Unfortunately for Japanese fighter Arashi Morisaka he lost a split decision to Armenian Aram Avagyan in what was a thrilling bout at 56KG's. Although he came short we suspect most the Japanese promoters will be in contact with the 20 year old in the hope of snapping him up after the games, despite the lure of Tokyo 2020. The youngster showed an exciting style incredible body punching and an aggressive mentality but lacked some of the boxing IQ he needed to over-come the strong Avagyan.
In another 56KG bout Thailand's Chatchai Butdee took on the UK's Qais Ashfaq and came out on top. The first round was a close one with Butdee's experience winning him the round. The second round saw Butdee drop the British fighter to extend his lead. The British fighter had to secure a 10-8 final round but it never looked likely and the Thai took a comfortable unanimous decision.
At 64 KG's we saw Mongolian fighter Chinzorig Baatarsukh easily defeat Qatari Thulasi Tharumalingam. The Mongolian looked like a well schooled fighter through out whilst the Qatari lacked the skills to match his physical frame, which was long and rangy. The Mongolian easily took the first two rounds but the final round was competitive as he took his foot off the gas.
The Mongolian was joined in the next round by China's Qianxum Hu, who got a walk over against the much fancied Raul Curiel of Mexico.
At 91KG we Uzbek Rustam Tulaganov guarantee himself an Olympic medal as he got past Abdulkadir Abdullayev in the second of the quarter finals. Despite the win he sill have to score two solid wins to take home a gold medal.