Tokyo Olympic Games 32nd Flyweight – LIVE RESULTS
IN PROGRESS (5:05 am ET): Saken Bibossinov (Kazakhstan) vs. Yankiel Rivera (Puerto Rico)
Two-time Olympian Galal Yafai (Great Britain) delivered a master class performance in a third round stoppage by Koryan Soghomonyan (Armenia). Yafai – whose brothers Kal (former WBA junior bantamweight champion) and Gamal are professional boxers – was credited with eight counts in all three rounds, the latter of which produced the end at 1:54 of the third round.
The full story of Yafai’s victory can be found here: https://www.boxingscene.com/galal-yafai-stops-koryan-soghomonyan-three-advances-round-16-tokyo–159393
Yafai will next face Patrick Chinyemba (Zambia), who advanced to the round of 16 following a split decision victory over Alex Winwood (Australia). A judge had the 29-28 bout for Winwood, canceled by scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 and 29-28 for Chinyemba, whose bout with Yafai takes place on Saturday.
Yoel Finol will not be able to repeat his medal race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Venezuela’s 2016 Olympic silver medalist had the misfortune of winning a first-round match with host country Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka, abandoning a three-round unanimous decision on Monday morning at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.
The scores were 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 and 29-28 in Tanaka’s favor, continuing a trend for Japanese boxers who have yet to lose on a single scoreboard.
The fight was hotly contested throughout, but Finol couldn’t make his presence felt like it did in Rio. The Venezuelan southpaw had to deal with heavy Tanaka – the older brother of former three-division titlist Kosei Tanaka – as well as a hair dysfunction as time was called twice for his stray twists to be secured afterwards. to have come undone.
A professional career is likely in store for Finol, whose brother-in-law was Edwin Valero. The late disgraced former junior lightweight champion murdered Finol’s sister (Valero’s wife at the time) and then committed suicide after being arrested for the heinous crime.
In a moving statement earlier this year, Finol revealed that he forgave Valero and moved past the gruesome murder, if only for his own peace of mind.
Meanwhile, Tanaka will advance to the round of 16 as he next faces Hu Jianguan (China), who beat Sakhil Alakhverdovi (Georgia). Jianguan boxed from the outside and outshined Alakhverdovi to sweep every round on the five scorecards (30-27 overall).
Daniel Panev Asenov (Bulgaria) claimed a three-round unanimous decision victory over Cosmin-Petre Girleanu (Romania) in a heated battle. In the end, the five judges (30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28) preferred the work provided by Asenov to allow him to progress in competition.
Asenov will next face Gabriel Escobar (Spain), who claimed a three-round unanimous decision victory over Ramon Quiroga (Argentina). The scores were 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28, all in favor of Escobar, who is the first Spanish boxer to progress in Tokyo.
Brendan Irvine (Ireland) suffered his second consecutive first round outing of Olympic competition. The Belfast native, who was ousted by eventual gold medalist Shakhobidin Zoirov in Rio 2016, abandoned a split decision to Carlo Paalam (Philippines) by once again failing to advance to the round of 16.
Paalam won by scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28, while Irvine won 29-28 on the dissenting scoreboard.
Irvine struggled to fend off single Paalam, who took a quick lead and never really took his foot on the accelerator. The closest Paalam came to facing adversity was when he was cautioned for holding out in the third and final lap.
Paalam will face number four seed Mohammed Flissi (Algeria) on Saturday.
Yuberjen Herney Martinez (Colombia) kicked off the third day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a unanimous three-round victory Rajab Otukile Mahommed (Botswana) in their first flyweight bout. The five judges awarded each round to Martinez, who won 30-27 on four cards and 30-25 on one card.
Martinez qualifies for the round of 16, where he will face number one seed Amit Panghal (India) on Saturday.
Sulemanu Tetteh (Ghana) erased an early deficit to claim a split decision victory over Rodrigo Marte (Dominican Republic). Tetteh won by scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27, while Marte scored 29-28 on two maps, but not enough to advance.
Tetteh never stopped showing up, especially in the second and third rounds. A flood of excessive rights was enough to deter Marte and ultimately proved the difference on three of the five scorecards. Tetteh will face number three seed Yosbany Veitia (Cuba) on Saturday.
Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan) is looking to repeat himself as an Olympic gold medalist in the flyweight division. The 28-year-old southpaw is off to a good start after shutting out Turkish Batuhan Ciftci by scores of 30-26 (x3) and 30-27 (x2). The full recap is available here: https://www.boxingscene.com/shakhobidin-zoirov-outpoints-bathuan-ciftci-advances-pursuit-second-olympic-gold-medal–159385
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox