We had more boxing this morning at the Rio games and had our first gold medal match, which we'll mention at the end of this article.
The men's action for the day began at 56KG's and featured Thailand's Chatchai Butdee, who seemed to be fighting not only Russian opponent Vladimir Nikitin but also the judges and the referee in his bout, a bout that he seemed to clearly win but was jobbed rotten. The Thai landed the left hand at will against a very poor looking Nikitin who was very lucky to even be in a competitive position after 2 rounds, with all 3 judges somehow having it 19-19. Some how the judges also scored it to the inaccurate Russian who seemed to know that he didn't deserve the win. Sadly for the second day running we've seen a very poor decision, and after a good start the judging seems to have suddenly become very questionable.
Thankfully the judges seemed to wise up when Mongolian Erdenebat Tsendbaatar claimed a spit decision against Belarus' Dzmitry Asanau in another 56KG bout. Despite the win for Tsendbaatar the judges still drew the ire in not only having the bout split but in actually giving Asanau a share in either of the first 2 rounds, which were both clearly won by the Mongolian.
It wasn't all good for Mongolian fighters as Chinzorig Baatarsukh lost to Russian Vitaly Dunaytsev in a 64KG bout. The Mongolian started well, and deserved the first round despite the judges not giving him it, but lost the following rounds to the Russian who rightfully won.
It wasn't just a Russian fighter, Nikitin, who got a bit of luck but also China's Hu Qianxun who seemed fortunate to over-come Armenian fighter Hovhannes Bachkov, with a split decision win that perhaps he didn't deserve. Qianxun showed some good skills but was still somewhat fortunate to win and advance in the 64KG division.
Staying at 64KG's Uzbek fighter Fazliddin Gaibnazarov looked a class above Indian Manoj Kumar on route to a clear win, he's now just a single win from a medal. In his quarter final he will face American Gary Russell who was fortunate to take a split decision against Thailand's Wuttichai Masuk, furthering the feeling of frustrating between the judges and Thailand. The Thai seemed to do enough to claim the opening round, won the second round on all 3 cards and was unlucky again in the third round.
Staying with Uzbek fighters we saw the first gold medal of the tournament go with Uzbek Hasanboy Dusmatov, who beat exciting Colombian Yuberjen Herney Martinez Rivas in the final. The win for Dusmatov will allow him to sit and watch the rest of the boxing competition and cheer on his teams mates whilst knowing that he has secured his place in history. He easily out pointed the popular Martinez in the first 2 rounds before cruising through the final round for a very well deserved win.
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