The first of two Uzbek fighters in action was Shahobiddin Zoirov who managed to score a unanimous decision over talented Russian Misha Aloyan in the 52KG division. The win for Zoirov was his 5th at the Olympics, following wins over Brendan Irvine, Antonio Vargas, Elvin Mamishzade and Joel Finol and no one can doubt that he deserved a medal, unlike some other fights.
Fellow Uzbek Fazliddin Gaibnazarov also claimed a gold medal as he over-came Azeri fighter Lorenzo Sotomayor in an upset win. This was a split win for the Uzbek who became the third fighter from his homeland to claim gold in the boxing at Rio and their 7th Olympic medal winner. The bout was a close one but the result was accepted by Sotomayor, who is originally from Cuba.
As a result of these wins Uzbekistan are the “winner” of the Olympic boxing with 3 golds, Zoirov, Gaibnazarov and Hasanboy Dusmatov, along with two silver medals, for Shkhram Giyasov and Bektemir Melikuziyev and two bronze medals, for Rustam Tulaganov and Muradzhon Akhmadaliyev. Their domination at Rio was genuinely fantastic