To begin the day of boxing we saw promising Korean youngster Samgmyeong Ham take a split decision over Victor Rodriguez of Venezuela to progress at 56KG. The talented Korean shows the stereo-typical Korean fighting style in the opening 2 rounds, with an action pressure mentality, before boxing more intelligently in the final round when the result was in the bag.
Sadly it wasn't all great for Asian fighters at the weight and India's Shiva Thapa was unfortunate to draw Cuban sensation Robeisy Ramirez, with Ramirez claiming a clear decision over the Indian. Thapa gave his all but was outclassed by Ramirez who looked every bit the tournament favourite, and potentially a favourite for the Val Barker trophy.
A slow start by Tuvshinbat Byamba hampered him against Irish man Stephen Donnelly in a 69KG bout and although he tried to fight back he was never able to quite force himself into the bout against the more skilled Donnelly, who took a well earned split decision.
Staying at 69KG's we saw talented Uzbek Shakhram Giyasov over-come the the hungry but predictable Lithuanian Eimantas Stanionis. Stanionis came to fight but was unable to cope with the more technically able Giyasov who impressed the judges with accurate combinations, typically with Stanionis coming to him.
In the 81KG Elshod Rasulov, another Uzbek, was in action as he took on Great Britain's Joshua Buatsi. Unfortunately for Rasulov he became the first Uzbek to lose, suffering a 3rd round loss to Buatsi who looked like a star in the making. This loss for Rasulov saw Uzbekistan falling to 9-1 through the Olympics so far.
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