Day 9, morning session: TAYKI assured Ghana’s first Olympic Medal since 1992. Team GB granted three medals

01/08/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Samuel Takyi (red) of Team Ghana celebrates victory over Ceiber David Avila Segura of Team Colombia during the Men’s Feather (52-57kg) quarter 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’s already day 9 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing Tournament. Today the Kokugikan Arena hosted the Women’s Fly (48-51kg), Men’s Feather (52-57kg), Men’s Super-Heavy (+91kg) and Men’s Middle (69-75kg) quarterfinals and Men’s Welter (63-69kg) and Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) semifinals.

Talented 20-year-old Samuel TAKYI of Ghana put in place a memorable performance, today, winning over Ceiber David AVILA SEGURA (COL) to advance in the Olympic Tournament and securing at least a bronze medal in the Men’s Feather (52-57kg) division.

The medal, regardless of its color, will be Ghana’s first at the Olympic Games since the men’s football team claimed bronze at Barcelona 1992. The medal will also be Ghana’s first in boxing since middleweight Prince AMARTEY took bronze at Munich 1972, and their fourth in all.

“I’m very, very happy. I give thanks to God. I’m very happy because Ghana has not taken a boxing medal for nearly 50 years,” TAKYI said. “So now I’m the first with the Olympic medal. I really thank God very much, and I also thank my coaches and anybody who support me.”

“I’ve dyed my hair a gold color. I’m going to make history and I’m going to win the gold color,” he also added. “I’m going to take the gold here.”

Right after, in the same weight category, United States of America’s Duke RAGAN clinched a 3:2 split decision win after a hard-fought bout against Ireland’s Kurt Anthony WALKER. He will join TAKYI in the semifinal on Tuesday 3 August.

It was a memorable day also for Team GB, that is assured three medals as Benjamin WHITTAKER (GBR), Frazer CLARKE and Pat McCORMACK all advanced in the brackets of the Tokyo 2020 Boxing Olympic tournament.

The Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) semifinal saw Benjamin WHITTAKER (GBR) put on an impressive show defeating Imam KHATAEV of the Russian Olympic Committee. The 24-year-old from Great Britain will jump on the ring for his Olympic gold medal match on Saturday 4 August. His opponent will be revealed in today’s afternoon session.

In the Men’s Super-Heavy (+91kg) class, the 29-year-old from Burton-On-Trent (GBR) Frazer CLARKE, progressed in the semifinal due to the disqualification of his opponent Mourad ALIEV of France. Next up for the British boxer will be the top-seed JALOLOV Bakhodir from Uzbekistan who keeps advancing in the Olympic Tournament after his second 5:0 victory in a row, this round over Satish KUMAR of India.

Last but not least, Pat McCORMACK will walk on the ring in the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) division on Tuesday 3 August, passing through the semifinal without even wearing the gloves, as result of a walk-over. Unfortunately, Ireland’s Aidan WALSH was forced out of the match due to an ankle injury.

It has been a successful morning also for the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) division’s top seed Buse Naz CAKIROGLU (TUR) who advances in the semifinal owing to a 5:0 victory over Jutamas ITPONG of Thailand.

“I am really feeling emotional but as a team we came here to get the gold medal, we want to write the history by getting the gold medal and we hope to do it. But I am really emotional.”

CAKIROGLU, speaking about what getting a medal will mean for inspiring female boxers in Turkey, said:

“We were already on this road by getting good scores, good results in the European championship, world championship and there are little girls that come to my house to get my signature. I believe that by getting successful in the Olympics, this will increase, and we will inspire more little girls.”

The Turkish boxer and 2019 European Games champion will meet the number #4 seed from Chinese Taipei Hsiao-Wen HUANG who triumphed in her quarterfinal match against Nina RADOVANOVIC (SRB). HUANG will become the first boxer from Chinese Taipei to win an Olympic medal.

“It is unbelievable. It’s a very proud moment for me. I have been getting lots of support from all my family. Now that I have won a medal my family will not be so worried and nervous about me.”

HUANG also explained how she used her height advantage over her opponent: “My height advantage is the main reason I’m winning. It is a good tactic I can use; I can keep my distance while throwing punches. I was confident that I would win the match throughout the fight.”

Later in the session, Ukraine’s top runner Oleksandr KHYZHNIAK moved into the semifinals of the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) division and is one win away from the gold medal as he defeated Euri CEDENO MARTINEZ of the Dominican Republic by 4:1. He has now to meet Eumir MARCIAL of the Philippines, who earned a thrilling victory by knocking out his opponent Arman DARCHINYAN (ARM) in round 1.

The action continues at 5:00 PM at the Kokugikan Arena with ten additional bouts to be contested.

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.  



Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier closed in Paris. Next stop is Tokyo!

08/06/2021
Paris, 08 June 2021 – Mouras Aliev (FRA) atop of the podium at the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier in Paris (FRA)

Paris, 8 June 2021 – The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier came to an end, today, 8 June 2021. The event which had started last year in London (GBR) and was stopped after day 3 of competition, to then resume in the French capital on 4 June 2021 distributed a grand total of 77 Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places, which went to 21 different countries (61 quotas were awarded here in Paris, 16 in London, last year).  

Great Britain secured the highest number of Tokyo 2020 slots, claiming four women’s quotas and seven men’s quotas, qualifying a total of 11 athletes (two in London and nine here in Paris). The Russian Olympic Committee followed in second, with 10 quota places (three women’s quotas, seven men’s quotas), while Ireland followed in third with a three men’s and three women’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic berths.  

168 boxers from 37 countries competed here at Le Grand Dome, in the outskirts of Paris. After 170 bouts conducted in four days, today it was all about the medals, and the ranking points that will be used to seed boxers at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (being among the top-seeded athletes means a better position in the Tokyo draw). 

Thirteen finals were scheduled to take place today (day 5 of competition), across all the Olympic weight categories. Two medal matches were not disputed, as Rio 2016 Silver medallist, Sofiane Oumiha of France, won gold in the Men’s Light (57-63kg) final, and Azerbaijan’s Loren Alfonso Dominguez finished atop of the Light Heavy (75-81kg)’s podium by walkover.  

Host country France celebrated the victory of Mouras Aliev, who won the Men’s Superheavy (+91kg) gold medal match by points, beating Great Britain’s Frazer Clarke. In the first round, the French boxer gave Frazer a standing count, and continued leading throughout the bout, alternating great defence and powerful blasts. His teammate Billal Bennama claimed gold in the Men’s Fly (48-52kg) event, beating Great Britain’s Galal Yafai after the second round, as the referee ordered to count the points after a cut. Today’s fourth French finalist, Samuel Kistohurry, lost to Russia’s Albert Batyrgaziev in the in the Men’s Feather (54-57kg) event. 

It turned out to be an overall great day also for Great Britain, with seven athletes entered in 13 finals, eventually walking out of Le Grand Dome with two gold and five silver medals. It was once again #1 seeded Pat McCormack and Lauren Price who finished in the spotlights, winning the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) and the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) finals.  

McCormack went against Russia’s Andrei Zamekovoi, in a rematch of the 2019 World Championship final that was won by the Russian on his home turf. It wasn’t an easy one as for the first time in this Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier, the British boxer gave the impression he could lose the match. After a slow start, he took advantage of his unmatchable speed in the third and last fraction of the bout, to win by unanimous decision.  

Price confirmed to be the best European boxer in her weight class, claiming gold in the final against Russia’s Zenfira Magomedalieva (seeded #3).  

Russia’s Heavyweight (81-91kg) finalist Muslim Gadzhimagomedov, the #1 seeded boxer in the qualifier, confirmed to be one of world’s bests in the event, as he outscored Spain’s Emmanuel Reyes Pla by unanimous decision to secure gold. The second top-seeded Russian athlete competing here today, Gleb Bakshi, lost the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) final to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak, who clinched a split decision in his favour.  

Turkey claimed two gold medals, to close this qualifier in style. In the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) event, Buse Naz Cakiroglu had the best of Great Britain’s Charley-Sian Davison. Her teammate Busenaz Surmeneli dominated the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) final, winning by a unanimous decision over Germany’s Nadine Apetz.  

In the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) event, two-time world champion Irma Testa of Italy left no chances to Irish boxer Michaela Walsh – who had walked into this qualifier as the second-best ranked athlete – winning by unanimous decision. Later in the day, Ireland collected a gold medal in the Women’s Light (57-60kg) event, thanks to the stamina of Kellie Harrington, who controlled Great Britain’s Caroline Dubois throughout a nervous final to win by points. 

Coming in next are the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, kicking-off on the 24th of July. Check the complete Boxing schedule on the Olympics.com website.  

Reply the action!   

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier was broadcasted live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Spanish. News, photos and results can be found on online on the dedicated Paris Qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner website. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.   



All Olympic Quotas distributed in Paris, in a day of box-offs and semi-finals

07/06/2021
Paris, 06 June 2021 – Frazer Clarke competes in the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier in Paris (FRA)

Day 4 in Paris distributed the last 13 Olympic quotas to be assigned at the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier.  

In total, the event held in the French capital awarded 61 Olympic slots, which went to 20 different countries. These are in addition to the 16 quotas already awarded during the first three days of competition at the London’s qualifier in 2020 (the competition was stopped after day 3), for a grand total of 77 qualification tickets.  

Tomorrow, the finals of the thirteen weight categories will take place and there’s much more at stake than just the medals. Winning here means collecting ranking points, and thus having a better chance to be seeded at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  

At the beginning of today’s first session, the Women’s Fly (48-51) event’s seed #1 Buse Naz Cakiroglu of Turkey defeated Bulgaria’s Stoyka Krasteva by unanimous decision to move on to the final, where she we will meet Great Britain’s Charley-Sian Davison who beat Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino. Svetlana Soluianova of Russia and Sandra Drabik of Poland won their respective box-offs, securing a ticket to Tokyo each.   

Cakiroglu said: “I’ve sparred her [Davison] before, I’ve not boxed her, so that will be interesting. Similar styles as well, so I’m looking forward to it. I know what she does, I know what she’s good at, so it’s just keeping an eye on that and doing what I’m good at to beat her.” 

Boxing powerhouse Turkey produced another victory today as Europe’s #1 Busenaz Surmeneli outscored Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko in the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) event, booking a spot in the final. There, she will face Nadine Apetz of Germany, who claimed a split-decision win against seed #3 Angela Carini of Italy. Russia’s Saadat Dalgatova secured the fifth available quota place in the category, winning the box-off final against Poland’s Karolina Koszewska.  

In the Women’s Feather (54-57kg), Nikolina Cacic of Croatia and Karriss Artingstall of Great Britain pocketed two quotas, prevailing in their respective box-offs. In the race for the medals, Italy’s Irma Testa moved on to the final, claiming a unanimous decision on Maria Nechita of Romania. She’s now bound for a gold medal match against Ireland Micahela Walsh, a #2 seed in the tournament. The Italian athlete said: “I got to fight with the best boxers in the semi-final and in the final. This is something really important for the seeding procedures of the Games. If I don’t win here, I could end up facing the bests in the early stages of the competition in Tokyo. Every fight is hard, and it’s complicated in its own way.” She continued, “I feel tired, I feel pain, but in the end being in the ring is always a good feeling. I am happy I have reached the final. It’s so important to be here.”  

Great Britain’s Pat McCormack, seeded #1 in the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) weight category, showed once again his top class here in Paris, as he met and defeated Aidan Walsh of Ireland in the semi-final. Walsh tried several times to break the British boxer’s guard, but McCormack’s furious reactions left him few chances. A unanimous decision gave McCormack the victory and propelled him in to the final. There, he will face Russia’s Andrei Zamkovoi, in a rematch of the 2019 World Championship final, which was won by the Russian, competing on his turf. In the category’s box-offs, Eskerkhan Madiev of Georgia and Alexandr Radzionau of Belarus secured the last two quota places in the weight class.  

In the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) box-offs, Belarus’ Vitali Bandarenka beat Belgium’s Lancelot Proton De La Chapelle in the first round, as the referee stopped the bout due to a cut and commanded a points’ count. Georgi Kharabadze of Georgia claimed the last quota place, beating Adam Chartoi of Sweden. Rebecca Nicoli of Italy and Maiva Hamadouche of France won the two Women’s Light (57-60kg) box-offs. Closing an action-packed day, competing in the Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) box-offs, Emmet Brennan of Ireland outscored Lindon Nuha of Sweden, while Imam Khataev of Russia beat Bayram Malkan of Turkey (seed #3), both by unanimous decisions, and both securing their ticket to Japan.  

Watch the finals: check the schedule and follow on the Olympic Channel 

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier continues in Paris, tomorrow (8 June), with 13 finals taking place on the rings of Le Grand Dome in Paris. Download here the schedule of the finals.  

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Spanish. Coverage is available in all territories worldwide free of charge at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.  

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



Paris Day 3: 29 bouts, 20 Olympic quotas, and 2 families bound for Tokyo

06/06/2021
Paris, 06 June 2021 – Frazer Clarke competes in the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier in Paris (FRA)

Twenty-nine bouts took place at Le Grand Dome today during day 3 of the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier in Paris. The best boxers of the continent competed in the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) and Welter (64-69kg) weight classes and in the Men’s Feather (52-57kg), Light (57-63kg), Welter (63-69kg), Middle (69-75kg), Heavy (81-91kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg) events.  

Twenty (20) Tokyo 2020 quota places were at stake. The Women’s Feather (54-57kg) event assigned the first four at the beginning of the afternoon sessions. Irma Testa of Italy beat Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic in the very first bout of the day with a landslide unanimous decision. The Italian showed great potential, leaving few chances for her opponent throughout the three rounds.  

In the same weight category, Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova beat Great Britain’s Karriss Artingstall by split decision, claiming a quota place and advancing to the semi-final. There, she will meet Michaela Walsh of Ireland, who outdid Sweden’s Stephanie Thour to qualify for Tokyo. Petrova (#3 seed) and Walsh (#2 seed) set up a thrilling semi-final, which will give us a glimpse of what could happen at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in less than 50 days.  

Michaela’s brother, Aidan Walsh, qualified for Tokyo minutes after his sister. Competing in the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) weight class, he had to fight hard to overcome Ukraine’s Yevheni Barbanov in a 3-2 split decision, before claiming the slot.  

Michaela said: “I was more nervous for his fight than my fight. There was a sense of relief when I qualified, but it means more for me to have my baby brother qualifying than myself. There was a lot of pressure today, but I felt we dealt with it really well. The only way is up now, we are in this tournament to go all the way.” 

Aidan Walsh added: “We want to go as far we can in this competition and win it, just keep getting the wins before the Olympics. I want to say thank you to Team Ireland. Last year, when I was national champion, they picked me to go away to the major competition, and they believed in me when I wasn’t even #1 in Ireland. Since then, I have just progressed massively. I became #1, went to all the major tournaments, done well and come here and qualified for the Olympic Games. This time two years ago I was ready to pack boxing in. There were a lot of things going on behind the scenes, but I stuck it out, the coaches believed in me, my family believed in me, my girlfriend believed in me and my club coaches, who are both here now.” 

Another family affair unfolded in the Welter class, as Great Britain’s Pat McCormack secured his pass to Tokyo, one day after his brother Luke did the same in the Lightweight event. Pat did not delude the expectations of his fans, following the match broadcasted on BBC. He went through the rounds in his own style, boxing with extreme confidence to outscore Georgia’s Eskerkhan Madiev by unanimous decision. Up next, on the road to Paris’ podium, he will meet the Aiden Walsh. 

The second 69kg semi-final will see Russia’s Andrei Zamkovi (seed #2) meeting Azerbaijan’s Lorenzo Collazo Sotomayor (seed #3), who both claimed an Olympic quota today.  

Three out of the top-four seeded boxers in the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) weight class advanced to the semi-final today, all gaining a ticket to Tokyo. Andrej Csemez of Slovakia (seed #4) won a very technical bout against Lancelot Proton de La Chapelle of Belgium. After studying and measuring his opponents throughout the first two rounds, the Slovak expert finished the job with a breath-taking assault in the third and last round, moving forward on his road to Tokyo with a unanimous decision. In the semi-final, he will meet seed #1 Gleb Bakshi of Russia, who also claimed an Olympic quota today, as his opponent Vitali Bandarenka abandoned. Second-seeded Oleksandr Khyzhniak of Ukraine also made it through his quarterfinal, as Adam Chartoi of Sweden was disqualified. He is now up for a match against Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan, the fourth boxer who qualified today.  

The top-ranked Heavyweight boxer competing here, Russia’s Muslim Gadzhimagomedov, confirmed to be one of the favourites in the race for Tokyo’s medals. Today, he made it through a tense 81-91kg quarterfinal against Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine. Muslim won the first round, losing then to the Italian in the second, as Mouhiidine engaged him with a furious series of punches. Gadzhimagomedov eventually managed to regain control of the ring in the third round, winning by split decision. In the semi-finals, he will face Ammar Abdullabbar of Germany, who produced an outstanding performance today, beating Uladzislau Smiahlikau (seed #4) of Belarus by unanimous decision. Emmanuel Reyes Pla of Spain and Cheavon Clarke of Great Britain will meet in the second semi-final.  

The sparring partner of Olympic champion Anthony Joshua, Frazer Clarke of Great Britain, had to fight hard to fulfil his dream to qualify for the Games, but he finally made it today after beating Turkey’s Berat Acar by unanimous decision, in their Super Heavyweight (+91kg) quarterfinal. In the semi-final, he will go up against Ivan Veriasov of Russia, who overscored Petar Belberov of Bulgaria to qualify for the Games and to advance in the competition. France’s Olympic hope, Mourad Aliev, will go against Azerbaijan’s Mahammad Abdullayev.  

The European Qualifier continues tomorrow: follow the action live!  

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier continues in Paris, tomorrow (7 June). Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Spanish. Coverage is available in all territories worldwide free of charge at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.  

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



28 Tokyo quotas awarded on European Qualifier’s Day 2 in Paris

05/06/2021

Twenty-eight (28) Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota places were awarded at the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier in Paris, France, today. On Day-2 of the event (which resumed yesterday, more than one year after it was stopped in London, Great Britain), 45 bouts took place in the Men’s Fly (48-52), Light (57-63kg), Light Heavy (75-81), Heavy (81-91kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg) events, and in the Women’s Fly (48-51kg), Light (57-60kg), Welter (64-69kg) and Middle (6-75) events.  

The Boxing Task Force Athlete Ambassador, Sarah Ourahmoune, and Minister of Sport of France, Roxana Marcineau attended the event today and followed the competition with the Chair of the IOC Boxing Task Force, Chair Morinari Watanabe and President of the French Boxing Federation, Dominique Nato. 

In the first bout of an action-packed day, Europe’s top ranked Men’s Light (57-63) boxer, Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov, lost the match due to an injury (cut) 2:46 minutes into the first round, as the referee stopped the contest giving the victory to his opponent Gabil Mamedov of Russia. Mamedov, advanced to the quarterfinals, securing an Olympic berth for Tokyo 2020. On the 6th of June, in the quarterfinals, he will meet Ukraine’s Yaroslav Khartsyz, who moved up in the brackets after a walkover of his Greek opponent Alexandros Tsanikidis.  

In the same weight category, the home team celebrated the victory of Sofiane Oumiha (FRA), who claimed his spot in Tokyo. The 2016 Olympic silver medallist and 2017 world champion went up against Alexandru Paraschiv of Moldova and had to work hard to secure the victory by a split decision (4-1). Damian Durkacz of Poland beat Hungary’s Milan Fodor, claiming a pass to Tokyo. He will meet Belarus’ Dzmitry Asanau, who qualified for the Games by beating Denmark’s Nikolai Terteryan today. Three more quota places went to Javid Chalabiyev from Azerbaijan, Great Britain’s Luke McCormack and Enrico Lacruz from The Netherlands, and. 

Number one seed, Muslim Gadzhimagomedov of Russia, easily passed through the Men’s Heavyweight (81-91kg) round of 16 by beating France’s Wilfried Florentin. The 2019 World Champion is now bound to meet Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhidine, who cleared his bout against Turkey’s Muchahit Ilyas with a unanimous decision.  

The Men’s Super-Heavyweight (+91) category produced a great show in Paris today. Fighting on his home turf, France’s Mourad Aliev moved one step closer to his dream of competing in the Olympic Games, as he won in the Round of 16 by knocking-out Denmark’s Morten Givskov with a phenomenal punch in the first round. On his road to Tokyo, he will meet Georgia’s Giorgi Tchigladze who beat Serbia’s Vladan Babic.  

At the same time, the Men’s Super-Heavyweight’s top seeded boxers in the qualifier, Germany’s Nelvie Tiafack (seed #1) and Croatia’s Marko Milun (seed #2), fell on the Paris’ ring. Tiafack lost to Tsotne Rogava of Ukraine, while on the other ring it was Great Britain’s Frazer Clarke who moved ahead on his Olympic quest. The British boxer beat Croatia’s Milun by a unanimous decision, after giving him two standing counts. Clarke said: “It was a tough one. I knew it would be. He is a seeded boxer and I had boxed him before. I felt quite comfortable, I will be better as the tournament goes on. I put everything into it, I boxed as well as I can. That is what I came here for, to qualify.” 

In the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) category, number one seed Buse Naz Cakiroglu of Turkey, passed though the quarterfinals by beating by unanimous decision Belarus’s Yuliya Apanasovich in the first match of the evening session, thus qualifying for Tokyo. In the same weight category, Stoyka Krasteva of Bulgaria, Charley-Sian Davison of Great Britain, and Giordana Sorrentino of Italy won their respective quarterfinals, all booking a ticket to Tokyo.  

Four quotas were up for grabs in the Women’s Light (57-60kg) category, which went to the Youth Olympic Champion Caroline Dubois of Great Britain (beating Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli), Sweden’s fourth seeded Agnes Alexiusson (winning by split decision against Greece’s Nikoleta Pita), Europe’s #2 Kellie Harrington of Ireland (beating Maiva Hamadouche of France), and Turkey’s Esra Yildiz (prevailing over Hungary’s Kata Pribojski). 

Eight more Tokyo 2020 quota places were up for grabs in the Women’s Welter (64-69kg) and Middle (69-75kg) weight categories. Among the Welters, Angela Carini of Italy won on points against France’s Emilie Sonvico, while the number one seed from Turkey Busenaz Surmeneli beat Ani Hovsepyan of Armenia. Germany’s Nadine Apetz outscored Poland’s number two seed Karolina Koszewska, winning by a 4-1 split decision. Another split decision, a tough 3-2 verdict, gave Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko the victory over Saadat Dalgatova, the number four seed from Russia. 

Competing in the Middle weight category, Europe’s #1 Lauren Price of Great Britain won her match against Ukraine’s Anastasiia Chernokolenko by unanimous decision, to qualify for her first Olympic Games. Two-time world champion Zenfira Magomedalieva of Russia dominated her quarterfinal against Sennur Demir, of Turkey, by ending it in standing count in the second round. A unanimous decision gave Ireland’s Aoife O’Rourke the victory over number four seed Elzbieta Wojcik of Poland, while it was the #2 seed from the Netherlands, Nouchka Fontijn, who won the last quarterfinal, outscoring Sweden’s Love Holgersson.  

The Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) category continued today with the quarterfinal bouts taking place at the end of this second day of competition. Benjamin Whittaker of Great Britain continued his positive series securing an Olympic qualification slot with a unanimous decision over Sweden’s Lindon Nuha. In Tokyo, he will be joined by Gazimagomed Jalidov of Spain, who won his quarterfinal and a quota place leaving Bayram Malkan, the number three seed from Turkey, in disappointment. Luka Plantic of Croatia and Loren Berto Alfonso Dominguez of Azerbaijan pocketed the last two quotas up for grabs in Paris today winning their bouts against Emmet Brennan (IRL) and Imam Khataev (RUS), respectively. 

The European Qualifier continues tomorrow: follow the action live!  

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier continues in Paris, tomorrow (6 June). Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Spanish. Coverage is available in all territories worldwide free of charge at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.  

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



Action starts in Paris, as Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier resumes

04/06/2021

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier resumed in Paris (FRA) today, more than one year after it was stopped in London (GBR) at the end of day 3 of competition on 16 March 2020, due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic.  

Action started exactly from where it had ended last year. 168 boxers from 37 countries are still in the race. They arrived in the French capital to compete at Le Grand Dome from 4 through 8 of June, chasing the remaining 61 Tokyo 2020 quota places up for grabs for the continent.  

Europe’s best boxers on the ring 

Today, the continent’s best boxers stepped onto the ring to compete in the women’s Feather (54-57kg), Light (57-60kg) and Middle (69-75kg) weight classes, and in the men’s Welter (63-69kg), Middle (69-75kg) and Light Heavy (75-81kg) categories, in a total of 44 bouts.  

Top seed Lauren Price (GBR) led the first bout of the day, beating France’s Davina Michel on Paris’ ring A in the round of 16 of the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) event. Boxing in the red corner, she won three consecutive rounds by unanimous decision, leaving no chances to Michel.  

In the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) event, seed #1 Liudmila Vorontsova of Russia did not make it through the round of 16. Her opponent, Italy’s reigning European champion Irma Testa, clearly ruled the first two rounds, winning both by unanimous decision thanks to her jabs. The Russian athlete tried to fight back in third round landing a series of good punches but it was not enough to climb back as she eventually lost the bout to the Italian by unanimous decision, giving up her chances to secure a Tokyo 2020 spot here in Paris.  

During the evening’s session, another top seeded athlete tumbled in the first bout of the qualifier, when Europe’s top ranked Women’s Light (57-60kg) boxer, Mira M. J. Potkonen of Finland, lost to Great Britain’s Caroline Dubois. Dubois, a Youth Olympic gold medal-winner, left few chances to her opponent, as she started off strong, claiming the first round by unanimous decision. She then cleared the second and third rounds by split decision, securing a spot in the round of 8, where she will meet Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli, who stopped Jessica Treibelova, of Slovakia. 

Europe top-ranked Welter boxer, Pat McCormack of Great Britain, turned out to be unbeatable for Monaco’s Hugo Micallef in the first men’s bout of the day, in the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) round of 16. Micallef, who was chasing a first, historical, qualification for Monaco, succumbed to the irresistible pace of McCormack. The British boxer won both the first and the second round by unanimous decision, and then ruled the third round right to minute 2:47, when the referee stopped the bout as Micallef found himself in his second consecutive standing count. 

I boxed him before at the European Games and beat him there, so I knew he was a decent fighter, but I knew I had his number all day as long as I boxed well. Stick to the tactics, and I’ll beat him,” said McCormack. “I’m happy with that, obviously they’ve recognized how good I am. I was sitting in the changing room there looking around and I’ve beaten everyone, everyone that I’ve seen at my weight I’ve already beaten them, so it gives me confidence.” 

“I can’t wait to get to Japan and show everyone what I’m about,” he continued. “I just hope me and my brother (Luke) both qualify, and then I’ll be happy. He’s been in the stands today shouting at me, just shouting a little bit of advice and little bits of tactics, and they were working.” 

Team Great Britain also celebrated at the Men’s Light Heavy (75-81kg) event as Benjamin Whittaker – who walked into the qualifier as the top seeded in the category – beat Romania’s Paul-Andrei Aradoaie. Later, during the evening session, Europe’s #1 Gleb Bakshi of Russia beat Norway’s Gedminas Mindaugas in the Men’s Middle (69-75kg) event by unanimous decision.  

The European Qualifier continues tomorrow: follow the action live! 

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier continues in Paris, tomorrow (5 June). Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Spanish. Coverage is available in all territories worldwide free of charge at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices. 

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



Novedades sobre el Clasificatorio de Boxeo de América para Tokyo 2020 en Buenos Aires

15/04/2021

Lausana, 15 de abril de 2021 – El Grupo de Trabajo sobre Boxeo del COI (BTF) ha estado monitoreando la situación en Argentina y América antes del Clasificatorio de Boxeo de América para Tokyo 2020, que estaba previsto en Buenos Aires (Argentina) del 10 al 16 de mayo de 2021. 

En las últimas semanas, se han venido adoptando restricciones de viaje y cuarentenas en toda la región, lo que ha perturbado considerablemente los viajes internacionales y ha planteado problemas logísticos a los equipos que viajan hacia y desde Buenos Aires, lo que dificulta la posibilidad de participar en el torneo. 

Puesto que se trata de un clasificatorio olímpico con un número importante de plazas (49) para los Juegos Olímpicos Tokyo 2020, es sumamente importante garantizar un acceso equitativo y la seguridad de todos los atletas y oficiales, en consonancia con los principios que han guiado la labor del BTF, que sigue comprometido a garantizar un proceso de clasificación olímpica justo y equitativo, ofrecer certeza a los atletas y darles suficiente tiempo para prepararse para Tokyo 2020, sin menoscabo de la salud y la seguridad de los atletas.

Lamentablemente, la situación actual de la región no ofrece las garantías necesarias para que estos principios se cumplan en el torneo previsto en Buenos Aires.

Por ello, tras una exhaustiva evaluación y diversas consultas con equipos, embajadores de los atletas del BTF y expertos en boxeo, así como con el Comité Organizador Local, el BTF ha decidido cancelar el torneo de clasificación y reestructurar el proceso de clasificación de América para Tokyo 2020.

Se estudiaron opciones alternativas, pero dada la complejidad del acontecimiento, la naturaleza del deporte y el gran número de participantes internacionales (400 personas de 80 naciones, oficiales técnicos incluidos), se estimó inviable cambiar la sede de competición a menos de cuatro semanas de la fecha prevista o aplazar su celebración a una fecha posterior.

«Esta es una decisión difícil, pero pone a los boxeadores en el centro de la decisión y brinda certeza a atletas, federaciones nacionales y comités olímpicos nacionales de cara a los Juegos Olímpicos Tokyo 2020 —afirmó el presidente del BTF, Morinari Watanabe—.La evolución de la situación en Argentina y en toda la región, y las consiguientes restricciones de viaje hacia y desde Buenos Aires, podrían haber provocado que los atletas y sus equipos no pudiesen participar en el clasificatorio, lo cual es un riesgo que no se podía tolerar».

Por lo tanto, se ha reestructurado el proceso de clasificación para la región América con el fin de adecuarlo a la cancelación del torneo de clasificación. El BTF ha confirmado el siguiente enfoque:

  1. Teniendo en cuenta que únicamente los boxeadores inscritos en el Clasificatorio de Boxeo de América para Tokyo 2020 habrían podido optar a una plaza olímpica, la atribución de las 49 plazas correspondientes a dicho clasificatorio (33 masculinas y 16 femeninas) estará limitada a los deportistas inscritos en él.
  2. Las 49 plazas del Clasificatorio de Boxeo de América para Tokyo 2020 se atribuirán en función del ranking del BTF, de conformidad con la cláusula D.3 del sistema de clasificación de boxeo de Tokyo 2020 (versión de marzo de 2021). 
  3. La atribución de las 13 plazas inicialmente previstas para el Clasificatorio de Boxeo Mundial y redirigidas a América se efectuará después de la atribución de las 49 plazas correspondientes al Clasificatorio de América y se regirá por los criterios de admisibilidad del sistema de clasificación en vigor. La inscripción de boxeadores por parte de sus federaciones nacionales y CON respectivos para participar en el Clasificatorio de Boxeo de América se entenderá como «participantes en una (1) prueba de clasificación olímpica organizada por el Grupo de Trabajo sobre Boxeo» y servirá, junto con otros criterios, para asignar dichas plazas.

Tras la aprobación formal por parte de la Comisión Ejecutiva del COI, prevista el 7 de mayo, se publicará una versión enmendada del sistema de clasificación de boxeo para Tokyo 2020 que refleje los citados cambios.

El Clasificatorio de Boxeo de Europa para Tokyo 2020 se retomará en París (Francia) del 4 al 8 de junio.



Paris selected to host the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier

02/03/2021

Lausanne, 02 March 2021 –  Following the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) decision to restructure the Tokyo 2020 boxing Olympic qualifying path, the BTF has selected Paris (FRA) as the host city of the European Boxing Road to Tokyo Qualifier. As previously communicated, the event will take place from 4 to 8 June 2021.  

The BTF has selected Paris as part of its initial commitment to organise its events in the host countries of recent or upcoming Olympic Games, and because of the opportunity to continue to benefit from its already established relationship with the Local Organising Committee, which was originally entrusted to organise the now-cancelled Final World Qualifier.  

The European Qualifier will resume from where it was suspended on 16 March 2020. The official draw, conducted in London on 13 March 2020, and the competition schedule that resulted from this draw, will remain valid. The established results (recorded between 14 and 16 March 2020 in London) and the 16 Olympic quota places earned on 16 March 2020 will remain valid for the boxing tournament of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 



Tokyo 2020 boxing Olympic qualifying path to be restructured

15/02/2021

Lausanne, 15 February 2021  In the past 10 days, and reflecting the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) goals of transparency and putting athletes first, the BTF has consulted all boxing NFs, NOCs, its technical experts, the boxing Athlete Ambassadors and medical experts for their input, to understand the individual situations and considerations for the remaining Olympic boxing qualification events. This has included a review of the current challenges to international travel and related restrictions in many countries, and the resulting impacts on a fair and equitable Olympic qualification process.

The main consensus of the feedbacks received on the remaining boxing Olympic qualification process was as follows:

  1. To ensure fair and safest possible conditions for the boxers from all regions, including having the same opportunity to recover and properly prepare for both the qualifiers and, more importantly, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020;
  2. The importance of safeguarding the minimum period of 30 days between consecutive events (i.e. the last Continental Olympic Qualifier and the Final World Qualifier, and the Final World Qualifier and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020), especially given the current situation; and
  3. Additional concerns regarding the ever-evolving travel restrictions, quarantine requirements and governmental policies that could affect the athletes’ preparation timelines, their ability and ability to participate in the Olympic qualifiers and the presence of technical officials at these qualifiers.

The BTF met on 12 February 2021 and reinforced the health and safety of the athletes as the key focus, along with prioritising the Continental Olympic Qualifiers. This prioritisation of the continental events:

  1. Ensures that athletes of all regions have a fair and equal opportunity to qualify;
  2. Increases the time for athlete recovery and appropriate preparation for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, reinforcing the BTF’s focus on medical and safety considerations; and
  3. Protects the BTF rankings and seeding system for the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament.

Therefore, after exploring all possible scenarios, the BTF has decided to restructure the remaining parts of the boxing qualification pathway for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as detailed below.

Completion of continental qualification events

The African and Asian/Oceanian continental qualification events have been completed, and the European qualification event has been partially completed.

European Olympic Qualifier:

The European Olympic Qualifier, initially scheduled to be held in London (GBR) in April 2021, has now been pushed back to June 2021. The location and dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Americas Olympic Qualifier:

The Americas Olympic Qualifier has been confirmed to take place in Buenos Aires (ARG) from 10 to 16 May 2021.

Replacement of World Olympic Qualifier with use of BTF rankings

As a consequence of prioritising the Continental Olympic Qualifiers, and the rescheduling of the European Olympic Qualifier, the final stage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing qualification process has been restructured. The final World Olympic Qualifier, scheduled to take place in Paris (FRA) in June 2021, will not be held.

The 53 quota places (32 men and 21 women) planned to be allocated at the final World Olympic Qualifier will now be allocated equally across the four regions (Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe) and all the weight categories. Following the fundamental principle of universality, one nominal quota (by name) will be allocated to the best ranked athlete not yet qualified per region and per weight category, as per the BTF rankings upon the conclusion of each respective continental event.

This ensures a new reallocation pathway, which is based on international on-field results recorded over the past four years (2017-2021), including but not limited to the BTF Olympic Qualification Events.

To ensure the utmost transparency and integrity of the allocation process, the BTF rankings were reviewed by an external auditor to ensure that all results have been accounted for accurately and in compliance with the BTF’s “Summary on Ranking & Seeding for the Olympic Boxing Qualifying Events and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020”.

Athlete Ambassador Mary Kom of India – Olympic bronze medallist (London 2012) and six-time World Champion – added: “I would like to thank the Boxing Task Force for listening to our feedback, and for putting the health and safety of the athletes first in their decision process. BTF events are Olympic qualifiers, we should never forget that. Everybody deserves a fair opportunity to participate and have the appropriate time to recover after a competition and to prepare for the Olympic Games.”

Athlete Ambassador Shelley Watts – a Rio 2016 Olympian and a 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion from Australia – said: “All boxers from all regions should have the same opportunity to prepare, compete and qualify for the games & recover between events. While I feel sorry for the athletes not getting a chance to compete in a Final World qualifier, I 100% support the BTF’s solution to rearrange the qualification pathway to Tokyo 2020 in the best interests of all athletes!”

“This is the best way forward,” continued Athlete Ambassador Lukmon Lawal, London 2012 Olympian and 2011 All Africa Games silver medalist from Nigeria. “The BTF found a way to reorganise the Olympic Qualification path in a transparent manner. The continental qualifiers are protected, and the best boxers in the world will have another chance to qualify for the Games through on-field results accounted in the BTF Ranking.”

2016 Olympic Silver medalist and 2008 World Champ Sarah Ourahmoune, an Athlete Ambassador from France, said: “In my opinion, cancelling the Final World Qualifier and using the BTF World Ranking to distribute the 53 Olympic Quotas is the best option, in today’s context. This ensures that no athlete is excluded from the new qualification pathway to Tokyo 2020. We should not forget how many nations around the world are now facing travel restrictions and quarantine periods that affect boxers’ preparation and ability to compete.”

An updated version of the Tokyo 2020 Qualification System for Boxing – reflecting the aforementioned changes – will be published as soon as possible following the formal approval of the IOC Executive Board, which is expected by the end of February 2021.



Tokyo 2020 Boxing European Qualifier update

29/01/2021

Lausanne, 2021/01/29 – The Boxing Task Force (BTF), in a virtual meeting conducted yesterday, decided that the European Qualifier for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Boxing tournament will no longer be taking place in London in April.

The decision was taken in light of the current situation and increased travel restrictions to/from the UK and taking into consideration the feedback received from the European Boxing Federations and NOCs. 

The BTF is currently evaluating all possible options (including April in another location) and will provide an update regarding the European Qualifier on 17 February 2021.

The BTF would like to express its gratitude to the British Olympic Association, GB Boxing, UK Sport and all their stakeholders involved for their great commitment and efforts in supporting us during these extremely difficult and ever evolving times.



IOC Boxing Task Force suspends European qualifier in London and all remaining events until May

16/03/2020

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has decided today to suspend the current Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain, and the subsequent Americas and final world qualifiers, which were scheduled to take place in May.

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

Safeguarding the well-being of the athletes, officials and all other participants is a top priority for the BTF. Since the preparation phase of the event, the BTF has been working in close cooperation with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) – the delivery body of the competition – as well as its stakeholders, its own medical experts and the national health authorities, to set up the necessary precautionary measures.

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

The BTF will continue to evaluate the situation daily, aiming to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June. The BTF’s priority remains the qualification of athletes on the field of play, and it will inform all stakeholders as soon as more information is available.

At the same time, the IOC is fully committed to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as was recently outlined again in the following statement: https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-statement-on-the-olympic-flame-lighting-and- the-olympic-games-tokyo-2020 .

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

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

(Find here the IOC Boxing Task Force Statement on the matter, in PDF format)



London’s LOC Statement on Boxing Road to Tokyo Qualifier

15/03/2020

Please find the original statement of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Boxing Road to Tokio European qualifier in London (GBR) here (click to open). The staement reads:

Due to the changing situation with Coronavirus and concerns for public, athlete and volunteer welfare the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has taken the decision that from Monday 16 March 2020 the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will take place behind closed doors. This unfortunately means that no spectators will be permitted to attend the event.

The decision comes into force with immediate effect and covers both the 12:00 and 18:00 sessions that are due to take place on Monday 16 March 2020 and all other sessions up until the end of the tournament.

The Local Organising Committee of the Boxing Road to Tokyo event understands the reasons for the decision and apologises to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause.

Any customers that also took out an insurance policy with TicketPlan when they purchased their tickets should contact the company direct via the TicketPlan website. The Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifier will continue to be streamed live on the Olympic Channel and can be viewed at https://oly.ch/2vqhjng



Asian/Oceanian event closes in Amman, 63 boxers qualified for Tokyo

12/03/2020

Boxing Road to Tokyo – Asian/Oceanian qualifier, Amman (JOR) – Day-9

The Asian/Oceanian Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier came to an end in Amman, Jordan, today. A total of 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries competed over nine days in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events), aiming for the 63 Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places to be decided by this continental event.

A total of 14 countries finished on the podium in Amman. The People’s Republic of China finished atop the medals standings with a total of six medals, including four gold and two bronze medals. Uzbekistan followed in second place, with three gold and three bronze, also thanks to the victory of Bakhodir JALOLOV in the Men’s Super-Heavyweight (+91kg) final, the last bout of the tournament. Kazakhstan won the highest number of medals, eight, but placed third in the overall medals standings, with two gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

Find here the full medals standings of the competition.

Find here the top eight boxers for each weight category

Seventeen different countries won at least one qualification spot for Tokyo 2020 through the tournament in Amman. India and Kazakhstan won the highest number of quota places, nine each out of 13 weight categories, while home country Jordan claimed a record number of five Olympic berths.

On the ninth and final competition day, 11 box-offs and 13 finals took place at the Prince Hamzah Hall, assigning the Asian/Oceanian qualifier’s gold medals. The final rankings of this tournament will also be used to determinate the seedings for the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament. 

Top seed and reigning world champion Mirazizbek MIRZAKHAILOVof Uzbekistan upset the Jordanian fans, in the Men’s Featherwight (52-57kg) final, as he outscored by a unanimous decision local hero Mohammad Abdelaziz Mohamm ALWADI, the 34-year-old Amman resident who claimed his first Olympic quota place on his home turf, after 21 years in the sport. But the home crowd celebrated soon after, at the end of the Men’s Welterweight (63-69kg) final, as Jordan’s Zeyad Eishaih Hussein ISHAISH secured gold, leaving the silver to India’s Vikas KIRSHAN, by a unanimous decision of the judges.

In the Men’s Flyweight (48-52kg) division, China’s HU Jianguan claimed the fastest victory of the tournament. After 59 seconds into the first round, he landed a strong punch on the neck of Thailand’s Thitisan PANMOT, compromising his balance. The referee immediately stopped the contest, awarding the Chinese athlete the gold medal, as PANMOT was still sitting on his stool. “This is the first time that I’ve knocked out an opponent, and right now I’m very worried for him and I hope he is all right.” HU said. PANMOT quickly recovered after the bout, however. “I came here to achieve a target and I’m very happy to leave as the winner of this tournament,” said HU.

In the Men’s Lightweight (57-63kg) box-off, India’s Manish KAUSHIK beat Australia’s Harrison GARSIDE (seeded second here in Amman), securing a qualification spot for Tokyo 2020. “It was my dream to play at the Olympics, and today it has finally come true for me and my family,” the Indian athlete said. “My coaches have played a huge contribution in this. Thank you everyone.”

In the Women’s Flyweight (48-51kg) class, China’s Yuan CHANG finally overcame Japan’s NAMIKI Tsukimi, fighting back in the third round, after she had suffered in the first two rounds of the bout. The 2018 Asian Games champion changed her strategy after the second round, showing more determination as the countdown ticked closer and closer to zero. “I asked my coaches after the first two rounds what the score was, and when I realised that I was losing I told them that I wanted to be more aggressive, because in the first two rounds I was very technical,” the gold medal-winner said. “My objective for Tokyo is to be on top of the podium, to hear my anthem and see my flag waving.”

Find all the results of Amman’s day-9 here: morning session, afternoon session.

Find the list of allocated quota places here

Coming next: London’s European qualifier opens in three days

The Boxing Road to Tokyo series moves now to London, Great Britain, where the European qualifying event is about to commence. There, 342 boxers from 45 nations will compete at the Copperbox Arena from 14 to 24 March, competing for 50 Olympic quota places (find the qualification system here). Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link).

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

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



Boxing Road to Tokyo Americas qualifying event in Buenos Aires suspended

11/03/2020

The IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) regrets to inform that due to the Coronavirus outbreak and recent measures taken by the Argentinian government, the Boxing Road to Tokyo Americas qualifying event scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 26 March to 3 April has been suspended.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) informed the BTF earlier today that the government of Argentina has taken the decision to restrict all types of international events in the country with immediate effect as a precautionary measure to COVID-19.

The BTF understands and respects the decision taken by the public authorities of Argentina during this difficult time worldwide. We are searching for the appropriate solution for this unexpected situation and will immediately inform the National Olympic Committees, National Federations and other impacted parties as soon as further information is available.

We apologize for this unexpected occurrence and understand the inconvenience for all stakeholders, especially for our athletes and delegations. We assure you that the BTF is doing its utmost to find the best solution.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at buenosaires.qualifier@olympicboxing.sport



Asian/Oceanian qualifier in Amman: day-8 sees semi-finalists in action

10/03/2020
Boxing Road to Tokyo – Asian/Oceanian qualifier, Amman (JOR) – Day-8

The Asian/Oceanian Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier taking place in Amman, Jordan, has entered its last phase. Today’s semi-finals saw the best boxers of the continent qualifying for the medals matches to be held tomorrow.

Five Jordanians have already guaranteed Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places – a record for the country, which had qualified a maximum of two boxers at previous Olympic tournaments. They all reached the last four in their weights, but it was Mohammad ALWADI and Zeyad ISHAISH who managed to further advance to the final, by winning their respective semi-finals today. In the final bouts, next to the medals, they will have a chance to collect important world ranking points and obtain a better seeding for the Olympic tournament.

ALWADI defeated Van Duong NGUYEN of Vietnam, overcoming a loss in the first round to eventually win the semi-final by split decision. He will compete in the men’s feather (52-57kg) final against the current world ranking’s number two, Kazakhstan’s Mirazizbek MIRZAKHAILOV.

“The strategy was to make it a tight fight and beat him by counter-attacking and it worked,” said ALWADI. “I am focused now on gold here and then going on to Tokyo to win there.”

In the men’s welterweight (63-69kg) division, ISHAISH beat World Championship bronze medallist and reigning Asian champion Bobo-Usmon BATUROV of Uzbekistan. Supported by the home crowd, the Jordanian athlete won by split decision, making it to the final match, where he will meet India’s Vikas KIRSHAN, who cleared his bout against seed number two Ablaikhan ZHUSSUPOV of Kazakhstan to qualify.

“I told my son Rashid last night that I will reach the final and become the number one in Asia, so I didn’t want to let him down,” said ISHAISH. “I’ve shown today that I can be the best and that I can win the gold medal for Jordan this summer.”

Kazakhstan’s top seed Vassilly LEVIT upset the Jordan fans crowding the Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, as he beat the older ISHAISH brother, Hussein, in the men’s heavyweight (81-91kg) class. After losing the first round, he fought back in rounds two and three, to advance in the brackets by split decision. In the final match, he will meet Athlete Ambassador and seed number two in this tournament David NYIKA of New Zealand, who secured a spot in the last bout of the tournament by winning against seed number three Sanjar TURSUNOV of Uzbekistan.

In the morning session, reigning world champion and world ranking leader in the women’s featherweight (54-57kg) category, Chinese Taipei’s LIN Yu-Ting, beat Australia’s hope Skye NICOLSON, booking a final face-to-face against Japan’s Sene IRIE, who passed through the semi-finals clearing her bout against South Korea’s IM Aeji by unanimous decision.

In the women’s flyweight (48-51kg) event, India’s hero Mary Kom HMANGTE lost to China’s CHANG Yuan by split decision. The Chinese athlete will meet NAMIKI Tsukimi of Japan, who won the first bout of the afternoon’s session as HUANG Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei abandoned the contest 2:56 minutes into the first round.

You can find all the results from day eight in Amman here: morning session, afternoon session, and the detailed competition schedule here.

Follow the finals live

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifying event has attracted 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries, who have been competing for 63 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events) since 3 March.

The finals and the last box-offs are taking place on 11 March. Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English, Russian and Hindi. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

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



Jordan secures fifth quota, India’s Mary Kom comes back, on Amman’s day-7

09/03/2020
Boxing Road to Tokyo – Asian/Oceanian qualifier, Amman (JOR) – Day-7

Twenty-eight more quota places were awarded today in Amman, during day seven at Asian/Oceanian Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier in Amman, as the semi-finals and the box-offs tool place for the women’s fly (48-51kg), feather (54-57kg), and light (57-60kg) events and for the men’s fly (48-52kg), feather (52-57kg), light (57-63kg), welter (63-69kg) and middle (69-75kg) weights categories.

Jordanian fans rocked the Prince Hamzah Hall in Amman, cheering out loud for Obada Mohammad Mustafa ALKASBEH, who won the host country its fourth Olympic quota place beating seed top seed Bakhodur USMONOV of Tajikistan in the men’s light weight (57-63kg) event.

“I can’t tell you how much this means to me to reach my second Olympics,” said the Rio 2016 Olympian. In 2019, he had lost to the same USMONOV in the Asian Championship final. “I learned a lot from last year’s final against him and kept to the plan that we made to beat him.”

His teammate Mohammad Abdelaziz Mohamm ALWADI, competing in the men’s feather (52-57kg) event, secured the fifth quota for the home team, beating South Korea’s Sangmyeong HAM. His victory extends the already exceptional success of Jordan in this tournament: the country has never had as many boxers qualified for an Olympic edition.

“I have worked solidly for four years for this,” he said. “I haven’t seen my family for a month because we have all trained so hard for our Olympic dream. This is it now. I want to go on and win a gold medal. The crowd was amazing. Thank-you to everyone for coming out to see me. I have made you proud I hope.”

In the women’s feather (54-57kg), Australia’s top seed Skye NICOLSON was the fourth Australian boxer to secure an Olympic quota place, defeating Mongolia’s Bolortuul TUMRKHUYA through a sharp 5-0 decision. In the same weight class, South Korea’s IM Aeji and Chinese Taipei’s LIN Yu-Ting advanced to the semi-finals, both with a unanimous decision. Japan’s IRIE Sena beat seed number one, Nesthy PETECIO of the Philippines, to become the first Japanese female boxer to qualify for Tokyo. “I can’t believe I defeated the world champion to get this quota place,” she said. “When I fought Petecio at the World Championships I felt a lot of pressure, but today I fought bravely and am so happy I won it!”

In the men’s fly (48-52kg) category, Indian’s top seed and world number one Amit PANGHAL qualified for Tokyo by defeating Carlo PAALAM of the Philippines. In the following bout, China’s HU Jianguan over-scored fourth seed Saken BIBOSSINOV of Kazakhstan to advance to the semi-finals and to book his second participation in the Olympic Games. “I have more experience than my opponent, and I used my speed and flexibility to my advantage. I’m happy to get another chance to go to the Olympics,” the Chinese athlete said. Later in the session, both Thitisan PANMOT of Thailand and seed number two Shakhobidin ZOIROV passed through the quarter finals, claiming a spot in Tokyo.

In the men’s welter weight division (63-69kg) China’s Qiong ERSUN MAIMAITITU and Japan’s Mensari Quincy Sewonrets OKAZAWA won their respective box off bouts and will meet on the ring in a second box off, aiming at the last Olympic quota up for grabs in their class.

In the women’s flyweight (48-51kg) category, six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom HMANGTE – “Magnificent Mary” – secured a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Games beating Irish MAGNO of the Philippines, eight year after her first Olympic participation. “I deserve this because I have faced so many challenges,” said Kom. “I have had to put up with a lot of negativity with people saying I would never make it back after marriage, having children and so on. But I have shown them who I am and what I can do.” She will next fight another former World Champion, Yuan Chang, of China, in the last four of her weight class.

Yeinji OH (South Korea), Sudaporn SEESONDEE (Thailand), WU Shih-YI (Chinese Taipei) and Simranjit Kaur BAATTH (India) won the four quota places awarded today in the women’s light weight (57-60kg) event. They will all advance to the semi-finals, looking for a spot on Amman’s podium, and to gain points for a better seeding at the Games.

Find all the results from day seven in Amman here: morning session, afternoon session, and the detailed competition schedule here.

Follow the semi-finals live

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifying event has attracted 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries, who have been competing for 63 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events) since the 3rd of March.

Action will continue with 28 semi-finals. Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English, Russian and Hindi. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

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



28 quota places awarded on day six at the Asian/Oceanian boxing qualifier in Amman

08/03/2020
Boxing Road to Tokyo – Asian/Oceanian qualifier, Amman (JOR) – Day-6

Twenty-eight bouts took place on day six at the Asian/Oceanian Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier in Amman, Jordan, an event in which 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries have been competing for 63 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events).

The tournament reached the quarter-finals phase, the gateway to Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020, as the top four or top five athletes in each event (depending on their weight category) are awarded a quota place (find the qualification system here).

Twenty-eight boxers qualified for Tokyo on Sunday – six from Kazakhstan, five from India, four from China, three from Uzbekistan, Jordan and Australia, and one from New Zealand, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and the Philippines.

Cheered on by a number of local fans in the Prince Hamzah Hall, Jordanian brothers Hussein and Zeyad IASHAISH and their team-mate Odai Riyad Adel ALHINDAWI all won their quarter-final bouts, booking three tickets to Tokyo and marking a record for Jordan.

The first quota place was secured in the men’s light heavyweight event (75-81kg) by Alhindawi, who defeated Thailand’s Jakkapong YOMKHOT with a unanimous judges’ decision during the morning session.  

“This is the first step,” he said. “The Olympics were a dream, but not anymore. I am very excited and believe I can go on to win a medal in Tokyo. I am not alone; this is a team effort with my coach and everyone else behind me. I thank them all for their support.”

After watching his brother and Alhindawi qualify, 25-year-old Hussein faced and beat Samoa’s Ato Leau PLODZICKI-FAOAGALI in the men’s heavyweight (81-91kg) match to secure his second Olympic appearance, following the Rio Games four years ago.

“After watching Zeyad and Odai, I wanted to qualify in style, so I was delighted to stop him,” he said. “I am so proud of my brother as well, and I promise this summer you will see headlines of the Iashaish brothers doing something special in Tokyo.”

His next fight will be against Olympic silver medallist and no. 1 seed Vassily LEVIT of Kazakhstan, who beat Tajikistan’s Davlat BOLTAYEV by unanimous decision. In the same men’s heavyweight division, New Zealand’s David NYIKA won a quota place by claiming victory in his semi-final against Syria’s Alaa Aldin GHOUSOON with a unanimous decision.  

Younger brother Zeyad, competing in the men’s welter (63-69kg) event, overcame American Samoa’s Marion Faustino AH TONG, advancing in the brackets and securing Jordan’s second Olympic quota.  

“Thank God I was able to win a tough fight,” he said. “I did it for my family and all of Jordan. My dream was always to fight at the Olympics, and it has come true. I want to go on and win this championship now, and then plan for Tokyo.”

Kazakhstan was the country that won the highest number of quota places on this day of competition, with six Olympic berths.

“I’m one of the youngest competitors here, and I didn’t believe that I had the experience to win. I just came to participate,” said Nadezhda RYABETS, the Kazakh boxer who won the women’s middleweight (69-75kg) semi-final, beating NGUYEN Thi Huong of Vietnam. “I can’t believe that I’ve just managed to qualify for the Olympic Games.”

Her team-mate, Ablaikhan ZHUSSUPOV, claimed a Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota in the men’s welter (63-69kg) event, clearing his semi-final bout against Thailand’s MASUK Wuttichai with the judges’ unanimous decision. Bekzad NURDAULETOV secured another Olympic spot in the men’s light heavy (75-81kg) event, winning against Tajikistan’s Shabbos NEGMATULLOEV. In the men’s middle (69-75kg) event, Abilkhan AMANKUL advanced as he claimed victory against Uzbekistan’s Fanat KAKHRAMONOV, while in the men’s super heavyweight (+91kg) semi-final, the last bout of the day, it was Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV who completed Kazakhstan’s positive set, claiming the country’s sixth Olympic quota place by beating China’s Maimaiti AIHEMAITI.

India also finished in the spotlight, claiming five Olympic berths. Highlights of the day were the sharp victories of Ashish KUMAR in the men’s middle (69-75kg) category (he beat Indonesia’s Maikhel Roberrd MUSKITA) and his team-mate Satish KUMAR, who grabbed India’s fifth quota place of the day in the men’s super heavy (+91kg) quarter-final.

“I am the first super heavyweight boxer from India to have qualified for the Olympics. I am very happy and proud that I’m representing my country,” said Satish Kumar.

“I’m feeling very good after this bout, and I want to dedicate this to my father, who passed away one month ago,” said Ashish Kumar in an emotional statement after his victory.  “Whatever I did today, I did because I wanted to fulfil his dream. It was also his wish for me to go to the Olympics.”

Find all the results from day six in Amman here: morning session, afternoon session, and the detailed competition schedule here.

Follow the action live

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifying event continues today. Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English, Russian and Hindi. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

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



European qualifying event: Over 300 boxers competing for 77 Olympic quota places in London

08/03/2020

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The third stage of the Boxing Road to Tokyo series, the European qualifying event, will take place in London, Great Britain, from 14 to 24 March. The competition will be held at the Copper Box Arena, a legacy venue from the Olympic Games London 2012. The event follows the Boxing Road to Tokyo African and Asian/Oceanian qualifiers, held in Dakar (SEN) and Amman (JOR), respectively. 

A total of 342 boxers from 45 nations have registered to compete in the event. This number includes the Boxing Refugee Team, Malta and Monaco – all making their debuts in an Olympic boxing qualification tournament. The competition will feature eight men’s weight categories and five for women. Fifty Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places are available for men, and 27 for women.

With these figures, the qualifier is set to become the biggest Olympic boxing event to be held in England since the Olympic Games in 2012.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is the sporting capital of the world, and it’s fantastic we’re hosting yet another world-class event. Londoners and visitors alike can look forward to a thrilling spectacle at the Olympic Park in March, as Europe’s best boxers compete for a place in the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Simon Morton, Chief Operating Officer at UK Sport, said: “Supporting the International Olympic Committee in delivering such an important event and ensuring that the athletes can pursue their Olympic dreams is something we are particularly proud of.”

Teams to watch in London

Europe is historically recognised as one of the leading continents in boxing. European boxers won four gold medals in the last edition of the Olympic Games, Rio 2016, and earned 8 out of 13 titles at the Olympic Games London 2012.

In London, several countries will be in the spotlight. Great Britain – the country where the first ever boxing event was recorded in 1681 – claimed Olympic gold medals in boxing in 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2016. The British team enters the London qualifier with 13 hopefuls, 12 of whom have claimed medals in recent world, European or Youth Olympic competitions. The Russian team has had the best performances in the current Olympic cycle, and is aiming to secure the maximum number of spots for Tokyo. Waiting for them in London will be Ukraine, which was the best nation in the Kharkiv 2017 European Boxing Championships and boasts some of the most experienced boxers on the continent. Ireland, France, Turkey and Azerbaijan are also listed among the nations to watch, as they have a long positive track record in the sport, both at continental and world level. 

Tickets now available

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

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

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



India moves full speed ahead on day five of the Asian/Oceanian qualifier in Amman

07/03/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifying event, which sees 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries competing for 63 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events) at the Prince Hamzah Hall in Amman, continued on Saturday with 24 preliminary bouts, in the women’s fly (48-51kg) and in the men’s fly (48-52kg) and featherweight (52-57kg) categories.

India’s national idol Mary  Kom HMANGTE stole the show in the women’s fly (48-51kg) division, as she beat New Zealand’s Tasmyn BENNY. “I have a lot of experience. Sometimes I understand the situation in the ring really easily,” she said. “Sometimes I am in trouble a bit, and that’s when experience kicks in and helps me a lot. Today, I used my experience.”

Mary Kom, the only woman ever to have won six world championship titles, and the only boxer to have won eight world championship medals, is seeking a Tokyo 2020 qualification place. Advancing to the quarter-finals, she moved one step closer to reaching her goal. “I’ve won all sorts of medals throughout the last 20 years. There’s only one I am missing: the Olympic gold,” she commented. After winning bronze in 2012, she failed to qualify for Rio. “Maybe this is my last chance,” she said. “I am really going for it; I hope with all my heart that I will grab it. This a great competition, and the quality of judges and referees is better than ever before. I am really happy and confident.”

In the same weight category, top seed HUANG Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei beat Australia’s Kristy HARRIS; and Japan’s NAMIKI Tsukimi, a 2018 world championship bronze medallist who is competing here in Amman as the tournament’s no.4 seed, defeated Mongolia’s Altantsetseg LUTSAIKHAN. Both victories were awarded by unanimous decision.

Men’s fly (48-52kg)

In the men’s flyweight division, world number one and top seed AMIT of India clinched a split decision victory against Mongolia’s Enkhmandakh KHARKHUU. Amit started with two great rounds before suffering in the last portion of the match, but was able to defend his lead and advance to the quarter finals. “In the past, I have lost to him, so I was a bit nervous. It has been a very tense bout,” Amit said. “My game is to play counter, and he knows that as we have met several times before. But I studied a good strategy with my coach, and that helped me a lot. I am now looking forward to the next bout.”

Later in the afternoon, in the same weight category, Thailand’s Thitisan PANMOT turned the tables in a tense match, beating the Republic of Korea’s KIM Inkyu – the no.3 seed here in Amman – and advancing to the quarter-finals. “It has been a very difficult bout for me, because Kim is taller than I am,” Panmot said. The youth world champion is competing in his first Olympic qualifier here in Amman. “I did not give my best today; I was on 70 per cent. Let’s say I saved some energy for the next phase of the competition.” There, he will meet Australia’s Alex WINWOOD. “I know him very well,” Panmot said. “We have been at a training camp in Thailand together. I will peak at 100 per cent for that bout, because I really want to qualify for the Games.”

Men’s feather (52-57kg)

India also took centre stage in the men’s feather category, as Gaurav SOLANKI produced an excellent performance, claiming victory against the top seed in Amman, Mirazizbek MIRZAKHALILOV of Uzbekistan, by decision.

Find all the results from day five in Amman here: morning session, afternoon session, and the detailed competition schedule here.

Quarter-finals: the gateway for Tokyo 2020 quota places

The Amman qualifier now moves on to the quarter-finals phase. On 8 March, 24 quarter-final bouts will be contested in the women’s welter (64-69kg) and middleweight (65-69kg) divisions; and in the men’s welter (63-69kg), middle (69-75kg), light heavy (75-81kg), heavy (81-91kg) and super heavyweight (+91kg) categories. The semi-finals will ultimately be the getaway to an Olympic qualification spot for Tokyo 2020, as the top four or top five athletes (depending on their weight category) will be awarded a quota place (find the qualification system here).

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English, Russian and Hindi, beginning on 3 March at 11 a.m. EET (local time). Coverage is available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

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



Jordan brothers steal the show at the Asian/Oceanian qualifier in Amman, where 24 bouts were contested on day-4

06/03/2020
Boxing Road to Tokyo – Asian/Oceanian qualifier, Amman (JOR) – Day-4

Jordanian brothers Hussein and Zeyad IASHAISH rocked the Prince Hamzah Hall in Amman, during day-4 of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifier being held there from 3 to 11 March.

The two athletes, competing in the Men’s Heavyweight (81-91kg) and in the Men’s Welterweight (63-69kg) categories, won their respective bouts, advancing to the quarter-finals and getting one step closer to a Tokyo 2020 quota place.

Supported by the cheering home crowd, they both achieved a 5-0 unanimous decision win over their opponents.

Ranked eighth in the world, and number four seed in this tournament, Zeyad beat Australia’s Jason MALLIA. His older brother Hussein, also seeded fourth here in Amman, shattered South Korea’s Hyeongkyu Kim’s hopes, beating him after a standing count.

“I promised our mother that we would give her a birthday present of both of us qualifying and we delivered,” said 25-year-old Hussein. “This is a big moment, not only for our family but for all of Jordan. Thank you so much for the support: we will not let you down.”

Hussein – who reached the quarter-finals at the Olympics in Rio – will meet American Samoa’s Alto Leau PLODZICKI-FAOAGALI on Sunday, chasing his second Olympic participation. In the other heavyweight match contested today, Tajikistan’s Davlat BOLTAYEV booked a slot in the quarter-finals beating Mongolia’s Erdenebayar SANDAGSUREN.

“This will be Hussein Ishaish’s year,” Hussein said. “I am feeling strong. I will fight anyone to reach Tokyo.”

Competing in the same session as his brother on Sunday, 21-year-old Zeyad – an Asian Games bronze medallist – will meet 19-year-old Marion AH TONG of American Samoa, who beat 2017 Asian Games bronze medallist Sajjad POSHTIRI of Iran to move ahead in the tournament. In the same Men’s Welterweight category (63-69kg), World bronze medallist and reigning Asian Games champion Bobo-Usmon BATUROV (Uzbekistan) beat Dominic ROE (New Zealand), and China’s Qiong MAIMAITITU ERSUN beat Pakistan’s ZAIB Gul, both by a unanimous decision.

“It felt amazing to be boxing here in front of all of my family and friends,” Zeyad said. “It is so special boxing in my homeland, and nothing will stop me getting to Tokyo now.”

In the first Men’s Super-Heavyweight (+91kg) bout, Bahrain’s Danis LATYPOV dominated and claimed a pass to the next phase of the competition, beating South Korea’s SONG Hwapyeong as the referee stopped the contest 1:06 minutes into the third round, after two standing counts. New Zealand’s Leuila MAU’U also advanced to the quarter-final with a clear victory over Tajikistan’s Siyovush ZUKHUROV.

Earlier this morning, in the Women’s Welterweight (64-69kg) division, Shinetsetseg URANBILEG of Mongolia outscored New Zealand’s Ariane NICHOLSON by a split decision, at the end of a very close match. In the same category, Asian Youth Boxing champion Baison MANIKON of Thailand met Nilufar BOBOYOROVA of Tajikistan, and beat her by a unanimous decision.

In the only Women’s Middleweight (69-75kg) bout on today’s schedule, it was Myagmarjargal MUNKHBAT of Mongolia who went through, claiming victory over Chinese Taipei’s WU Pei-Yi.

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Asian/Oceanian qualifying event, which will see 221 athletes (151 men and 70 women) from 35 countries competing for 63 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events), will run until 11 March. Tomorrow, 24 more preliminary bouts will be contested at the Prince Hamzah Hall, with action due to begin at 11 a.m.

Find all the results from Amman’s day-4 here: morning session, afternoon session, and the detailed competition schedule here.

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English, Russian and Hindi, beginning on 3 March at 11 a.m. EET (local time). Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

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