We are sad to report that Japan's Toshihiro Suzuki will not perform in the final of the Youth Olympic Games boxing competition at Light Welterweight (64KG) despite qualifying for the gold medal match. Unfortunately Suzuki qualified via a DQ win over Russia's Bibert Tumenov who was disqualified at the end of round 2 for a KO punch delivered after the bell. As a result of the DQ Suzuki was the the winner though unfortunately due to the concussive blow he was deemed unfit to fight in the final against Italian Vincenzo Arecchia who effectively gets the gold medal in an uncontested final.
Unfortunately for the Japanese team Suzuki was the only one of their fighters to reach the final after both Goh Hosaka and Subaru Murata lost their semi final bouts. For Japan however this means that all 3 of their fighters managed to reach the last 4, an excellent achievement for the trio.
Yesterday saw the first Asian boxer's competing in the finals with a gold medal being won by Yuan Chang in the female Flyweight competition, soon afterwards Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Tapei took silver in the female Middleweight division.
As for the men, their finals are held later today.
In theLight Flyweight division Asia is guaranteed a gold and a silver as Sulaymon Latipov of Uzbekistan battles Rufat Huseynov in an excellent Western Asian battle. At Flyweight out hopes hang on China's Ping Lyu who battles the very highly regarded Shakur Stevenson of the USA, this honestly looks like one of the stand out bouts of the competition. In the Lightweight division Kazakhstan's Ablaikhan Zhussupov will be battling against highly rated Cuban Javier Ibanez Diaz in another very tough contest. A second Uzbek going for golf is Bektemir Melikuziev who fights in the Welterweight final against Dominican Juan Salano. The final Asian going for gold will be Light Heavyweight Vadim Kazakov who will be fight Bulgaria Blagoy Naydenov.
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