo, is guaranteed the first medal in Olympic Games history for Japan by a female boxer. Right after the bout, she said: “This is the result of 13 years’ hard work. I’ve made history, but it is still just a little contribution. I want to do more. Winning gold would be so much bigger.”

“Before the fight, I was getting so much support from my family and friends so I tried to forget I was fighting for a medal as I did not want the extra pressure,” she continued.

“If I had not got the bronze medal at least then I will have been very sad having worked so hard for this. It would not have been easy going back to the Village with the other athletes without a medal.”

IRIE was holding her hands in prayer while she waited for the result, which she took on a split decision (3-2):

“I was really worried before the result, but when I heard I’d won, it is just a great feeling. I would give myself 50 out of 100 for this performance. It will need to be more in the semifinal if I want to win the silver medal. I’ll aim for 100 out of 100.”

ARTINGSTALL said: “I am just over the moon to have got myself on that podium. I just keep grabbing this lion on my chest and I just can’t believe it. Well, I can believe it, obviously, as it’s in front of my eyes, but it’s amazing, I am lost for words.”

“Being an Olympian is the pinnacle of the sport. Getting here is everyone’s dream, isn’t it?” She continued. “But then to medal, and get yourself on that podium….It’s unbelievable and honestly, I can’t put into words what it means to me.”

“This is a tough category,” ARTINGSTALL added. “There are some really good girls in there and if you are not on your A game on the day then you are not getting the win, it’s as simple as that.”

In the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) round of 16, Zenfira MAGOMEDALIEVA (ROC) continued to impress the audience and the judges, as she outscored USA’s Naomi GRAHAM by 4:1 points to move on to the quarterfinal. There, she will face Adosinda Rady GRAMANE of Mozambique, as the 25-year-old first-time Olympian beat Ecuador’s Erika Stefania PACHITO JURADO.

The weight class’ round of 16 continued with a stunning victory recorded by Pooja RANI of India, who smashed Ichrak CHAIB of Algeria gaining a clear 5:0 win to advance to the quarterfinal, where seed #2 LI Qian of the People’s Republic of China is waiting for her after defeating Ireland’s Aoife O’ROURKE by 5:0.

Later today, In the Men’s Feather (52-57kg) round of 16, two-time Olympic bronze medalist Lazaro ALVAREZ of Cuba stunned Iran’s Daniyal SHAHBAKHSH, clearing the first round with ease, and then winning the bout as the referee stopped the contest amid round two. In the quarterfinal (1 August), he will go against Thailand’s Chatchai-Decha BUTDEE, who clinched a 4:1 victory over Argentina’s Mirco Jehel CUELLO. The other Men’s Feather quarterfinal will see Mongolia’s Tsendbaatar ERDENEBAT boxing against seed #2 Albert BATYRGAZIEV of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Today’s afternoon session was closed by the last four Men’s Light-Heavy (75-81kg) weights round of 16’s bouts. Seed #3, Cuba’s Arlen LOPEZ, had the best of Mohammed HUMRI of Algeria, moving on in the tournament. On 30 July, he will meet Mexico’s Rogelito ROMERO TORRESS who grabbed a 4:1 victory over Croatia’s Luka PLANTIC at the end of a tight and fierce duel. The last quarterfinal will see Turkey’s Bayram MALKAN boxing against Azerbaijan’s Loren Berto ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ, after the pair passed through their respective round of 16 bouts, today. MALKAN eliminated Ghana’s Shakul SAMED after giving him a count-down amid round two, while ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ gained a split decision win over Dilshod RUZMETOV of Uzbekistan.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tournament continues tomorrow, with action due to start at 11:00 AM (Japan’s time) at the Kokugikan Arena.

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  

Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Feather (54-57kg)

Women’s Middle (69-75kg)  

Men’s Feather (52-57kg)

Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg)  



Day 5, morning session: PETECIO and TESTA eye the Women’s Feather podium, winning their quarterfinals

28/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 28: Caroline Veyre (red) of Canada exchanges punches with Irma Testa of Italy during the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) quarter final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Frank Franklin – Pool/Getty Images)

It’s day 5 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing Tournament. The Kokugikan Arena’s ring will be the stage of twenty-six bouts through the morning and evening session, with action taking place in the Women’s Feather (54-57kg), Women’s Middle (69-75kg), Men’s Feather (52-57kg) and Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) weight classes.

Today’s morning session kicked off with the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) event quarterfinals. The first to stop on the ring were Philippine’s Nesthy PETECIO and Yeni Marcela ARIAS CASTANEDA (COL). The Pilipino boxer showed great balance in a tense contest to triumph by unanimous decision, advancing to the semifinal and therefore being granted a medal.

PETECIO will hand the Philippines its sixth Olympic boxing medal, its first in a women’s event, and its first since 1996.

“I am so happy for this moment,” PETECIO said right after the bout. “This is my first Olympics and I have won my first medal. I don’t really know how I feel right now. This tournament is proving so special to me; I am just so blessed.”

She will next meet Italy’s Irma TESTA, who won her quarterfinal match against Canada’s Caroline VEIREK by 5:0 points, through a great performance. Also, TESTA is now granted at least a Bronze, as she moves on to the semifinal bout against PETECIO, to take place on Saturday 31 July.

“I am guaranteed a medal which makes me so happy,” TESTA said. “This is going to be the first Italian medal (by a woman) in the history of Olympic boxing. I have worked so hard to achieve this dream. I know what effort I have put into it.”

“But now I want to focus on my next fight as I know she will be a very strong opponent. At the semifinal of an Olympic Games, you know your opponent will be at a very strong level.”

“My goal always was to try and get a medal, but to me, the most important thing, more than the medal, was to have a good performance.”

“I am going up against PETECHIO, who is the world champion, so I know she will be very tough. But when you reach this far in the competition then everyone is a candidate to win.”

In Women’s Middle (69-75kg) category, top-seeded Lauren PRICE from Sheffield (GBR) moved on to the quarterfinals by defeating Myagmarjargal MUNKHBAT of Mongolia in the round of 16. Her next opponent emerged from bout #117, as two-time Olympian Atheyna BYLON (PAN) beat Australia’s Caitlin PARKER.

Later into the session, Tammara THIBEAULT (CAN) convinced the judges, claiming a 4:1 victory over 20-year-old Nadezhda RYABETS. The 2019 World Championship bronze medalist will now face the 2016 Olympic silver medalist Nouchka FONTIJN of the Netherlands, who bested Poland’s Elzbieta WOJCIK in bout #119.

In the Men’s Feather (52-57kg) round of 16, Kurt Anthony WALKER (IRL) outscored the #1 seed Mirazizbek MIRZAKHALILOV (UZB) at the end of a great match.

“I’m over the moon,” said the 26-year-old Irish athlete, commenting on his big win over the top seed. “I really can’t explain it, but I worked on it and I knew it was going to happen. I believed. I knew. I’m not surprised.”

“It’s just brilliant. I never would have thought it before I came, it’s a fairytale. But there is still more work for me to do. I need to recover, go back and get more tactics and hopefully get a medal.”

Next up for WALKER will be United States of America’s Duke RAGAN who dominated the bout against Serik TEMIRZHANOV (KAZ) and impressed all five judges in the last, decisive round.

In bout #122 the young Samuel TAKYI (GHA) stole the show in Men’s Feather (52-57kg) division. The 20-year-old from Ghana – who had qualified through the Boxing Road to Tokyo African qualifier in Dakar (SEN), secured a 5:0 on points victory over Jean Carlos CAICEDO PACHITO (ECU). As he advances in the brackets, he will meet Ceiber David AVILA SEGURA of Colombia, who earned a split decision win over Everisto MULENGA of Zambia.

In Men’s Light-Heavy (75-81kg) class Imam KHATAEV (ROC) moved a step forward to reach the quarterfinals after toppling the top seed and 2019 World Champ Bekzad NURDAULETOV of Kazakhstan.

The following round of 16 bout of the weight category saw Gazimagomed Scham JALIDOV GAFUROVA (ESP) prevailing over Paulo AOKUSO (AUS). The Australian boxer tried his best to attack the Spanish in the final round, but JALIDOV GAFUROVA showed off his defensive skills, protecting his advantage.

Today wasn’t a good one for Daxiang CHEN (CHN) as he was beaten from the Brazilian Keno MACHADO in his last-16 Men’s Light-Heavy (75-81kg) bout. The referee stops the contest 1:41 into the second round. MACHADO, who proceeds to the next round, will be joined by Benjamin WHITTAKER (GBR) who overcame his biggest hurdle so far, as he defeated the #4 seeded Abdelrahman ABDELGAWWAD of Egypt via a 5:0 unanimous decision in order to advance.

Action continues in Tokyo, with the afternoon’s session starting at 5:00 PM (Japan’s time) with thirteen additional bouts among Women’s Feather (54-57kg), Women’s Middle (69-75kg), Men’s Feather (52-57kg) and Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg).

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Day 5, afternoon session: Tokyo welcomes los Cubanos

27/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Julio la Cruz of Cuba reacts after the Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino – Pool/Getty Images)

It’s finally time for los Cubanos to step on the ring, at the Kokugikan Arena, the boxing venue of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Boxing Tournament. A series of favorable BYE in the initial draw meant no Cuban athletes had boxed here yet, delaying the debut of one of the most successful Olympic boxing teams of all times (with a total tally of 73 medals, Cuba is second only to USA’s 114 podiums) until this afternoon.

The 2012 Olympic Champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Roniel IGLESIAS (CUB) had a slow start into his Men’s Welter (63-69kg) match facing Japan’s Sweonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA, the 32-year-old Cuban boxer lost the first round and had to fight hard to claim the second. It was only at the beginning of round #3 that he regained his usual rhythm, controlling his opponents with a series of measured and well-calculated shots, to eventually win a spot in the quarterfinal by a 3:2 split decision.

There, he will meet USA’s first-time Olympian Delante JOHNSON. The 22-year-old boxer from Cleveland, OH, beat Kazakhstan’s Alaikhan ZHUSSUPOV thanks to a 4:1 split decision, to keep his Olympic dream alive.

In the same weight category, Georgia’s Eskerkhan MADIEV outscored Uganda’s Shadiri BWOGI, booking a quarterfinal match against London’s 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Andrei ZAMKOVOI (ROC), who passed through the round of 16 by beating Stephan ZIMBA of Zambia.

In the Men’s Heavy (81-91kg), the 2016 light-heavyweight Olympic Champion Julio LA CRUZ, the second Cuban athlete up on the ring today, administrated his energies throughout the round of 16 bout against Kenia’s Elly Ajowi OCHOLA. LA CRUZ danced around the ring, showcasing his dodging abilities and sharp counterpunches, to secure a 5:0 unanimous decision victory. He’s now up to a fellow Cuban-born athlete, Enmanuel REYES PLA, who represents Spain after being naturalized in 2020. REYES PLA gained his quarterfinal slot by knocking-out Rio 2016 Silver medalist Vassilly LEVIT of Kazakhstan amid round 2, today.

In another highlight Men’s Heavy weight class match, Hussein IASHAISH of Jordan smashed Julio Cesar CASTILLO TORRES of Ecuador, fighting back after a slow start in round one, to win a spot in the quarterfinal by split decision. Born and raised in the refugee camp of Baqa, in Jordan, IASHAISH comes from a family of boxers, which counts fifteen members in the sport. His brother Zeyad Eishaih Hussein EASHASH is also here in Tokyo, and competed in the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) class right until his elimination in the round of 16, earlier this morning.

IASHAISH said: “My brother came to me after his fight and told me he had been unlucky with his defeat, but that I would get the medal for both of us and that my medal is his medal. We can both of us go back together as brothers with a medal.”

“Right now, I am so happy,” he added. “I knew I was fighting a very tough opponent, the third-ranked boxer here. I knew how he fights, but I just stuck to the tactics my coaches gave me hoping I would beat him.”

In the quarterfinals, the Jordan athlete will face Brazil’s Abner TEIXEIRA who eliminated Great Britain’s Cheavon CLARKE, today.

In the Women’s Light (57-60kg) round of 32, Chinese Taipei’s Shih-Yi WU had the best of Sweden’s Agnes ALEXIUSSON, winning on points with a 4:1 split decision, while Mira Marjut Johanna POTKONEN of Finland clinched a 3:1 victory over Maiva HAMADOUCHE of France.

Closing day 4 at the Kokugikan Arena, the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) round of 16 saw the victories of Oshae JONES of USA (3:2 against Mexico’s Brianda Tamara CRUZ SANDOVAL) and Maria Altagracia MORONTA HERNANDEZ of the Dominican Republic (5:0 against Myriam DA SILVA of Canada). Alcinda Helena PANGUANA (MOZ) also advanced to the quarterfinals, outdoing Elizabeth AKINYI of Kenia as the referee stopped the contest amid round #2.

The two-time Asian Championship winner and #2 seed in this tournament GU Hong of the People’s Republic of China gained the last quarterfinal slot, as she defeated Thailand’s 19-year-old Baison MANIKON by unanimous decision, in the last bout of the day.

Tomorrow, 28 July, action is set to begin at 11:00 AM (Japan’s time) here in Tokyo, with the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) quarterfinals and the Women’s Middle (69-75kg), Men’s Feather (52-57kg), Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) round of 16 bouts on the schedule.

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Updated Draw Sheets

Men’s Welter (63-69kg)

Men’s Heavy (81-91kg)

Women’s Light (57-60kg)

Women’s Welter (64-69kg)



Day 4, morning session: “This is where dreams are made of or broke”

27/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Caroline Dubois of Great Britain reacts after of the Women’s Light (57-60kg) on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Boxing Tournament continues today, with Sessions #7 and #8 taking place at the Kokugikan Arena and twenty-seven bouts scheduled in four weight classes: Men’s Welter (63-69kg), Men’s Heavy (81-91kg), Women’s Light (57-60kg) and Women’s Welter (64-69kg).

Round of 16 in the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) started off with the 2019 World Championships silver medalist Pat McCORMACK (GBR) pulling off a massive upset in the Tokyo 2020 Boxing Olympic Tournament as he stunned Aliaksandr RADZIONAU (BLR).

After his victory in his opening bout, he had said: “It was a good one to get out of the way. He is a decent fighter, messy, but I just hit, turned him. I had to be careful as he was being a bit devious with his head but I’m through to the next round.”

The top seed owing to today’s unanimous decision victory smoothly lands to the quarterfinals. To join him here the 2019 Asian Games Champion Bobo-Usmon BATUROV of Uzbekistan who earned a three-round hard-fought but well-deserved split decision win over Rohan POLANCO EMILIANO (DOM).

McCORMACK, watching his next opponent on television after his bout, commented: “Yeah, I saw him just win the first round. He is a good fighter but if I’m on my game then I will beat him.”

The British boxer, who will turn professional after the Games also added: “Winning the Olympic gold medal, I don’t think there is a bigger prize in sport. I have dreamed of that since I watched Anthony JOSHUA and Luke CAMPBELL winning and I thought, if I get there then I can do that. After this, it’s the end of the amateurs and onto the pros and the next chapter. Can’t wait.”

Later on, Aidan WALSH (IRL) made his Olympic debut, taking on Cameroon’s Albert MENGUE AYISSI in the last 16 of the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) weight class. The Belfast’s boxer marched on with a unanimous points victory. Therefore, the Walsh family still have the chance for a medal, after yesterday’s defeat of Aidan elder sister Michaela. Next up for him will be Merven CLAIR (MRI), who earned a marvellous split decision win over #4 seeded Zeyad Eishaih Hussein EASHASH (JOR).

The boxer from Mauritius, who is one win away from an Olympic medal, said: “Winning an Olympic medal would mean everything to me, but also having had the chance to represent my country here is a great accomplishment. That’s what I have been dreaming about and thinking about for so long. When the pandemic hit, we still trained hard and that’s the reason I’m here today. I’m really enjoying this experience. I feel really good.”

The first Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) bout of the day saw #1 seeded Muslim GADZHIMAGOMEDOV (ROC) outstanding Algeria’s Abdelhafid BENCHABLA with a clear, unanimous decision win. On Friday 30 July, the Russian Olympic Committee’s boxer will have to deal with Ammar Riad ABDULJABBAR of Germany who came out on top from his contest against Jose Maria LUCAR JAIMES (PER).

In the same weight category, Uladzislau SMIAHLIKAU (BLR) advances in the tournament after clinching a split decision win over Ato Leau PLODZICKI-FAOAGALI of Samoa. Coming up next for him it’s seed #4 David NYIKA from New Zealand, who fully comfortably controlled his match today, beating the 2019 Africa Games silver medalist Youness BAALLA (MAR) by 5:0.

Speaking after the match, NYIKA said: “I did everything that I was hoping to do. The execution was up to par so I’m happy with that. I know that the game plan we put together was exactly what it needed to be. I’m pretty confident in my abilities and it’s great to use some of the fight analysis stuff we’ve done, getting an idea of who I’m fighting, so I can prepare for the fight.” 

Later in the session, Women’s Light (57-60kg) Rebecca NICOLI (ITA) sealed her first victory in the Olympic tournament at the end of a fierce duel against the Mexican Esmeralda FALCON REYES. The Italian athlete came out on top with a close-call 3:2 split decision in the third round. She secured a spot in the next round where seed #1 Kellie Anne HARRINGTON (IRL) is waiting for her.

Today’s turned into a successful Olympic debut also for the 2018 Youth Olympic Champion Caroline DUBOIS (GBR) who ruled her preliminary round against Donjeta SADIKU of Kosovo. The British boxer, awarded by the BBC as Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2019, moves on in the brackets and will face USA’s Rashida ELLIS on Friday 30 July.

“The fight went as planned. We knew she was a tough opponent and she would try and make it as messy and scrappy as possible. She is older and has more experience than me and has fought at a major level. She has been to worlds, Europeans, so she has fought the best. I knew she was going to be tough and she wanted it just as bad as me and it was going to be a battle of wills.” – DUBOIS said.

Later in the morning, the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) event, top seed Busenaz SURMENELI (TUR) shutout winning (5:0) pushes her into the last eight, where she will face Ukraine’s Anna LYSENKO on Friday.

There was a disappointment, instead, for Nadine APETZ (GER) as she was beaten by unanimous decision by India’s Lovlina BORGOHAIN in her last-16 Women’s Welter (64-69kg) bout.

BORGOHAIN next opponent emerged from the last bout of the session, won by seed #4 Nien-Chin CHEN (TPE), who disappointed Angela CARINI (ITA) with a close-call 3-2 split decision after a tight match.

Thirteen additional bouts will light up the afternoon at the Kokugikan Arena. Action will start at 5:00 pm with four weight divisions on the ring: Men’s Welter (63-69kg), Men’s Heavy (81-91kg), Women’s Light (57-60kg) and Women’s Welter (64-69kg).

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Day 3, afternoon session: “everybody wants to get gold”

26/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 26: Jucielen Romeu (L) of Brazil exchanges punches with Karriss Artingstall of Great Britain during the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing Tournament’s day 3 continued this afternoon, with the second session of the day starting at 5.00 PM (Japan’s time). 

A tight Men’s Fly (48-52kg) preliminary contest opened the session: 20-years-old Patrick CHINYEMBA (ZAM) clinched a split decision victory against Australia’s Alex WINWOOD. The young boxer from Zambia is now up to Birmingham-born Galal YAFAI (GBR), who ruled his bout against Koryun SOGHOMONYAN (ARM) right to minute 1:54 into round 3 when the referee stopped the contest giving him the victory.

YAFAI said: “It was a comfortable win. I fought him a few weeks ago in the European Olympic qualifier and managed to beat him comfortably there. I knew he would come for it more this time and he did, but I was ready.”

“I was controlling the fight, but he was catching me with some silly shots. Maybe it was because I beat him recently, but no excuse, I have got to work on my defence.” – the British boxer added. “I love to represent my country in what I’m doing. I’m at a second Olympic Games and hopefully, it will be even better this time and I win a medal.”

In the following bout, Daniel Panev ASENOV of Bulgaria produced an excellent performance claiming a victory by unanimous decision over Cosmin-Petre GIRLEANU (ROU). In his next match, ASENOV will meet Madrid’s Gabriel ESCOBAR MASCUNANO (ESP), who took centre stage in his Men’s Fly (48-52kg) bout, securing a comfortable 5:0 win against Argentina’s Nicaon Ramon QUIROGA. Saken BIBOSSINOV (KAZ) outscored Yankiel RIVERA FIGUEROA from Puerto Rico and moved to the round of 16 where he will have to answer to #2 seeded Billal BENNAMA (FRA).  

In the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) class, the all-African duel between Democratic Republic of the Congo’s David TSHAMA MWENEKABWE and Cameron’s Dieudonne Wilfred SEYI NTSENGUE started off in favor of the latter, who won 4:1 and 3:2 the first two rounds. But TSHAMA MWENEKABWE fought back furiously in round three, turning the tables of the match in his favor. Scoring a series of fast, precise, and powerful punches, the 24-year-old boxer secured five 10s, claiming an overall victory by split decision to advance to the round of 16.

In the same weight class, four unanimous decisions decided the remaining round of 32 bouts: Algeria’s Younes NEMOUCHI outscored Uganda’s Kavuama David SSEMUJJU; Erbieke TUOHETA of the People’s Republic of China beat Ashish KUMAR of India; powerhouse Uzbekistan celebrated another victory as Fanat KAKHRAMONOV sealed a win against Georgia’s Giorgi KHARABADZE, and USA’s Troy ISLEY disappointed Belarus’ Vitali BANDARENKA.

In the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) weight class, Karriss ARTINGSTALL of Great Britain continued to advance in the tournament, claiming her second consecutive 5:0 victory here in Tokyo, besting her opponents Jucielen ROMEU of Brazil, who was seeded third in this tournament.

ARTINGSTALL said: “I said I’d get better as the tournament went on and I think I performed better in the bout than I did in the first one.”

“Seeds mean absolutely nothing to me, it’s a number,” she added. “One, twos, threes, whatever you want to call yourself; until you get in that ring with me and beat me, I’m not going to say you’re better than me or you box better than me.”

The British athlete also commented on being able to compete here in Tokyo: “It’s amazing, the arena, the atmosphere. I know that the hall is empty but I’m still enjoying it. There’s a buzz and I think it’s just because the team is absolutely flying. We’re all on form, we’re all enjoying it as it’s the Olympics, after all, and we’re making the most of them.”

In the quarter-final (on 28 July), she will face Australia’s Skye NICOLSON, who won today’s bout against Keamogetse Sadie KENOSI of Botswana by a 4:1 split decision.

“I am taking every fight as it comes,” continued the British athlete. “But I want to get myself on that podium and I want my face cemented on that wall in Sheffield at boxing HQ so they can look at my face for the rest of their lives. Everybody wants to get gold.”

Romania’s Maria Claudia NECHITA of Romania and Japan’s IRIE Sena also won their respective bouts and will meet in the quarterfinals.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing, which sees 289 athletes (187 men and 102 women) from 81 delegations competing at the Kokugikan Arena, will continue tomorrow, with action set to begin at 11.00 AM (Japan’s time).

Event schedule and results

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Updated draw sheets

Men’s Fly (48-52kg)

Men’s Middle (69-75kg)

Women’s Feather (54-57kg)



Boxing continues at Tokyo 2020: morning session’s wrap-up

26/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 26: Seyedshahin Mousavi (L) of Iran exchanges punches with Yuito Moriwaki of Japan during the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Day 3 of the Olympic Boxing Tournament has started in the capital of Japan. Twenty-six bouts are scheduled for today at the Kokugikan Arena, in the Men’s Fly (48-52kg), Men’s Middle (69-75kg) and Women’s Feather (54-57kg) weight classes.

Session number 5 of the Olympic Tournament kicked off this morning with a sensational victory of Colombia’s 29-years-old Yuberjen Herney MARTINEZ RIVAS, who beat Rajab Otukile MAHOMMED of Botswana. He secured a place in the round of 16 of the Men’s Flyweight division, where he will meet seed #1 AMIT (IND).

In the following bout, People’s Republic of China’s Jianguan HU impressed all the five judges, winning his bout against Georgia’s Sakhil ALAKHVERDOVI by unanimous decision. Next Saturday he will have to deal with Ryomei TANAKA of Japan, who dominated his bout claiming a 5:0 victory against Yoel FINOL RIVAS, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist.

TAKANA said: “I knew he was the silver medalist for the Rio Olympic Games. He is tall, too. His weapon is a left straight (punch). My weapon is also left straight. Having the same strength, I wanted to win that.”

Speaking about his preparation for the Games, he added: ” I went back to the beginner’s mentality that I can never lose. I have spent this past year telling myself I am definitely winning the fights.”

Later in the morning, the 2019 flyweight World Champion Shakhobidin ZOIROV of Uzbekistan showcased his skills by controlling his round of 32 bout from start to finish, obtaining a unanimous decision victory over Batuhan CIFTCI (TUR).

In the Men’s Fly (48-52kg) weight category, 23- years-old Carlo PAALAM (PHI) advanced in the brackets, showing smart tactical play and terrific energy against Ireland’s Brendan IRVINE. In the same weight class, Tetteh SULEMANU (GHA) expressed his talent outdoing Rodrigo MARTE de la ROSA (DOM).

The Men’s Middle (69-75kg) event saw Yuito MORIWAKI, representing Japan, playing a good opening bout against Iran’s Seyedshahin MOUSAVI. Both athletes showed excellent skills, but it was the Japanese boxer who managed to seal the victory in the third round.

Right after the victory, MORIWAKI said: “I lost to him last year, so the concept was ‘revenge’. I am glad I could achieve that.”

“From last year I felt that he was a very aggressive fighter. So today I decided not to entertain it, and just performed my boxing.”

Then, commenting about being able to compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, he added: “I was able to come here mostly because of the support from people around me. I will not forget gratitude for them and do my best.”

Ukraine’s Oleksandr KHYZHNIAK, seeded #1 in this tournament, will be his opponent in the next bout on the schedule, on Thursday 29 July.

In preliminary bout #64 Francisco Daniel VERON from Argentina, owing to a unanimous decision victory over Adam CHARTOI (SWE), secured a spot in the round of 16 where he’s going to meet Euri CEDENO MARTINEZ (DOM). The Dominican Republic’s boxer advanced in the brackets as the referee stopped his bout against Eldric SELLA RODRIGUEZ of the Refugee Olympic Team.

Later into the session, Andrej CSEMEZ (SVK) overcame Aaron Solomon PRINCE (TTO) to win his first bout here in Tokyo.

In the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) class, Nesthy PETECIO (PHI) clinched a victory on points against the #1 seeded LIN Yu-Ting (TPE). The Pilipino boxer lost the second round, giving then all in the third section of the bout, to gain a memorable victory. She’s now through to the quarterfinals. Joining her there, Yeni Marcela ARIAS CASTANEDA of Colombia and Canada’s Caroline VEYRE who won their respective bouts to advance in the tournament.

A spectacular bout between Irma TESTA (ITA) and Michaela WALSH (IRL) closed today’s morning session. The Italian from Torre Annunziata showed a brilliant performance against the #4 seeded from Ireland, securing an unanimous decision. Now she advances to the quarterfinals and can continue his quest for the Olympic glory.

Another Olympic Boxing session is about to start at the Kokugikan Arena, this afternoon. Thirteen more bouts in Men’s Fly (48-52kg), Men’s Middle (69-75kg) and Women’s Feather (54-57kg) classes will be contested from 5:00 pm (Japan local time).

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Tokyo 2020 day 2: Mary KOM advances in the brackets, Refugee Olympic Team debuts at the Kokugikan Arena

25/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 25: Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte (L) of India exchanges punches with Miguelina Hernandez Garcia of Dominican Republic during the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Luis Robayo – Pool/Getty Images)

India’s national hero Mary KOM started-off her Tokyo 2020 campaign by securing a victory against Miguelina Hernandez GARCIA of the Dominican Republic, in the Women’s Fly (48-52kg) round of 32 bout that opened today’s evening session.

The London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and six-time world champion passed through the bout thanks to a 4:1 split decision, advancing to the round of 16 where she will face #3 seeded Ingrit Lorena VALENCIA VICTORIA of Colombia – the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist – in a high-profile match.

Mary KOM said: “It has been very painful the last couple of years, for everybody because of the pandemic and everything shut down. We are all suffering the same problem and every athlete has to train at home, but for us boxers we need a training partner. I’m so lucky where I live in Delhi that I could set up a little gym with equipment and a bag, but the only thing missing was a sparring partner which is the most important for the eye contact and everything.”

“I have been training hard to make the fitness level and I am still learning the sport. I have a lot of experience, I have been fighting almost 20 years and it is not easy.”

“I have all the medals in my hand. Olympic medal (bronze) from 2012, Commonwealth Games gold, six-time gold at world championships. It’s not easy to count them, but the difficult part is continuously winning and performing, it’s not easy,” she added, commenting on what is driving her on after such a long career. 

“What is left that is still not in my hand, that’s the Olympic gold medal,” she continued. “That is what is driving me and pushing me to carry on. I am trying my best, if I am able to get it then I will be so grateful, but if not then I will still be so happy for all the medals I have won in the past.”

Later into the session, Charley-Sian DAVISON of Great Britain smashed Rabab CHEDDAR of Morocco, with a landslide unanimous victory on points. Coming in next, she will face seed #2 CHANG Yuan of the People’s Republic of China, on 29 July. 

The British athlete said: “I know a lot of people were watching me as this is such a big event, but I performed well.”

Asked what inspired her to return to boxing after having three children, she said:

“After I had my eldest, I watched the 2012 Olympics on the television. Watching Nicola ADAMS (GBR) and all the rest of them boxing, I always had the bug there and wanted to get back into the gym. That drove me back into it really. A few of my teammates at the club were training, and seeing them on social media really made me want to go back in the gym again.”

DAVIS only rejoined the Great Britain Olympic Programme in 2020. “I didn’t expect to get my shot so soon,” she commented. “I didn’t expect to be in this situation.”

Advancing in the brackets, she could end up meeting mother-of-four Mary KOM, who is in her half of the draw.

“We were taking about that earlier,” said DAVIS. “What a fight that would be, the ‘Battle of the Super Mums’. I’d love that! I know her background, and she is a brilliant athlete who has done so well in the sport. She was the first one to do it as a mum, so I’m basically following on from her.”

In the same division, Japan’s NAMIKI Tsukimi, competing on her home turf against Catherine NANZIRI of Uganda, claimed the victory by unanimous decision, and will meet Graziele SOUSA of Brazil in the round of 16 on 29 July.

USA’s well experience flyweight boxer, 33-year-old Virginia FUCHS, secured a spot in the round of 16 as well, disappointing 26-year-old Svetlana SURUIANOVA (ROC). The American athlete is now up for a match against Bulgaria’s Stoyka Zhelyazkova KRASTEVA, who eliminated NGUYEN Thi Tam of Vietnam on points by split decision.

In the Men’s Light (57-63kg) weight class, seed #4 Elnur ABDURAIMOV of Uzbekistan beat Mongolia’s Chinzorig BAATARSUKH, while Great Britain’s Luke McCormack beat India’s Manish KAUSHIK (both with a split decision), to advance to the round of 16.

Later today, the Refugee Olympic Team made its debut at the Kokugikan Arena, as Wessam SALAMANA met Brazil’s Wanderson DE OLIVEIRA. The 35-year-old athlete – who represented Syria at the 2012 Olympics, and now lives in Germany after taking the difficult decision to flee his country for the safety of his family – did not make it through the round of 32, as his Brazilian opponent nailed the victory by unanimous decision.

Zakir SAFIULLIN of Kazakhstan had the best of Peru’s Leodan PEZO SABOYA, while Japan’s Daisuke NARIMATSU left no chances to Fiston MBAYA MULUMBA of the Democratic Republic of Congo, both winning on points by unanimous decision.

Harry GARSIDE of Australia won the last Men’s Light (57-63kg) bout of the day, eliminating John UME of Papua New Guinea to book a spot in the round of 16 bout against seed #2 Jonas JONAS of Namibia, to be held on 31 July.

Mohammed HOUMRI of Algeria made it through Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) round of 32 as he beat Venezuela’s Nalek KORBAJ BARRERA by split decision. He is now up to Arlen LOPEZ of Cuba, seeded #3 here in Tokyo: the two will meet on 28 July.

In the same weight category, Luka PLANTIC of Croatia beat Odai Riyad Adel ALHINDAWI of Jordan at the end of one of the most intense bouts of the day. The two athletes finished the second round tied, and it was only throughout the third round that PLANTIC was able to prevail with a series of furious but precise punches, clinching a narrow victory by a 3:2 split decision to move ahead in the tournament. On 28 July, he will box Rogelio ROMERO TORRES of Mexico.

Uzbekistan’s Dilshod RUZMETOV won the last bout of the day, prevailing on Ireland’s Emmet BRENNAN by unanimous decision.

The Olympic Boxing Tournament will continue tomorrow (26 July) at the Kokugikan Arena with twenty-six bouts in three weight divisions: Men’s Fly (48-52kg), Men’s Middle (69-75kg) and Women’s Feather (54-57kg).

Event schedule and results

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Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Fly (48-51kg)

Men’s Light (57-63kg)

Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg)



Tokyo 2020 day 2: fourteen bouts contested during today’s first session

25/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 25: Enrico Lacruz (R) of the Netherlands exchanges punches with Keyshawn David of the United States during the Men’s Light (57-63kg) on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing tournament continues today at the Kukugikan Arena. Two sessions and twenty-nine preliminary bouts in three weight categories will light up day 2 of competitions.

In the first session of the day, Uzbekistan’s Tursunoy RAKHIMOVA won by split decision against Sandra DRABIK of Poland in their Women’s Fly (48-51kg) round of 32 bout. In the same weight category, Irish MAGNO from Philippines beat Kenia’s Christine ONGARE winning the bout by unanimous decision.

ONGARE, who was competing in her first Olympics, shared her thoughts speaking right after the match:

“I have achieved a dream just to get here. I did not get everything I wanted, which was to win, but you can’t always get everything you want I am still very grateful as now when people look at the list of Kenya’s Olympians, I will be one of them.”

“The fight went OK. I gave my all, but I was facing a very good boxer.”

The Women’s Fly (48-51kg) event continued with Thailand’s JITPONG Jutamas, Serbia’s Nina RADOVANOVIC and Italy’s Giordana SORRENTINO earning the winning score in their respective bouts to advance in the tournament.

In the Men’s Light (57-63kg) event Keyshawn DAVIS (USA) showed his fighting qualities against Enrico LACRUZ of The Netherlands to reach the round of 16. The 22-year-old American athlete can keep on chasing his dream to become the youngest Olympic Champion in this event since 1992, when Oscar DE LA HOYA (USA) won gold at the age of 19.

“I feel great, I got a unanimous decision on my Olympic debut. I felt like I could have given more, but I did what I had to do.” DAVIS said after the win. “In my previous competitions, especially in the amateurs, each day I got better and better, got more in the groove. Today was just the start and there is more to come.”

Competing in the same weight class, Louise Richarno COLIN (MRI) clinched a split decision victory against Abdelhaq NADIR of Morocco, propelling ahead in the brackets. He’s now up to Gabil MAMEDOV of the Russian Olympic Committee, who outscored Poland’s Damia Durkacz earlier today. Hovhannes BACHKOV (ARM) and Jabid CHALABIYEV (AZE) won their respective bouts, and will meet in their next bout, in the round of 16.

Imam KHATAEV (ROC) stole the show in the Light Heavy (75-81kg) division, as he clearly beat the Moroccan Mohamed ASSAGHIR by referee stops contest 1:30 into round 3, after leading the first two rounds. He will meet #1 seeded in the tournament, Kazakhstan’s Bekzad NURDAULETOV in the round of 16, on 28 of July.

In the last fights of the sessions, Daxian CHEN (CHN) and 2019 World Championship bronze medalist Benjamin WHITTAKER (GBR) snatched two split decision victories, moving on to the round of 16.

Action continues in Tokyo: the evening session at the Kokugikan Arena starts at 5:00 pm (Japan local time) with fifteen more bouts to be contested.

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.



Action begins in Tokyo: 27 bouts contested on Day 1 of the Olympic Boxing Tournament

24/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 24: Kurt Anthony Walker of Team Ireland exchanges punches with Jose Quiles Brotons of Spain during the Men’s Feather (52-57kg) preliminary round of 32 on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Twenty-seven bouts took place on day 1 of the Tokyo 2020 Boxing tournament, held at the Kokugikan Arena. Boxers competed in the Women’s Feather (54-57kg), Women’s Welter (64-69kg), Men’s Feather (52-57kg), Men’s Welter (63-69kg), Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) and Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) weight classes. Both Women’s event made their debut in the Olympic program, today.

Women’s Feather (54-57kg) reigning world champion Nesthy PETECIO (PHI) won today’s opening bout, defeating Marcelat SAKOBI MATSHU of the Democratic Republic of Congo by unanimous decision.

Speaking right after her victory, the 29-years-old boxer from the Philippines said:

“The fight went great and I feel really happy. It is good to get the first fight out of the way. This is my first Olympics but there are mixed emotions really. I want to enjoy it but I know I need to improve.”

She will face the #1 seeded LIN Yu-Ting (TPE) in the next round, on Monday 26 July.

“I know Yu-Ting very well, we have fought before. But it’s a fight I am very excited about. I know she also will have been looking at facing me in the draw so it will be a great fight.” PETECIO commented.

Nikolina CACIC (CRO), Irma TESTA (ITA), Karriss ARTINGSTALL (GBR) and IRIE Sena (JPN) won their respective bout, advancing in the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) category.

Japan’s SENA, who beat Yamileth SOLORZANO (ESA) to move on in the brackets, said:

“Boxing is a minor sport in Japan, but it would mean so much for the sport and for me to win a gold medal. It’s hard to say it in words. But I have been training for this moment for 13 years and winning gold is what I have been dreaming about all that time.”

ARTINGSTALL (GBR), who defeated Botswana’s Keamogetse Sadie KENOSI by unanimous decision, said:

“It’s not my best performance at all, I wouldn’t even rate it over a six. I’m usually fast feet, fast hands, pinging them left, right and center, and making it hard for them to land a shot on me. It’s easier that way, you don’t come out with any bruises at the end of it, but I (have) just done what I had to do. I ground it through, did what I could do to get the win. I’ll warm up throughout the tournament, and you’ll definitely see better performances from me.”

In the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) event, Karolina KOSZEWSKA (POL) and Baison MANIKON (THA) won their respective bouts to advance in the tournament.

United States of America’s Duke RAGAN delivered a convincing performance in the Men’s Feather (52-57kg) event, beating Samuel KISTOHURRY of France in their round of 32 bout.

“It feels great. It’s obviously a dream come true,” the American boxer said. “Even when I’d turned professional, I thought my Olympics dream was over, so to be able to come back, it means a lot to me, so hopefully I get a chance to fight at gold and win gold.”

In the same weight category, Kurt Anthony WALKER of Ireland claimed victory on points over Jose QUILES BROTONS of Spain, after a difficult second round.

“I thought I had done enough. I was dominant in the first and third rounds. In the second he gave his all but then he had nothing left for the third,” the Irish boxer explained.

“I had to dig deep, but that’s a great first fight for me,” he added.

In the next round, he will have to deal with the #1 seeded Mirazizbek MIRZAKHALILOV (UZB).

“He’s got two arms and two legs like myself, so it doesn’t bother me. If you want to be the best then you have to beat the best,” WALKER said about the world champion from Uzbekistan. “I’m fighting at the Olympics which is more than I thought I’d be doing last year so I’m happy.”

Bout #12 was dominated by the Men’s Welterweight (63-69kg) boxer Merven CLAIR (MRI), who won over Wyatt SANFORD of Canada by unanimous decision.

“In Rio I was too small for the 75Kg (category) so I decided to go back to 69Kg, and I feel a lot better, I feel great now.” Mauritius’ boxer said. Five years ago, while competing in Rio de Janeiro, he had lost his very first bout into the tournament.

“Right now, I am ranked seventh in the world and #1 in Africa,” he added. “Even though I have not boxed for more than one year as my country was locked down, I’m satisfied with the performance.”

“I know there are things I need to correct before my next fight. But I’ve a great coach and he pressures us a lot to get better. I dedicate this, my first victory at an Olympic Games, to my coach.”

“Now I can focus on my next fight. I want to get to the semi-finals as I really want a medal to take back home to my family.”

In the following bout, the last of today’s Session 1, Algeria’s Abdelhafid BENCHABLA outscored Uzbekistan’s Sanjar TURSUNOV in the only Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) bout being held today.

In the last fight of the day, it was Azerbaijan’s Mahammad ABDULLAYEV who made it through the Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) event round of 32, by winning on points against Bahrain’s Danis LATYPOV.

The action will continue tomorrow with two sessions and 29 more preliminaries bouts in three weight categories: Women’s Fly (48-51kg), Men’s Light (57-63kg) and Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg).

Updated Draw Sheets

Women’s Feather (54-57kg)

Women’s Welter (64-69kg)

Men’s Feather (52-57kg)

Men’s Welter (63-69kg)

Men’s Heavy (81-91kg)

Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg)

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  



Tokyo 2020 Boxing tournament kicks-off at the Kokugikan Arena

24/07/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – FEBRUARY 27: A general view of the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena. The historic Sumo wrestling venue will host the Boxing competitions during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on February 27, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing tournament kicks off today at the Kokugikan Arena, an indoor sporting venue widely recognized as the spiritual home of the Japanese national sport of Sumo wrestling. There, 276 bouts will be contested in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events) from 24 July through 8 August.

Today, two sessions and twenty-seven bouts will be contested, in the Women’s Feather (54-57kg), Women’s Welter (64-69kg), Men’s Feather (52-57kg), Men’s Welter (63-69kg), Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) and Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) weight classes (find the Draw sheets here).

Both Women’s events scheduled for today will make their Olympic debut on the ring of the Kukugikan Arena.

Women’s Feather reigning world champion Nesthy PETECIO (PHI) will be the first to get on the ring today, hoping to win the maiden Olympic gold medal. PETECIO can potentially hand Philippines its sixth Olympic boxing medal and its first in a women’s event. The most recent boxer representing Philippines to collect an Olympic medal was Mansueto VELASCO (PHI, silver) in the men’s light flyweight in 1996.

As in Rio, professionals will face amateurs here in Tokyo. “It’s a great initiative to involve the professional boxers in the Olympic Games,” said heavyweight David NYIKA (NZL), during yesterday’s IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) press conference. “It gets rid of some of the stigma around professional versus amateur boxing. I have boxed as a professional-amateur for seven years now and I don’t feel like there are many professionals that can beat me over three rounds. It just goes to show how hard athletes in amateur boxing work to get to this level.”

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  



IOC BTF introduced to international media at Tokyo 2020 Press Conference

23/07/2021

The IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) took the opportunity to explain the journey that brought 289 boxers from 81 delegations to Tokyo 2020 during a press conference held at Main Press Centre, earlier today in Tokyo.

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell, the Chair of the IOC Boxing Task Force Watanabe Morinari, and the Head of IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) Lenny Abbey were joined at the table by female boxer and Ireland’s flagbearer Kellie Harrington (women’s Light 57-60kg) and BTF’s Athlete Ambassador David Nyika of New Zealand (men’s Heavy 81-91kg).

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell, speaking about the IOC Boxing Task Force journey, said:

“We wanted to find a solution for the boxers, to have boxing here in Tokyo. Everything is being done to not only allow boxing to stay in the Games for Tokyo, but to put the focus on the athletes themselves.”

He then added: “We also were very keen to use the opportunity to promote gender equality in boxing, and I think that’s been shown each step of the way again. We went from 36 women in Rio to what will finally be 102 female boxers here in Tokyo. Also increasing the number of (female) weight categories from three in Rio to five here in Tokyo. On the technical official side, we’ve significantly increased the number of female officials in 14 international technical officials here out of 58 which has been a big jump also from previous Games.”

Concerning the boxing scoring system introduced by the BTF, McConnell added:

“As you’ll see here in Tokyo, and it has been the same with each of the qualifiers, the scores will be publicly displayed at the end of each round, not just at the end of the fight. We think this is really a step forward so the boxers know what’s happening with the scoring at the end of each round, everyone knows how the scoring is being done round by round.

“We’ve also put in place more objective and transparent referee and judging criteria and selection process. That’s been done at each of the qualifiers and had really strong, positive feedback after each of the qualifying events we’ve had, from the boxers themselves including the very experienced Olympic boxers involved in those Olympic qualification events.

“We’ve also put in place mandatory prevention and education courses around competition manipulation. So, every qualified athlete, every qualified team official, and every qualified technical official here in Tokyo has gone through that training and education.”

The Chair of the Boxing Task Force, Watanabe Morinari talked about the BTF mission:

“We arrive here after a long journey. The BTF has done as much as possible during the time available to protect the integrity of the sports and to ensure the athletes have a fair field of play on which to compete.

“The BTF focus for the next 16 days, is to ensure the boxers are able to compete at their best on a fair field of play.”

Head of the BTF, Lenny Abbey, answered questions on the changes introduced by the BTF in the referees and judges selection process:

“We took a very extensive process when it came to deciding how we would consider the eligible pool of technical officials for all of the qualification events and the Olympic Games. We started off with background checks, and those that past the background checks had extensive exams on integrity. We have explained to them what is expected. We amended the regulations to provide more clarity on what we expect when it comes to judging and scoring.”

“The refereeing and judging and selection of every technical official for the qualifying events was random. When it comes to the section of referees and judges at a specific qualification event that is also done randomly from a system. There is no human involvement in that.” 

Kellie Harringon touched on the point of increased gender equity and transparency:

“From London to Rio, there were only three women’s Olympic events, and now here in Tokyo we have five. It opens the door to a lot of more female athletes who thought that they hadn’t got a shot at getting to an Olympic Games, and now here they are, and here I am also. So that’s just been fantastic.”

“In regards to the scores being displayed after every round, I think that’s absolutely positive. I never know whether I win or lose a fight, anyway. But it does help to know if you are up or down. I could be winning clearly, and I will come back thinking: am I winning or losing? You never know when you are inside (the ring) what’s happening.

BTF Athlete Ambassador David Nyika commented on the Boxing Road to Tokyo qualification:

“I can say as an athlete, as a competitor, and as a spectator, that these qualifying tournaments have been absolutely spot on. I’ve never felt safer and in better hands than I have since the IOC stepped in and took charge.” 

On the topic of refereeing and judging, the New Zeeland’s athlete added:

“I know I’m not the only athlete who feels that in the past they’ve been on the receiving end of unfair judging, unfair referring, so this is a massive step in the right direction and I really hope that these changes that are being implemented can stand strong and continue to be a part in our sport. I get a lot of comfort knowing that the BTF is taking this role very seriously”

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing Tournament will start tomorrow with two sessions and 27 bouts on the ring of the Kokugikan Arena.



Tokyo 2020: Official Draw and Sport Entries Check

22/07/2021

The Tokyo 2020 Boxing Official Draw took place today, at the Kokugikan Arena (the boxing competition venue), where 276 bouts will be contested in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events) from 24 July through 8 August.

Find the complete Official Draw results here:

Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg)Draw Sheet 
Men’s Heavy (81-91kg)Draw Sheet 
Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg)Draw Sheet 
Men’s Middle (69-75kg)Draw Sheet 
Men’s Welter (63-69kg)Draw Sheet 
Men’s Light (57-63kg)Draw Sheet 
Men’s Feather (52-57kg)Draw Sheet 
Men’s Fly (48-52kg)Draw Sheet 
Women’s Middle (69-75kg)Draw Sheet 
Women’s Welter (64-69kg)Draw Sheet 
Women’s Light (57-60kg)Draw Sheet 
Women’s Feather (54-57kg)Draw Sheet 
Women’s Fly (48-51kg)Draw Sheet 

The Official Draw followed the Boxing Sports Entries Check, that was held today at the Team Processing Center of the Olympic Village. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing Tournament will see 289 athletes (102 women boxers and 187 male boxers) from 80 National Olympic Committees and the Refugee Olympic Team competing on the ring of the Kokugikan Arena.

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  



168 boxers arrive in Paris to compete in the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier

03/06/2021

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier is due to resume in Paris (FRA), where the event will be held at the Le Grand Dôme in Villebon-sur-Yvette from 4 to 8 June.

The event will resume from where it was suspended, after day three of competition, in London (GBR) on 16 March 2020. There, 316 boxers from 43 nations competed on the rings of the Copper Box Arena, moving forward in the brackets and earning the first 16 quota places assigned to the European continent. Those results and quota places are valid and still stand as the event resumes in the French capital.

After the first 16 quota places were awarded in London, 61 additional Tokyo 2020 quota places are now up for grabs here in Paris, in the last boxing qualifier before the Games, which will see 168 athletes from 37 countries competing for their Olympic dream.

The top eight boxers will earn a Tokyo 2020 spot in the men’s flyweight (52kg), featherweight (57kg) and lightweight (63kg), meaning that all the quarter-finalists in those events will earn a qualification slot.

Olympic quota places will also be assigned to the best six boxers in the women’s flyweight (51kg), women’s featherweight (57kg), women’s lightweight (60kg), men’s welterweight (69kg), men’s middleweight (75kg) and men’s light heavyweight (81kg).

Four qualification slots will be up for grabs in the women’s middleweight (75kg), men’s heavyweight (91kg) and men’s super-heavyweight (+91kg), while five quota places will be available in the women’s welterweight (69kg).

Athletes to watch

There are a number of athletes to watch as the event  resumes. Three Olympic champions have made the Paris list: The Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn (women’s 75kg), France’s Sofiane Oumiha (63kg), and Azerbaijan’s Lorenzo Sotomayor (69kg) are ready to put on their gloves and step into the ring, looking for a ticket to Tokyo.

Host country France is presenting a renewed group of young and skilled athletes, ready to pick up the baton from the team that amazed boxing fans in Rio de Janeiro. Their biggest stars include World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Billal Bennama (52kg) and Samuel Kistohurry (57kg), who have already qualified for Tokyo. Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Sofiane Oumiha (63kg) and seven of her teammates are still in the competition, and will be boxing on their home turf.

On its side, Team Great Britain is lining up 12 strong hopes here in Paris. Among them, the spotlight will be on European champion Peter McGrail (men’s 57kg), World Boxing Championships silver medallist Pat McCormack (men’s 69kg), and  European Games silver medallist Benjamin Whittaker (81kg), who said: “I am looking forward to this event so much, and I expect tough competition: there are not any easy opponents in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event.”

Monaco made its debut at the European Qualifier in London last year, and its 69kg hope, Hugo Micallef, defied all the odds to win his preliminary bout and will continue boxing here in Paris, on his road to Tokyo 2020.

Bulgaria’s former women’s world champion Stanimira Petrova (57kg) will also be part of the competition. In the lead-up to the competition, she said: “I trained 20 hours per week in recent months to accomplish my goals in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. I have only one mission, to earn the Olympic spot for Tokyo!”

2018 women’s world champion Kellie Harrington of Ireland is also ready to step back into the ring. “I just want to go out and do my best,” she said, “I have learnt in the recent nearly one-and-a-half years to always expect the unexpected. There has been plenty of challenges with loads of highs and lows, but I have overcome them and adapted. Team Ireland have worked hard and done all we can. All that’s left now is to step into the ring and showcase our craft.”

Follow the action live

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 will be available in all territories worldwide free of charge at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated Paris Qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner website. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

The Tokyo 2020 quota places up for grabs at the European Qualifier:

Women’s 51kg: 6 slots

Women’s 57kg: 6 slots

Women’s 60kg: 6 slots

Women’s 69kg: 5 slots

Women’s 75kg: 4 slots

Men’s 52kg: 8 slots (already awarded in London)

Men’s 57kg: 8 slots (already awarded in London)

Men’s 63kg: 8 slots

Men’s 69kg: 6 slots

Men’s 75kg: 6 slots

Men’s 81kg: 6 slots

Men’s 91kg: 4 slots

Men’s +91kg: 4 slots



The IOC Boxing Task Force mourns the loss of Raj Kumar Sacheti

05/05/2021

Lausanne, 05 May 2021 – It is with deep sadness that the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) learned the shocking news that the Boxing Federation of India’s Executive Director, Raj Kumar Sacheti, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 56.

Mr. Sacheti was an active member of the IOC Boxing Task Force Experts Group since its creation in 2019 and he contributed greatly to the implementation of the BTF’s mission through his experience and passion for the sport. 

The Chairman of the IOC Boxing Task Force, Mr. Morinari Watanabe, said: “We mourn the loss not only of an experienced sport leader, but also of a good friend and true supporter of the Olympic Movement. The premature departure of Raj Kumar Sacheti certainly creates a huge void in the sports world and in the boxing community.”

“In the name of the International Olympic Committee and of the IOC Boxing Task Force, we would like to express our deepest condolences and most sincere sympathy to the Indian Olympic Association, the Boxing Federation of India, the boxing community of India, and the family of Mr. Sacheti,” continued Mr.  Watanabe. “His dedication, passion, and restless efforts for the development of the sport and the implementation of the Olympic values will not be forgotten.”



Update on the Boxing Road to Tokyo Americas qualifier in Buenos Aires

15/04/2021

Lausanne, 15 April 2021 – The IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has been monitoring the situation in Argentina and the Americas, ahead of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Americas qualifier scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires (ARG) from 10 to 16 May 2021. 

In recent weeks, tighter travel restrictions and lockdowns have been implemented across the region, which have significantly disrupted international travel and pose logistical challenges to teams travelling to and from Buenos Aires, jeopardising their ability to participate in the event. 

Given the nature of the event as an Olympic qualifier which will award a large number of direct quota places (49) for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, ensuring fair access and a safe environment for all athletes and officials is of the greatest importance. This is in line with the key principles followed by the BTF, which remains committed to delivering a fair and equitable Olympic qualification process, providing certainty to the athletes and allowing sufficient time for them to prepare for Tokyo 2020, while always prioritising athlete health and safety.

Unfortunately, the current situation in the region does not provide the assurances needed for these principles to be followed at the event scheduled in Buenos Aires.

For this reason, after a thorough assessment and consultations with teams, the BTF’s Athlete Ambassadors and boxing experts plus the Local Organising Committee, the BTF has decided to cancel the event and restructure the Tokyo 2020 qualification pathway for the Americas region.

The BTF studied alternative options, but due to the complexity and nature of the sport of boxing and the large number of international participants (400 people from 80 nations, including technical officials) it was deemed not possible either to change the location, with less than four weeks to go, or to reschedule the event to a later date.

“This is a difficult decision, but it is one that puts boxers first and gives athletes, National Federations and National Olympic Committees certainty ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said the BTF Chair, Mr Morinari Watanabe. “The development of the situation in Argentina and across the region, and the resulting travel restrictions to and from Buenos Aires, could have resulted in athletes and teams not being able to participate in the qualifier, which is a risk that could not be taken.”

The Tokyo 2020 boxing qualification pathway for the Americas region has therefore been restructured in order to reflect the cancellation of the event. The BTF has confirmed the following approach:

  1. Considering that only the boxers registered to compete in the Americas qualifier would have had a chance to gain one of the Olympic quota places originally at stake in the event, the allocation of the 49 athlete quota places (33 for men, 16 for women) of the Americas Olympic Qualifier will remain exclusive to the athletes registered for the event.
  2. All 49 quota places of the Americas Olympic Boxing Qualifiers will be allocated via the BTF Ranking in accordance with the section D.3 currently found in the Tokyo 2020 Qualification System for boxing (dated March 2021). 
  3. The reallocation of the 13 quota places originally due to be obtained at the World Olympic Qualifier and redirected to the Americas will be conducted only after allocation of the 49 athlete quota places of the Americas Olympic Qualifier, and will follow the Eligibility Criteria found in the current Tokyo 2020 Qualification System for boxing. It should be noted that the registration of the athletes by their relevant National Federation and NOC to participate in the Americas Olympic Boxing Qualifiers will be understood as “participating in one (1) of the Olympic Qualification Events organised by the Boxing Task Force” and serve, along with the other criteria, for the purposes of allocating such quota places.

An updated version of the Tokyo 2020 Qualification System for boxing – reflecting the aforementioned changes – will be published following formal approval by the IOC Executive Board, which is expected by 7 May.

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier is due to resume in Paris (FRA), where the event will be held from 4 to 8 June.



European boxing qualifier suspended, all results to be valid when the competition resumes

17/03/2020

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) decided to suspend the Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain, after the last bout of the third day of competition on 16 March.

The BTF eventually took the decision to suspend the event – as well as the subsequent Americas and world qualifiers – amid increasing global travel restrictions and quarantine measures, in order to allow the participants from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home.

The BTF’s priority remains the qualification of athletes on the field of play, and it aims to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June.

When it resumes, the European qualifier will pick up from where it was suspended. The official draw, conducted in London on 13 March 2020, and the competition schedule that resulted from this draw, will remain valid and will apply when the event resumes. Only those athletes who were still in the event at the end of the third day of competition will be eligible to participate when the competition resumes. The established results (recorded between 14 and 16 March 2020 in London) will be valid moving forward, and the 16 Olympic quota places earned on 16 March will be valid for the boxing tournament of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Once again, the BTF would like to thank the host nations, the organising committees and all the participants involved for their support and tremendous efforts in dealing with this extraordinary situation.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@olympicboxing.sport.



Great Britain’s Peter McGrail: “The quota is a proud moment for my family and my gym”

16/03/2020

Sixteen European boxers qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Great Britain earned two quota places. One of them was achieved by Great Britain’s European Champion Peter McGrail at the men’s featherweight (57kg) who accomplished his minimum target, the quota for Tokyo.

“I am really proud of the result and to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was also a very proud moment for my family, my home city and my gym, the Everton Red Triangle. I felt good going into the Qualifiers and had a really good training camp before the start of the event.

I was focused as always; I am in the competitions which is the most important factor in my successes. My opponent for the quota was a very good one from the Czech Republic, he had great movements, but I knew that I can beat him. He is a young talent, but I had the experience to win this contest.

I am expecting good opponents in the Olympic Games and a tough tournament as always. I am really excited to get to Tokyo and I know I have the skills to win these contests in Japan. I really hope that the Olympic Games go ahead as it planned,” said Great Britain’s two-time World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Peter McGrail after earning his quota place to Tokyo.



A bittersweet day 3: 16 quota places awarded for Tokyo 2020 but Olympic boxing qualifiers suspended from Tuesday

16/03/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic European qualifier has been suspended following the last bout of the day on Monday. For more information, please read the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF)’s statement on the suspension here.

It was an extremely long day in London’s Copper Box Arena, and there was a strange feeling in the air as all the fights took place behind closed doors. But the action did play out as scheduled – 55 bouts across five weight categories: women’s fly (48 – 51kg), men’s fly (48 – 52kg), men’s feather (52 – 57 kg), men’s welter (63 – 69kg) and men’s middle (69 – 75kg).

The first bout of the day, in the women’s fly (48 – 51kg), saw Poland’s two-time European Games medallist Sandra DRABIK beat Ukraine’s Rio 2016 Olympian Tetiana KOB. Drabik won the bout 5-0 with some good footwork and angled punches. After the fight, Drabik said:

“I knew my opponent from several previous events; we’ve already met four times before this important contest. I had to move better and I beat her with my footwork and speed. The next fight will be such an important one, and I’ll prepare the best tactics with my coach to realise my goal, which is the quota place for Tokyo.”

In the same weight category, Giordana SORRENTINO (ITA) put in a brilliant performance against number two seed Anush GRIGORYAN (ARM) to claim her second 5-0 victory of these qualifiers. It was the same score, and an important home win, for Charley-Sian DAVISON against her Irish rival, Carly McNAUL, in what was the 100th qualifying fight over the last three days.

Speaking immediately after her bout, Davison said: “It was nice to shake off the ring rust and get the first one out the way. Onto the second one now. I think I boxed well considering I haven’t done it in a while competitively. I’ve only had spars in training but that’s totally different to doing it for real, especially at an Olympic qualifier.”

She added: “I felt I could have been sharper, but I think the nerves were there a little bit. But the first one is always shaky, and now it’s out the way I can perform better next time. I’m always hard on myself and you’ve always got to improve on things; you never stop learning.”

The Republic of Ireland’s Michael NEVIN could be one of the dark horses of these qualifiers. The 2019 European Games bronze medallist used his longer reach against the Netherlands’ experienced Max VAN DER PAS in their middleweight (69 – 75kg) contest.

“I feel that I developed well in recent months after the tough preparation for the qualification event. I was taller than my Dutch opponent and our tactic was based on working from longer distance today. It was such a good fight, and I’m ready for the next one. I didn’t check my draw, just moving ahead step by step in this event, but I’m sure my coaching staff will have the right tactic in the next round,” summarised the Irish boxer following his 4-1 victory.

During the evening session, the first 16 quota places for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were assigned: eight for the men’s fly (48 – 52kg) and eight for the men’s feather (52 – 57kg). Two boxers from the British boxing team earned their tickets to Tokyo – the first being the current light flyweight Commonwealth champion, Galal YAFAI, who got the better of his Russian opponent, Rasul SALIEV, with a unanimous 5-0 win.

After the victory, the Birmingham-born Yafai said: “I always give my best and, today, I showed that. I’m buzzing to come out with the win and my ticket to Tokyo 2020.”

Later on, the number one seed in the men’s feather category (52 – 57kg), Peter McGRAIL, showed his boxing skills in the ring with a comfortable win over Czech boxer Kevin GODLA. “I knew in the back of my mind I was good enough, and now I can tell people I’m actually going to the Olympics,” beamed McGrail, the 2017 European and 2018 Commonwealth champion from Liverpool.

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) made the difficult but necessary decision on Monday to suspend the current Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain – as well as the subsequent Americas and concluding world qualifiers, which were scheduled to take place in May.

The European qualifier, which started on 14 March and was planned to run until 24 March, officially closed after Monday’s evening session.

Find all the results from day 3 in London here: morning session 5A5B, evening session 6A6B.

Read the IOC Boxing Task Force statement on the suspension, in PDF format.



A busy second day at the Copper Box Arena: 50 preliminary bouts in 5 weight categories take place at the European Boxing Olympic Qualifier in London

15/03/2020

A total of 50 bouts took place on Day 2 of the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Olympic Qualifier. The English capital is the stage where 318 athletes (219 men and 99 women) from 43 countries are competing for 77 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events).

The opening bout of the day saw a dominant performance in Ring A from the Italian, Irma TESTA in the Women’s Feather (54 – 57kg); the current European champion beat a former European silver medallist – Sandra BRUGGER of Switzerland – with a unanimous 5-0 victory. Testa said after the fight:

“I felt good, it was my first bout and the first one is always the most difficult because of the tension. I am now very excited to have the chance to go forward in the tournament; I want to reach at least at the semi-finals and grab my pass for Tokyo.” The 22-year-old Italian added: “My next opponent will be Russia’s Liudmilla VORONTSOVA, who claimed silver in the last Women’s World Boxing Championships, but I defeated her in 2019. She’s more experienced, so I have to be at my best.”

In the Men’s Lightweight (57 – 63kg), Russia’s Gabil MAMEDOV advanced to the next round by defeating his Georgian rival, the U22 European Champion, Lasha GURULI. Mamdeov gave his thoughts after the bout:

“I knew the Georgian boxer well and I built up a strong strategy against him. The first round wasn’t perfect, but I received good advice in the break and improved from the second round. Now I am looking forward to my next bout here (which will be against the number-one seed, Hovhannes BACHKOV of Armenia)”.

Later in the Light Heavyweight (75-81kg), Switzerland’s 27-year-old boxer, Uke SMAJLI, overcame a points penalty, for using his head in the second round, to eventually beat Greece’s Polyneikis KALAMARAS, 4-1. In the same weight category, the tournament’s number four- seeded Umar DZAMBEKOV (AUT) suffered a surprise 3-2 loss. His Croatian opponent, Luka PLANTIC was cheered on by a number of local fans in the Copper Box Arena as he proceeded to the next round.

The 60th bout of the weekend came during the evening session in Ring A, where the number-one seeded boxer in the Women’s Welter (64 – 69kg), Busenaz SURMENELI (TUR), made light work of her opponent, Elina Orvokki GUSTAFSSON (FIN). It was a unanimous 5-0 win for the current world champion from Turkey.

In the same weight category, number 3 seed Angela CARINI (ITA), who won a silver medal at last year’s World Championships in Russia, dominated her bout against the Irish boxer, Christina DESMOND, claiming a unanimous 5-0 win. It was the same result for 38-year-old Karolina KOSZWESKA (POL), who beat Madeline ANGELSEN (NOR). The Polish boxer had a 10-year professional career, took a hiatus and is now back as an amateur hoping to compete in what would be her final Olympic Games.

2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rosie ECCLES (GBR) lost her evening clash against number four-seeded Saadat DALGATOVA (RUS). It was a 4-1 split decision, with four of the judges scoring the bout 29:28 in favour of the Russian.

Find all the results from London’s day-2 here: morning session 3A3B, evening session 4A4B.

Today (Monday 16 March) will see another 55 preliminary bouts at the Copper Box Arena. However due to the changing situation with the coronavirus, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has made the difficult but necessary decision to hold the rest of the tournament behind closed doors, effective immediately. No spectators will be permitted to attend any of the remaining sessions. The action will begin today at 12 p.m. (find the detailed competition’s schedule here).

Follow the action live

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 Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier starts in London: 35 inaugural bouts at the Copper Box Arena

14/03/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifying event, which will see 318 athletes from 43 countries competing for 77 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events), kicked-off at the Copper Box Arena in East London.

Today, the outstanding 7,500-capacity venue located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bequeathed by the Olympic Games London 2012, hosted the first 35 bouts of the boxing qualifier.

Women’s Light (57 – 60kg)

Great Britain’s talented teenager, Caroline DUBOIS – the current Youth Olympic Games champion – was first in the ring for her fight against Belarusian Ala STARADUB. All five judges awarded Dubois the victory, even though the 19-year-old admitted afterwards she was “okay, not [her] best” and “can be much better”.

Right after Dubois’ victory, Greek boxer Nikoleta PITA caused a surprise upset by claiming a 4:1 win over the experienced and successful Delfine PERSOON of Belgium. After the fight, Pita said: “I knew my opponent was a professional world champion, so I used the best workable tactic against her, which was based on my footwork. Amateur boxing is different from professional boxing, and I used speed to beat her. I prepared well for this Qualifier and trained hard to accomplish my dreams.”

Men’s Feather (52 – 57kg)

The 24-year-old Italian Francesco MAIETTA suffered a 3:2 split decision defeat against the Czech Republic’s Kevin GODLA, while the Hungarian Roland GALOS won his fight by the same margin against Bosnia’s Alen RAHIMIC.

There was a rapid victory today for Ukraine’s three-time European Championships silver medallist, Mykola BUTSENKO, who won his bout in just 2 minutes and 46 seconds, after a cut against his Danish opponent Frederik JENSEN, caused a stoppage in the first round and the win was given via RSC (Referee Stops the Contest).

Five more bouts were won by unanimous 5:0 decisions today: Arslan KHATAEV (FIN), Samuel KISTOHURRY (FRA), Edgaras SKURDELIS (LTU), Tayfur ALIYEV (AZE) and Artur BAZEYAN (ARM) all advanced to the next round.

Men’s Middle (69 – 75kg)

Azerbaijan’s Kamran SHAKHSUVARLY won plaudits with his 4:1 win over Austrian Edin AVDIC; and a 3:2 split decision handed victory to Moldovan Andrei VREME against Kosovo’s Besart PIREVA.

Women’s Fly (48 – 51kg)

In the evening session, the two-time World Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova KRASTEVA (BUL) returned to the ring after a one-year break to beat Aikaterini KOUTSOGEORGOPOULOU (GRE) – it was a familar feeling for the Greek athlete, who lost her quarter-final at last year’s European Games in Minsk to another Bulgarian, Gabriela Dimitrova.

It was comfortable 5:0 victory for the 19-year-old Italian, Giodrana SORRENTINO, who beat her German rival, Ursula GOTTLOB, to advance to the next stage.

Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg)

The last bout of the afternoon session and the 16th of the day, saw Danish boxer Morten GIVSKOV claim a 5:0 win against Romania’s Daniel BURCIU. The most eagerly-anticipated fight of the day was scheduled in the evening between the current Commonwealth Champion, Frazer CLARKE (GBR), and two-time Olympic silver medallist Clemente RUSSO (ITA). But the fans were left disappointed and concerned after the Italian withdrew with an abdominal problem, giving Clarke a walkover victory.

The European qualifying event on the Boxing Road t­o Tokyo will run until 24 March in London – the action will continue today (Sunday 15 March) with 50 more exciting preliminary bouts.

Find all the results from London’s day-1 here: morning session 1A1-B, afternoon session 2A2B.

Tickets now available

Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link). Prices starts at GBP 5 (adults) and GBP 2.50 (concessions) for weekday sessions.

Follow the action live

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 Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



GB Boxing team targets Tokyo 2020 as Olympic boxing returns to London

13/03/2020

The third stage of the Boxing Road to Tokyo series, the European qualifying event, is about to kick off in London, Great Britain, from 14 to 24 March. The competition will be held at the Copper Box Arena, a legacy venue from the Olympic Games London 2012 that will be used again for this awaited competition.

A total of 318 boxers (219 men and 99 women) from 43 nations have registered to compete in the event which has 77 Olympic quota places at stake.  

Yesterday has been a great opportunity for the national media (among them also BBC and Sky Sport) to meet the 13 members of the GB Boxing Team (10 from England and 3 from Wales) that arrived this morning at the Arena and has been available for interviews and photos. Present this morning and ready to grab their ticket to Tokyo:

MEN

  • Galal Yafai – Flyweight (52kg)
  • Peter McGrail – Featherweight (57kg)
  • Luke McCormack – Light-Welterweight (63kg)
  • Pat McCormack – Welterweight (69kg)
  • Lewis Richardson – Middleweight (75kg)
  • Ben Whittaker – Light-Heavyweight (81kg)
  • Cheavon Clarke – Heavyweight (91kg)
  • Frazer Clarke Super Heavy (+91kg)

WOMEN

  • Charley Davidson – Flyweight (51kg)
  • Karriss Artingstall – Featherweight (57kg)
  • Caroline Dubois – Lightweight (60kg)
  • Rosie Eccies – Welterweight (69kg)
  • Lauren Price – Middleweigh (75kg)

The men are a young group in which seven out of eight have won at least one medal at a Major (European or World) Championship.

The 28 years-old and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Frazer Clarke, said: “It’s a dream of mine to go to the Olympics and I wasn’t just going to give up. I watch motivational videos about never giving up. I’ve put so much into this – 17 years of work. I have a partner and daughter I want to make proud. I am doing this not just for my future but our future.”

He also added: “The other two times I felt like I could have gone to the Games and got the experience. This time I feel like I am a serious competitor. I want to go as a serious competitor, lead the team into Tokyo, act as the elder, set an example and get a gold medal.”

The five women squad includes the recent Middleweight’s World Champion, Lauren Price, joined by the Featherweight World Championship medallist, Karriss Artingstall and 2019 European Championship bronze medallist, class 1996, Rosie Eccles in the Welterweight category.

The 19 years-old, Caroline Dubois, has never compete as a senior yet but has reached outstanding results as a youth: she won the gold medal at the Girls’ lightweight competition at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Also, she was named from the BBC, Young Sport Personality of the Year in 2019.

“Being 19 at the Olympics, God willing win the gold, that is not something many have done and is what I want to do. I want people to remember me as a great boxer. Not as one of the best female boxers but one of the best boxers, period. I want people to recognise that I am good and be inspired by me.” Dubois explains.

Tickets now available

Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link). Prices starts at GBP 5 (adults) and GBP 2.50 (concessions) for weekday sessions.

Follow the action live

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 Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Final day of African Olympic Boxing Qualifier in Dakar wraps up quota places for a total of 14 nations

01/03/2020

The African Boxing Road to Tokyo came to an end on the ninth day of the qualification event in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. At its conclusion, 14 nations had shared 33 quota places for this summer’s Games in Tokyo; 22 men across eight weight categories and 11 women across five categories.

First in the ring was the box-off in the Women’s Fly, where Kenya’s Christine ONGARE powered to a 5-0 victory against Uganda’s Catherine NANZIRI to win a bronze medal and her ticket to Tokyo. Another box-off took place in the Men’s Feather, where Samuel TAKYI became the second boxer to qualify from Ghana after Sulemanu T’s victory the previous day. Another Ghanaian – Jessie LARTEY – was unable to make it three quota places for the country though; he was beaten by Uganda’s Shadiri BWOGI in the Men’s Welter box-off. The fourth and final box-off took place in the Men’s Light Heavy, where Moroccan Mohamed ASSAGHIR won his bout against yet another Ghanaian, Shakul SAMED.

There were six finals with gold medals up for grabs in the afternoon session. Rabab CHEDDAR and Khadija MARDI (Morocco) and Imane KHELIF (Algeria) all won their final bouts by a 5-0 scoreline. In the Men’s Featherweight, Zambia’s Everisto MULENGA won 4-1 against Kenya’s Nicholas OKOTH, while in the Welter, another Zambian, Stephen ZIMBA, lost by the same score against Cameroon’s Albert MENGUE. Egyptian Abdelrahman ORABI won a gold medal thanks to a walkover decision against Algeria’s Mohammed HOUMRI.

And that marks the end of the action in Africa, with the boxers now able to reflect on their victories and start preparing for Tokyo. The Boxing Road to Tokyo doesn’t stop here though; we go straight to the historical and culturally rich capital of Amman in Jordan, where the Asia & Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers begin on Tuesday 3 March.

You can find all the other results from the final day here

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Day 8: Three more quota places awarded and the first finals and medal ceremonies take place at the Dakar Arena

28/02/2020

We’re approaching the final phases of this first Boxing Olympic Qualifier, as all of today’s action took place in one ring and in a single afternoon session. African athletes competed in the Women’s Feather (54 – 57kg) and Welter (64 – 69kg), and the Men’s Fly (48 – 52kg), Light (57 – 63kg), Middle (69 – 75kg), Heavy (81 – 91kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg), facing their last bouts before the all-important preparations for Tokyo.

After yesterday’s rest day, the first boxers to get back in the ring were Featherweight (54 – 57kg) number one and two seeds, Sadie KENOSI (BOT) and Khouloud MOULAHI (TUN). Kenosi was the first boxer to win a quota place in these qualifiers two days ago, but today it was Moulahi who prevailed and consequently won the day’s first gold medal. Another encounter between the top two seeds came in the Women’s Welter, where Morocco’s Oumayma BEL AHBIB struck gold by defeating Mozambique’s Helena PANGUANA.

Two Algerians won gold today: Mohamed FLISSI (Men’s Fly), who beat Zambia’s Patrick CHINYEMBA 3:2, and Younes NEMOUCHI (Men’s Middle), who scored an easier 4-1 victory over DR Congo’s David TSHAMA. Namibia’s Lightweight boxer, Jonas JONAS won gold with the same score against Mauritius’s 2011 All-Africa champion, Richarno COLIN. Maxime YEGNONG (CMR) was the victor in his Super Heavy bout; and Youness BAALLA of Morocco also won gold today, thanks to a walkover.

Today’s programme also included three box-offs for the Men’s Fly, Men’s Light and Men’s Middle to confirm the bronze medallists, but even more importantly, to award the day’s three quota places for Tokyo 2020.

Ghana’s Sulemanu TETTEH was one of the three quota place winners. When Ghana competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, its only medal at the Games was a bronze and was won by a boxer – Eddie Blay. Tetteh will now be dreaming of equalling or bettering Blay’s success when the Games return to the Japanese capital this summer.

Morocco won its fifth quota place from these qualifiers as Abdelhaq NADIR claimed a 4-1 victory over DR Congo’s Fiston MBAYA in the Men’s Light, while the Cameroonian, Wilfried NTSENGUE, won a bronze medal and his ticket to Tokyo by defeating Uganda’s Kavuma SSEMUJJU 3-2.

Tomorrow will be the final chance for African boxers to qualify for Tokyo, with four quota places up for grabs. Bouts in the Women’s Fly, Men’s Feather, Men’s Welter and Men’s Light Heavy will all take place.

You can find all the other results from day 8 here

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



The first quota places from the Boxing Road to Tokyo African Olympic Qualifiers are allotted on an emotional day 7 in Dakar

26/02/2020

It was the biggest day so far at the Dakar Arena for the African Olympic Qualifiers, as 26 athletes won their quota places to compete in the Japanese capital this summer at the Games of the 32nd Olympiad.

The first boxer to receive her ticket for Tokyo was the number-one seed in the Women’s Feather, 23-year-old Sadie KENOSI from Botswana. Her victory over Morocco’s Widad BERTAL also means that she is the first boxer ever to qualify in this weight class, as the Women’s 54–57kg is a new category in the Olympic programme. This summer, it will also be the first medal to be awarded in Tokyo for boxing.

Shortly after, in Ring B, two-time African Games medallist Khouloud MOULAHI (TUN) looked ecstatic at booking her place in Tokyo after defeating DR Congo’s 2017 African champion Marcelat SEKOBI MATSHU.

Morocco had a brilliant day at the semi-finals, with four athletes qualifying for Tokyo. In the Women’s Welter, Oumayma BEL AHBIB sealed her place at what will be her first Olympic Games; and in the Women’s Middle, the outstanding Khadija MARDI won her North African derby against Algeria’s Ichrak CHAIB. In the Men’s Heavy, Youness BAALLA scored a 4-1 win over Kenyan Ajowi ELLY, while Rabab CHEDDAR emerged victorious in her Women’s Fly evening session over another Kenyan, Christine ONGARE.

Staying in the Maghreb region of North Africa, Algeria won a sensational seven quota places today. Mohamed FLISSI confirmed his ticket to his third consecutive Olympic Games and will hope to go even better than the quarter-finals, where he finished at Rio 2016. One ahead of Flissi, Tokyo will be the fourth Games for the vastly experienced Abdelhafid BENCHABLA. He has reached the quarter-finals at the last three Olympics, but will compete in the Heavyweight category for the first time this summer.

Younes NEMOUCHI will debut at the Games after 10 years in boxing, and will be joined by 33-year-old Chouaib BOULOUDINATS, African Games bronze medallist Mohammed HOUMRI, Women’s Light boxer Imane KHELIF and the current Women’s Fly African Games champion, Roumaysa BOUALAM.

Mozambique will have at least two representatives in Tokyo: Helena PANGUANA in the Women’s Welter and Adosinda RADY in the Women’s Middle. This is a superb achievement for the south-eastern African country, which has taken fewer than 10 athletes to every Olympic Games since Los Angeles 1984. Incidentally, it was at those Olympics in California where Zambia won its only medal in boxing to date – namely, a bronze for Keith MWILA. The south-central African country won three quota places today courtesy of Stephen ZIMBA in the Men’s Welter, Everisto MULENGA in the Men’s Feather and 19-year-old Patrick CHINYEMBA in the Men’s Fly.

Thanks to victories for Albert MENGUE (Men’s Welter) and Maxime NJIEYO (Men’s Super Heavy), Cameroon won two tickets to Tokyo, while Egypt will be represented in boxing by Abdelrahman ABDELGAWWAD, who won his Light Heavy bout against the Ghanaian, Shakul SAMED.

Namibia’s Jonas JONAS triumphed in the Men’s Light today after upsetting the odds against top-seeded Moroccan Abdelhaq NADIR. David TSHAMA won his Men’s Middle fight, and will be hoping to create history this summer by winning DR Congo’s first-ever Olympic medal – in any sport. Someone who did achieve that for their country was Bruno JULIE of Mauritius – a boxer, no less. He won bronze in the Bantamweight in Beijing in 2008. Today, Richarno LOUIS won his quota place in the Men’s Light and now dreams of bringing Olympic success back to the tiny island this summer.

Tomorrow will be a rest day for all the athletes, but the action will continue on Friday 28 February, with box-offs in the Men’s Fly (52kg), Light (63kg) and Middle (75kg); finals for the Men’s Fly (52kg), Light (63kg), Middle (75kg), Heavy (91kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg); and finals for the Women’s Feather (57kg) and Welter (69kg). More quota places will of course be up for grabs.

You can find all the other results from day 7 here

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



80 boxers across 40 bouts: an incredible Day 6 at the Dakar Arena for a place in the Boxing Olympic Qualifiers semi-finals

25/02/2020

It was an intense and packed day at the Dakar Arena, with 80 athletes competing for semi-final spots – all with the goal of securing those dream quota places for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Women’s Fly boxers were the first to jump into the ring; and it was no surprise that the number-one seed and current African champion, Roumaysa BOUALAM (ALG), eased into the semi-finals with a 5-0 defeat of Lethabo MODUKANELE (BOT).

It was a heart-breaking loss for the home girl Khadidja TIMERA – growing up in Paris but fighting for Senegal, she told the Olympic Channel recently that it was her dream to win gold for her country in Tokyo. That dream came to an end after she lost 3-2 in a split decision to the Ugandan, Catherine NANZIRI. But perhaps Timera can set her sights instead on 2024 and win an Olympic medal in the city where she grew up. What a story that would be. In Ring B, Kenya’s Christine ONGARE went through to the semis after beating DR Congo’s Modestine ZALIA.

In the Men’s Light category, it was another win for Commonwealth Games silver medallist Jonas of Namibia, who defeated the Ghanaian, Abdul Wahid OMAR. In the Men’s Fly, another Namibian, Thomas Nestor MEKONDJ, did not enjoy the same success as Jonas – he was well beaten by the three-time All-Africa Games medallist, Mohamed FLISSI – with the Algerian firmly on course to compete in his third consecutive Olympic Games.

It was a tough encounter for Ezzerrifi ANAS (MAR) who lost to the number-one seed in the Men’s Middle category, Kavuma David SSEMUJJU (UGA). In the same weight category, 2015 African champion Wilfred NTSENGUE (CMR) beat Raul MANGUE (GEQ) 5-0, meaning the Cameroonian still has a fighting chance of competing in his second Olympic Games at the age of just 22.

Algeria’s Younes NEMOUCHI won an incredible Men’s Middle bout against Jean Luc ROSALBA of Mauritius, the North African winning the fight in round three with an RSC (Referee Stops Contest) decision. There was yet more success for Algeria in the evening session and a big surprise too, as Women’s Light boxer Imane KHELIF earned her spot in the semis by beating the number-one seed, Aratwa KASEMANG (BOT).

In the Men’s Heavy, it was another Algerian superstar –Abdelhafid BENCHABLA – who prevailed in what was his first fight of the qualifiers, at the expense of Ibrahima Sory BARRY (GUI). The 33-year-old is the current All-Africa champion, and if he qualifies in Dakar in the next week, Tokyo will be his fourth Olympic Games. A much younger fighter but also with Olympic boxing experience – namely a bronze medal from the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 – Youssef Ali MOUSSA (EGY) showed the crowd no mercy in defeating Karamba KEBE in his home country.

Tomorrow will see nine categories in the ring. As well as Women’s Fly (51kg), the men will compete in Fly (52kg), Light (63kg), Middle (75kg), Heavy (91kg), Feather (57kg), Welter (69kg), Light Heavy (81kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg). The excitement is growing as we edge closer to the semi-finals and the possibility to win those coveted quota places for Tokyo 2020.

You can find all the other results from day 6 here.

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



Asian / Oceanian Olympic Qualifying Event: Teams Arrive in Amman

24/02/2020

The second leg of the Boxing Road to Tokyo series – the Asian/Oceanian Qualifying Event – will be held in Amman, Jordan, from 3 to 11 March. The competition will be staged at the Prince Hamza Hall, where 251 boxers (174 men and 77 women) from 40 nations are expected to compete for 63 Tokyo 2020 quota places.

The 63 Tokyo 2020 quota places to be distributed in Amman:

MenWoman
Weight categories (kg) Quota places Weight categories (kg) Quota places
Fly (48kg to 52kg) 6Fly (48kg to 51kg) 6
Feather
(52kg to 57kg)
6Feather
(54kg to 57kg)
4
Light (57kg to 63kg) 6Light (57kg to 60kg)4
Welter
(63kg to 69kg)
5Welter
(64kg to 69kg)
4
Middle
(69kg to 75kg)
5Middle
(69 kg to 75kg)
4
Light Heavy
(75kg to 81kg)
5
Heavy (81kg to 91kg) 4
Super Heavy (+91kg) 4
TOTAL 4122

Teams are already arriving in Amman, to acclimatise and finalise their preparation ahead of the event. It’s not the first time that Asian and Oceanian boxers have met in an Olympic qualifier, and some of the best athletes in the world are here aiming for an Olympic spot.

Asia is indeed well known for being a boxing powerhouse, and statistics confirm it: athletes from the continent claimed 13 medals at the Olympic Games Athens 2004, and 12 in Beijing four years later. Since women’s boxing events were added to the Olympic programme, Asian boxers have earned a total of 16 medals in London, and 17 at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Furthermore, Asian boxers finished atop of the list at all recent world-level competitions. Last year, at the World Men’s Elite Boxing Championships held in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, they pocketed 15 out of the 32 medals. Asian women boxers’ results are in line with the trend too, as they obtained 3 gold, 4 silver and 10 bronze medals at the 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russian Federation, and 8 out of 10 gold medals at the 2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India.

Nations to watch

Uzbekistan comes first in the list of “nations to watch” in Amman, as their team finished top of the medal standings both at the Olympic Games Rio 2016  and at the 2019 World Men’s Elite Boxing Championships. Kazakhstan is certainly their biggest challenger: the Central Asian boxing power has claimed gold medals at all Olympic Games editions since the country’s first participation in 1996, and Tokyo 2020 is in their sights. In Amman they will face strong contenders from China, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei and Mongolia.

India is also in the spotlight. Since the country won its first Olympic boxing medal back in 2008, the sport has been growing steadily, and their team is now considered one of the strongest in the world. IOC Boxing Taskforce Athlete Ambassador Mary Kom (51kg) will be the team’s biggest hope during this Asian/Oceanian Qualifying Event.

Oceania’s Australia and New Zealand are also among the nations to watch: 13 Australian athletes and 9 New Zealand amateur boxers have set out on their biggest assignment of their boxing careers as they chase qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games. There are great expectations for David Nyika, the New Zealand amateur boxer, who won the men’s light heavyweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the men’s heavyweight division at the 2018 edition. We’re going to see him in Amman also as an Athlete Ambassador, and so he will be involved in interesting interviews and exciting activation events. We shouldn’t forget to mention Japan, the next Olympic Games host nation, which has developed a strong boxing team over the last 10 years.

Follow the action live

The event will be live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated Amman Qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each continental qualifier can be found here.



DAY 5: The first quarter-finals in the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers have begun in the Senegalese capital

24/02/2020

The women’s quarter-finals kicked off today at the 15,000-seater Dakar Arena. Every bout from here on in is bound to be highly contested, as the Olympic places get closer.

Women’s Feather

The first seed, Keamogetse Sadie KENOSI of Botswana, won 5-0 on points in a powerful bout against her Algerian rival, Fatima SENOUCI, who cleared her first round but just didn’t have enough strength today.

One of the unmissable bouts of the day featured the 2019 All-Africa Games winner, Khouloud Hlimi Ep MOULAHI (TUN), who was too strong for Ramla ALI (SOM) – a London-based boxer and model managed by British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The Tunisian came out on top with a 4-1 win.

There was a surprising loss in the afternoon for Camara Marine FATOUMATA (MLI) – seeded number 3 in this category, as the 2019 African silver medallist couldn’t find a way past Marcelat MATSHU (COD).

Women’s Welter

The number 1-seeded welterweight, Oumayma BEL AHBIB (MAR), was far too good for Bernadette KEUYE (CMR), running out with a comfortable points victory, while Helena Panguana ACINDA of Mozambique made light work of her Ivorian opponent, Sedja SANOGO, in a 5-0 win.

Emily Tinah NAKALEMA (TUN) – competing for her country for the first time – didn’t make the dream debut she’d hoped for, losing out to a solid performance by number 3-seeded, Ivanusa Gomes MOREIRA (CPV).

Women’s Middle

One of the most prominent female African boxers, Khadija EL-MARDI (MAR), who won the bronze medal at the 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia, will proceed to the semi-finals after besting her opponent, Clotilde ESSIANE (CMR), in Ring A in the afternoon. At the same time over in Ring B, the number 2 seed, Rady Adosinda GRAMANE (MOZ), beat Elizabeth ANDIEGO (KEN) via an RSC (Referee Stops the Contest) decision in round 2.

Preliminaries Continue for the Men

In the Men’s Featherweight, the number 1 seed – 26 year-old Olympian Mohamed HAMOUT of Morocco, defeated Nathan Lunata NKOSI of DR Congo with an easy 5-0 win. The professional boxer and African Games bronze medallist, Pedro Manuel GOMES (ANG), scored a points victory in a brilliant fight against the number 3 seed, Oussama MORDJANE (ALG), in what was the 99th bout of the qualifiers and the first fight of the evening session.

The 100th bout also took place in Ring B in the evening, and went in favour of the Kenyan, Nicholas Okongo AKOTH, who defeated the Egyptian, Mostafa Mohamed KOSMAN, with a 4-1 victory.

As the action hots up, everybody around the Dakar Arena is getting ready for tomorrow’s quarter-finals, which will see events in no fewer than eight weight categories: the Women’s Fly will take place alongside seven in the Men’s – the Fly, Light, Middle, Feather, Heavy, Light Heavy and Super Heavy.

You can find all the other results from day 5 here.

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



Highlights from Day 4 of the Boxing Road to Tokyo African Olympic Qualifiers

23/02/2020

The fourth day of the African Boxing Olympic Qualifiers was the busiest so far, with 26 nations represented across five weight categories, in 31 scheduled bouts. The action began at 2 p.m. on Ring A with the Women’s Fly (48 – 51 kg), where Lethabo Bokamoso MODUKANELE (BOT) beat Amel CHEBBI (TUN) 5-0. After that, it was another win for Botswana by the same score, as the 2019 All-Africa Games winner, Rajab Otukile MAHOMMED, defeated the Moroccan, Said MORTAJI.

In the 47th bout of the African Qualifiers, Juliano Fernando Gento MAQUINA (MOZ) beat his opponent Bilel BOUGHANMI (TUN) in the Men’s Fly; and the last fight of the afternoon in that category saw All-Africa Games bronze medalist Dawit Bekele WIBSHET (ETH) triumph over Mick Mikamou MAYELET (GAB).

In the evening session for Men’s Flyweight, there was one other result to catch up on, as Algerian Mohamed FLISSI scored a points victory in a competitive encounter against Doudou Ilunga KABANGE of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the same category, the bout between the third seeded Kenyan Hassan Shaffi BAKARI and Sulemanu TETTEH saw the latter proceed to the next round after a 3-2 split decision.

There was a unanimous decision in favour of the Moroccan, Abdelhaq NADIR – the number one seed in the Men’s Light category – as he beat Yasin ADNAN of Uganda.

In Ring B at the Dakar Arena, there was a brilliant afternoon performance from one of Africa’s best boxers – Jonas of Namibia, who won a Commonwealth silver medal in Glasgow in 2014 when he was just 20 – who showed his talents again today by beating the Tanzanian, Alex Michael ISENDI.

In the Men’s Middleweight category, Kavuma David SSEMUJJU (UGA) won 5-0 on points against one of Kenya’s best boxers – Rayton Nduku OKWIRI – a hugely experienced athlete who had made a return from the professional world. Ezzerrifi Amrani ANAS (MAR) made light work of his opponent, Temesgen Mitiku NEKA (ETH), bringing the fight to a halt in round two via an RSC (Referee Stops the Contest) decision.

In other news, Gambian boxer Foday Bangura BADJIE was disqualified in the morning as he was deemed overweight for his Men’s Middle fight (69 – 75 kg), so Jean Luc David ROSALBA of Mauritius was awarded a walkover and an easy path in to the next round.

Tomorrow is going to be an even more exciting day, with the first round of quarter-finals for Women’s Feather, Women’s Welter and Women’s Middle. The men’s preliminaries will also continue in three weight categories: Light Heavy, Welter and Feather.

You can find all the other results from day 4 here.

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



DAY 3 – 21 bouts today for a place in the next round at the African Boxing Olympic Qualifiers

22/02/2020

It was an exciting and busy day at the Dakar Arena where male boxers from 22 nations faced each other in a total of 21 bouts across afternoon and evening sessions.

The opening fight on Ring B for the Men’s Featherweight was also the fastest: Musa CHAM of Gambia beat the Cameroonian, Ignas Aristide Ronaldo TCHOUTA MBIANDA in just 52 seconds; Mbianda reporting an unintentional but bad wound on his cheekbone. On the other ring in the same weight category, Nathan LUNATA NKOSI of DR Congo scored an easy win against Swaziland’s 21 year old, Zweli DLAMINI.

Later in the evening, Moroke MOKHOTHO (LES) benefited from a split decision with a 3:2 victory in the blue corner against the Tunisian, Bilel MHAMDI. And the last fight in the Featherweight category ended 5:0 in favour of the Angolan Pedro Manuel GOMES who powered past his Tanzanian rival, Mlingwa Boniphace KAJI.

Men’s Welterweight Bouts

Tswiige MMUSI (BOT) didn’t have a lot of difficulty defeating Yannick MITOUMBA MBEMY from Gabon with a clean 5:0 victory. Zambia’s Stephen ZIMBA (ZAM) also proceeded to the next round by the same winning margin against Munjanye SNOWDEN (MWI).

Ring B saw a tussle between two North African nations but it was the Egyptian Omar Elsayed Ragab ELAWADY ELA who prevailed over the Tunisian Ahmed MEJRI. In the blue corner, Freeman MABVONGWE (ZIM) produced a winning performance against Nestor NDUWARUGIRA (BDI).

During the day’s second session on the same ring, the young Angolan Nafital Alfonso GOMA showed great resolve; despite being knocked down by Libya’s Dawku Asim Salih AMHIMMID, Goma won the bout in round 2 via an RSC decision with a knockdown of his own.

Other results from the evening session:

Thabiso DLAMINI (SWZ) vs Tounkara MADALA (MLI) 5:0

Mesfin BIRU KERALAH (ETH) vs Bassole Brice ROMARIC (BUR) 5:0

Jessie LARTEY (GHA) vs Mohamed ABOUBACAR (COM) 5:0

Men’s Heavyweight Debut

A split decision of 3:2 decided the first Heavyweight bout in favour of Barry IBRAHIMA SORY (GUI) over his opponent David Bawah AKANKOLIM. (GHA). It was an RSC loss in round 1 for Sanyang Sandy SAM of Gambia against his victor, Sadiki MAROY MAROY of DR Congo.

The third and final bout of the day for this category saw the former Swedish National Champion Alex BWAMBALE, now of Uganda, triumph over Angolan Luvumbo Kiala JUNIOR.

Men’s Super Heavy Battle

In the Super Heavy category, Agnes Keddy EVANS (SEY) didn’t get a look in against Dos Santos Morais DAVILSON (CPV) who emerged victorious with a 5:0 win and it was the same score in Ring A for Yegnong NJIEYO (CMR) over Solomon Geko KOZAALA (UGA).

To close the day, 23 year old Ghanaian boxer Anani KUTSUKE went through to the next round beating the two-time Commonwealth Games competitor, Haruna Swanga MHANDO – an athlete ten years his senior.

Two more sessions are scheduled today at the Dakar Arena at the same times of 2pm and 6pm UTC. Both genders will be in the rings as we’ll see bouts in the Women’s Fly, Women’s Light, Men’s Fly, Men’s Light and Men’s Middle categories.

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



DAY 2 – Preliminaries continue in Dakar for the Boxing Road to Tokyo African Qualifier

21/02/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo African Qualifier, currently being held in Dakar, Senegal, continued today with the Preliminaries for Women’s Featherweight (54 – 57kg) and Men’s Lightweight (57 – 63kg).

On Ring A, the first fight was between two first-timers and it was a quick victory for Fatima Zahra SENOUCI (ALG) who defeated Madagascar’s Marie Madele RASOARINORO EP RALISON in round 2, via an RSC (Referee Stops the Contest).

On Ring B, Beatrice Akoth OUMA (KEN) prevailed over her opponent Ramla Said Ahmed ALI (SOM) with a 5:0 victory. Not long after, Marcelat SAKOBI MATSHU (COD) beat Suzan AKELLO from Uganda by the same points margin to close the Women’s Featherweight fights for the day.

The day’s first triumph in the Men’s Lightweight came in Ring B and went to the Tanzanian boxer Alex Michael ISENDI who beat Almnsori Mahamed Hafith FARHAT from Libya winning 5:0. It was the same result for Guinea’s Diallo Ibrahima BEA JR, who was victorious over Diosdado BODDIEN EVITA, representing the small Central African country of Equatorial Guinea.

Back on Ring A, it was an easy victory for Uganda’s Yasin ADNAN over Abrham ALEM GEBREMARIAM from Ethiopia; Adnan winning in Round 2 with another RSC decision. After them, the crowd witnessed three more 5:0 wins: Clinton Farlo NDJINGA (GAB) bested his opponent, Sabry GAMAL KAMEL MERDASH (EGY), Qhobosheane MOHLEREPE (LES) triumphed against Jorgito CA (GBS) in the blue corner and to conclude, Omar ABDUL WAHIB from Ghana prevailed over the Kenyan, Joseph SHIGALI.

And on Ring B, the last two fights of the day saw the 36 year old Senegalese Matar SAMBOU surrender to the power of Algerian boxer, Abdelli YAHIA, while the youthful Ben Haj Aouina AKREM (TUN) defeated Steve MINKO NSA’AMANG in the red corner with a 5:0 win.

The African Olympic Qualifying Event sees 198 athletes from 38 countries competing in 13 weight categories, with 33 Olympic Quota Places up for grabs. Tomorrow, Day 3 will start off with the Preliminaries for Men’s Feather (52 – 57kg), Men’s Welter (63 – 69kg), Men’s Heavy (81 – 91kg) and Men’s Super-Heavy (+91kg).

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



DAY 1 for African Boxing Qualifier – Road to Tokyo 2020

20/02/2020

African Boxing Road to Tokyo first bouts took place in Dakar Arena, Dakar, Senegal.

Women’s boxing went first with the Welterweight preliminaries, which saw Bernadette Keuye (CMR) defeating Jorbelle Malewu Tekasala (COD) 4-0, and in the other ring Sedja Sanogo (CIV) winning against Algeria’s Sarra Kali 3-2.

For the Men’s Fly, there were three 5-0 wins, with the Moroccan, Said Mortaji, beating Muayid Abdulhakim Okashah (LBA), while Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba defeated Disan Mubiru from Uganda, and Doudou Ilunga Kabange (COD) beat Marco Jerome Andrianarivelo (MAD).

In the same weight category, we also saw two RCS (Referee Stop Contest) victories in R3 for Mick Mikamou Mayelet (GAB) against Tlholohelo Mokhesi (LES), and Tetteh Sulemanu (GHA) against the Egyptian, Mohamed Mostafa Galal Morsy.

The last weight category of the day was the Men’s Middle, which saw a 5-0 triumph in ring B for Abubakari Kwasi Quartey (GHA) against Adan Ahmed Mohamed from Somalia, and David Tshama Mwenekabwe (COD) against Mohamed Diaby (MLI). In ring A, Rayton Nduku Okwiri from Kenya outclassed Emhemed Salem Elmagasbi from Lebanon, winning 5-0. The very last bout of the day saw the hometown favourite, Pape Mamadou Ndiaye (SEN), defeated by the power of Daniel Eduardo Zola (ANG).

Scheduled for tomorrow another round of preliminaries will see the Dakar Arena’s rings hosting two more weight categories: Women’s Feather (54-57kg) and Men’s Light (57-63kg).

Follow the action live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each continental qualifier can be found here.