Eight quarterfinals matches took place this afternoon, at the Kokugikan Arena, producing eight Tokyo 2020 medalists. Two bronze medals are indeed awarded in Olympic boxing, meaning that all athletes who advance to the semifinals are granted at least a medal.
In today’s Women’s Welter (64-69kg) quarterfinals, the 2019 Pan American Games champion Oshae JONES of USA had the best of Maria Altagracia MORONTA HERNANDEZ of the Dominican Republic, giving her a standing countdown 1:30 minutes into round two, and eventually gaining a pass to the semifinal with a 4:0 decision that guarantees the USA at least a bronze medal in this event.
“I’ve thought about winning a medal and had a vision of me standing on the podium. I practise my gold-medal speech every day, so I plan on winning!” Said JONES.
In the next phase of the tournament, the 23-year-old American boxer will go up against GU Hong of the People’s Republic of China, a two-time Asian Champion seeded #2 in this tournament, who beat Mozambique’s Alcinda Helena PANGUANA, today.
Two more Tokyo 2020 medalists emerged from the Men’s Welter (63-69kg) quarterfinals, adding up to Cuba’s and Russian Olympic Committee’s medal tables.
2012 Olympic Champion, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and reigning Pan American Champion Roniel IGLESIAS did not delude the expectations of his fans, today. Leading the match from the first to the last round, he beat USA’s first-time Olympian Delante JOHNSON by unanimous decision. IGLESIAS is now granted at least a bronze, his third medal out of four Olympic editions (in Rio de Janeiro he missed out the podium, finishing in fifth place).
IGLESIAS said: “It is my third medal which is very important but what I really want is to win the gold medal. It is a historic moment for me and for my country, Cuba. I am very happy at this achievement.”
“Many people didn’t believe I would compete in Tokyo,” he continued. “There were some bad moments after I had an injury, but I’ve shown that all the sacrifice and hard work was worth it.”
On his way to the gold medal match, the Cuban athlete will face Seed #2 Andrei ZAMKOVOI of the Russian Olympic Committee, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, who cleared today’s bout against Eskerkhan MADIEV of Georgia with a sharp 5:0 victory.
Rio 2016 Men’s Middleweights Champion Arlen LOPEZ of Cuba stole the show in the Men’s Light-Heavy (75-81kg) quarterfinal, dominating the match against Rogelio ROMERO TORRES of Mexico. The 28-year-old Cuban boxer claimed a 5:0 win with ease, moving on to the semifinal and thus being assured at least a bronze medal.
LOPEZ knows very well the athlete he’s going to meet next, on 1 August: Loren Berto ALFONSO DOMINGUEZ, representing Azerbaijan here in Tokyo, is a Cuban-born boxer. Today, he outscored (5:0) Bayram MALKAN of Turkey, granting a medal to the Azeri team.
Cuban boxers were in the spotlight also during the Men’s Heavy (81-91kg) weight class quarterfinals, today. Reigning Olympic Champion Julio LA CRUZ of Cuba met Cuban-born – naturalized Spaniard – Enmanuel REYES PLA to decide who was going to advance onto the semifinal and to set foot on Tokyo’s podium. The match turned into a tight duel: the athletes studying each other across round one, and then finishing tied after round two. Round three eventually turned in favor of LA CRUZ, who clinched a 4:1 split decision win thanks to his dodging abilities, and to a series of precise counterpunches landed toward the end of the match.
The Cuban star is now up against Abner TEXEIRA of Brazil, who made it through by crushing the Olympic dream of Jordan’s Hussein IASHAISH (4:1 split decision).
Earlier this afternoon, in the Women’s Light (57-60kg)’s round of 16, 2019 World Champ Beatriz FERREIRA of Brazil claimed a 5:0 win over Chinese Taipei’s WU Shihi-Yi to advance in the tournament. In the quarterfinal match (3 August) she will meet Rayhona KODIROVA of Uzbekistan, who disappointed Naomie YUMBA of the Democratic Republic of Congo via a 5:0 decision. Esra YILDIZ of Turkey collected a unanimous decision, at the expense of the 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist, Argentina’s Dayana Erika Iohann SANCHEZ. Rio 2016’s bronze medalist Mira Marjut Johanna POTKONEN (FIN) was the last confirmed quarterfinalist of the division, as she stunned the 2018 Asian Games gold medalist OH Yeonji (KOR) via a 4:1 victory.
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