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).
Event schedule and results
Find the event schedule and the results here.