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

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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

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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

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