Tokyo 2020 day 2: fourteen bouts contested during today’s first session

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 25: Enrico Lacruz (R) of the Netherlands exchanges punches with Keyshawn David of the United States during the Men’s Light (57-63kg) on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Boxing tournament continues today at the Kukugikan Arena. Two sessions and twenty-nine preliminary bouts in three weight categories will light up day 2 of competitions.

In the first session of the day, Uzbekistan’s Tursunoy RAKHIMOVA won by split decision against Sandra DRABIK of Poland in their Women’s Fly (48-51kg) round of 32 bout. In the same weight category, Irish MAGNO from Philippines beat Kenia’s Christine ONGARE winning the bout by unanimous decision.

ONGARE, who was competing in her first Olympics, shared her thoughts speaking right after the match:

“I have achieved a dream just to get here. I did not get everything I wanted, which was to win, but you can’t always get everything you want I am still very grateful as now when people look at the list of Kenya’s Olympians, I will be one of them.”

“The fight went OK. I gave my all, but I was facing a very good boxer.”

The Women’s Fly (48-51kg) event continued with Thailand’s JITPONG Jutamas, Serbia’s Nina RADOVANOVIC and Italy’s Giordana SORRENTINO earning the winning score in their respective bouts to advance in the tournament.

In the Men’s Light (57-63kg) event Keyshawn DAVIS (USA) showed his fighting qualities against Enrico LACRUZ of The Netherlands to reach the round of 16. The 22-year-old American athlete can keep on chasing his dream to become the youngest Olympic Champion in this event since 1992, when Oscar DE LA HOYA (USA) won gold at the age of 19.

“I feel great, I got a unanimous decision on my Olympic debut. I felt like I could have given more, but I did what I had to do.” DAVIS said after the win. “In my previous competitions, especially in the amateurs, each day I got better and better, got more in the groove. Today was just the start and there is more to come.”

Competing in the same weight class, Louise Richarno COLIN (MRI) clinched a split decision victory against Abdelhaq NADIR of Morocco, propelling ahead in the brackets. He’s now up to Gabil MAMEDOV of the Russian Olympic Committee, who outscored Poland’s Damia Durkacz earlier today. Hovhannes BACHKOV (ARM) and Jabid CHALABIYEV (AZE) won their respective bouts, and will meet in their next bout, in the round of 16.

Imam KHATAEV (ROC) stole the show in the Light Heavy (75-81kg) division, as he clearly beat the Moroccan Mohamed ASSAGHIR by referee stops contest 1:30 into round 3, after leading the first two rounds. He will meet #1 seeded in the tournament, Kazakhstan’s Bekzad NURDAULETOV in the round of 16, on 28 of July.

In the last fights of the sessions, Daxian CHEN (CHN) and 2019 World Championship bronze medalist Benjamin WHITTAKER (GBR) snatched two split decision victories, moving on to the round of 16.

Action continues in Tokyo: the evening session at the Kokugikan Arena starts at 5:00 pm (Japan local time) with fifteen more bouts to be contested.

Event schedule and results

Find the event schedule and the results here.

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