Yesterday we had the third day of the boxing at the 2016 Olympics, which again had two sessions. The second session was an interesting one with some of the top seeds fighting in some notable bouts, and genuinely impressing, in what was an excellent session for Kazakhstan.
The first of the Kazakh's in action was the experienced Birzhan Zhakipov, who ended a horrible run for Asian's at 49KG's, as he over-came Namibia's Matias Hamunyel. Fight fans may well be aware that it was Zhakipov who prevented Naoya Inoue from making the 2012 Olympics, with a narrow decision, and the 32 year old is clearly one of the medal contenders here.
In another bout at 49KG's Ecuadorian Carlos Quipo beat Mongolian Gankhuyag Gan-Erdene with a unanimous decision, meaning that he joins Lu Bin and Rogen Ladon in watching the rest of the competition from the sidelines.
One of the most impressive performances saw far came from another Kazakh, Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, who dominated Great Britain's Anthony Fowler in a very one sided bout. Fowler had come into the Olympics with a heightened profile in his homeland but was given a real beating here and was dropped en route to his loss. The promising Alimkhanuly has layed down the marker as one of the key men at 75KG's and could be very hard to beat.
Whilst Alimkhanuly was impressive the best was saved to last with 91KG Kazakh Vasiliy Levit looking like a monster as he dismantled Chinese fighter Yu Fengkai, who was pulled by his corner at the start of round 3. Levit was a star in the WSB and looks like a real one to watch during these Olympics, and is a man who looks like he could turn professional straight after the games and be put in with stiff opposition from the off.
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