For a fourth successive session we had notable Asian fighters compete at the Rio Olympics, in fact we had arguably the most well known of the Asian's in action.
That particularly notable Asian is former IBF Flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, who secured his place in the next round courtesy of a rather typical display against Argentina's Ignacio Perrin. Amnat, fighting at 60KG's, took the first round with his frustrating boxing but spent much of the next two rounds engaging in what was an ugly wrestling contest with the Argentinian, who didn't seem to know quite what he was up against. It seems that Amnat the “amateur” style boxer is almost exactly the same as Amnat the “professional” boxer.
Whilst Amnat's bout was an ugly slop-fest the same cannot be said if his countryman Saylom Ardee, who progressed at 69KG's. Ardee looked really good with an intelligent body attack that helped him earn a split decision over Pavel Kastrami of Belarus. Ardee will be joined in the next round by Uzbek fighter Shakhram Giyasov, who scored a good win over Spaniard Youba Sissokho Ndiaye.
In fact it turned out to be a perfect session for Asian fighters as lanky Azeri star Teymur Mammadov over-came determined Ukrainian Denys Solonenko in a bout at 81Kg's. Mammadov was given a really good test here but in the end he was too skilled for the hard nosed Solonenko.
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