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

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

Find the event schedule and the results here.  

Updated draw sheets

Men’s Fly (48-52kg)

Men’s Middle (69-75kg)

Women’s Feather (54-57kg)

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