The 2016 Olympics has kicked off and today we saw the start of the boxing with several Asian fighters in action during the first session.
The first of those Asian fighters was Japanese Lightweight Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] , who had earned a place at the Olympic at the expense of 2012 Olympic medal winner Satoshi Shimizu. The aggressive Narimatsu managed to come through his first round bout with a split decision win against very talented Venezuelan Luis Cabrera. The opening round saw the skills of Cabrera look like they would be the key to the bout but in rounds 2 and 3 the judges were won over by the aggression of the Japanese fighter who simply out worked his foe to claim a split decision.
The win has seen Narimatsu move into the round of 16 and take a huge step towards winning a medal though we suspect he will have much more success when he turns professional given that he already seems to have a very pro-ready style.
Sadly things didn't go as well for Kazakh Berik Abdrakhmanov, who was also competing at Lightweight. The Kazakh, regarded as one of the weakest of the Kazakh fighters to qualify, was out boxed by American skillster Carlos Balderas Jr who looked like a real talent.
Abdrakhnanov was given the first round, a surprise to many, but was dominated in round 2. A close third round, which many thought the Kazakh deserved, actually went to the American, leaving us with the right result but the wrong way of getting there.
There will be several more Asian fighters in action later today as we get the second session of boxing, included in those is Filipino fighter Charly Suarez, who unfortunately got drew against one of the medal favourites Joe Cordina.
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