Category “Olympic Boxing”
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In the flyweight final in men’s boxing, Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia forced his way in with an upset over the top seed, thus giving NBC’s tongue-tied Teddy Atlas, who’s had enough problems with names thus far, a whole new challenge indeed. Nyambayar used a jab to near-perfection in mastering the…

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The last time Japan’s Ryota Murata went up against Brazil’s Esquivo Falcao Florentino, the outcome was hardly in doubt. Well, in the rematch, Florentino closed the gap, about as far as it could be closed, but it still was not enough, as Murata took Olympic gold in the middleweight division….

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Clemente Russo didn’t appear to come into the ring with very much of a game plan, and as a result he will be taking home silver for the second straight Olympiad. Russo, the heavyweight representative of Italy in these Games, could not figure out what to do with Oleksandr Usyk…

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Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo won the Olympic gold medal on Saturday, using superior boxing ability to stave off Denys Berinchyk of the Ukraine in the light welterweight final at the ExCel Arena in London. Iglesias had Olympic experience before; the southpaw was a bronze medalist in Beijing, and was actually…

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Shiming Zou of China, the defending Olympic champion and the AIBA world champion, won another gold medal today as he beat Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand in the light flyweight final in London. Zou was technically superior than Pongprayoon over the first couple of rounds, and led by a score of…

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By Jackie Kallen It was exciting to see women’s boxing for the first time in the Olympics. And it was a proud moment for American athletes when Clarissa Shields got her gold medal. But what happened to our male team? Why didn’t the US have a better group of boxers?…

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Great Britain missed having a finalist in the middleweight division at the Olympics,. but the fans at the ExCel Arena should have an exciting middleweight final to see nonetheless; a rematch of a bout from last year’s World Championships. Anthony Ogogo faced off against Brazil’s fourth-seed, Esquivo Falcao Florentino in…

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Clemente Russo won a silver medal for Italy in the 2008 Olympics. This time he seeks to take the final, and most decisive, step of all. Russo was a dramatic come-from-behind victor over Teymur Mammadov of Azerbijan in the semifinals of the heavyweight competition, while the Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk defeated…

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The two finalists in the Olympic light flyweight competition barely got their semifinal matches and now one of them will feel quite fortunate to achieve Olympic gold. Shiming Zou of China survived a very determined Paddy Barnes of Ireland in one of the 49 kg semifinal matches, with Kaeo Pongprayoon…

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Ireland’s Katie Taylor has now arrived at the ultimate destination. She’s won the Olympic gold. Taylor, who probably deserves the label of best female amateur boxer in the world, “pound-for-pound,” used her economical, efficient style to edge Sofya Ochigava of Russia 10-8 in a fight that really drove the partisan…

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Nicola Adams of Great Britain pulled off what most people in the ecstatic crowd considered a big upset over China’s three-time world champion, Cancan Ren, in a 16-7 victory that came surprisingly easy. Adams put forth a sensational effort. In the second round she actually scored a knockdown over Ren,…

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