At 52KG's we saw China's talented Jianguan Hu qualify for the semi-finals as he over-came Armenian Narek Abgaryan with a shut out win. Unfortunately for Hu his reward will be a bout against Yosbany Veitia in the semi-final
In a 69KG semi-final we saw the superb Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan take a technical decision win against Frenchman Souleymane Cissokho. Yeleussinov was in Cissokho's face in the first round, in an impressive showing, but a nasty headclash in round 2 curtailed the bout. It'll now be a race against time for Yeleussinov's team to get him to a condition fit for fighting in the final on August 17th.
At 75KG's we saw the very impressive Bektemir Melikuziev, of Uzbekistan, totally dominate Indian fighter Krishan Vikas. Vikas, who is a world class operator and a multi-time Olympian, never looked comfortable against the Uzbek who completely controlled the bout, from the first second to the final bell. The win secures the Uzbek a medal and we dare say he'll be considered a clear favourite over Misael Rodrigues in the semi-final on August 18th.7
We had the second Olympic final to end the session and saw Evgeny Tishchenko being gifted the gold medal against Kazakh Vasiliy Levit in what will live long as the worst robbery of the 2016 Olympics. Tischehnko appeared to get battered for 3 rounds yet won the decision in what will leave a sour taste in the mouths of boxing fans. Given the way Levit bossed the bout, from the opening round we can safely say that the better fighter lost, in fact the better fight got screwed every which way, and unfortunately AIBA seem unwilling to explain or review decisions leaving this result as a huge and ugly blot on their records. Sadly it wasn't even the first time Tishchenko had been given a controversial decision and his medal is as tainted as they come.
If there was any common sense in the braintrust at AIBA they'd have the result reviewed and over-turned immediately. Instead however they will bury their head in the sand and act as if nothing was wrong. Foolishly thinking that fans don't have eyes and didn't see what they saw. Sorry AIBA but at least Dick Turpin wore a mask!