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Rio Olympics: Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko wins Heavyweight Gold

Monday at Riocentro Pavilion 6 saw the second Olympic Boxing Final of Rio 2016, with Russian World Champion Evgeny Tishchenko and Kazakhstan’s Vassily Levit going for gold. It was Levit who started the brightest, edging the first round with some superb attacking combinations, but Tishchenko’s longer reach always looked a threat. A strong final round from the Russian proved decisive, and Tishchenko’s arm was raised to the delight of his corner and the hundreds of Russian fans in the arena.

Earlier in the day, the crowds were treated to four bouts from the Women’s Lightweight (60kg) competition, the Men’s Flyweight (52kg) preliminaries, two Men’s Welterweight (69kg) Semi-Finals, and four Men’s Middleweight (75kg) Quarter-Finals.

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Disappointed Indian boxer Vikas laments lack of international exposure

Having missed out on a medal at the Rio Olympics following his loss in the quarter-finals, Vikas Krishan Yadav asserted that the administrative logjam in Indian boxing has contributed to the team's poor performances in Rio.

Vikas went down 0-3 to Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals of the men's Middleweight (75kg) category on Monday which brought an end to the Indian challenge in the boxing ring at the ongoing Rio Games. Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) had earlier crashed out of their respective weight categories.

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Rio Olympics Sunday Boxing Wrap: Dusmatov wins Gold, three other classes get underway

A packed Riocentro Pavilion 6 on Sunday witnessed the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Boxing Tournament, as Uzbekistan’s Light Flyweight (49kg) Hasanboy Dusmatov delivered a superb performance against Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez to win the Olympic title. The day also saw the first contests in the Women’s Middleweight (75kg) competition, the Men’s Bantamweight (56kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg) preliminaries and two Lightweight Semi-Finals.

Dusmatov had been made to work hard to reach Sunday’s final, and came up against an in-form Colombian who had himself overcome the much-fancied Cuban Johanys Argilagos in the semis. There was little to call between the two boxers early on, but Dusmatov grew into the bout, combining some rapid-fire combinations with resolute defence, and not even a third-round flourish from Martinez could stem the tide. Dusmatov became the first gold medalist of Rio 2016 and a worthy Light-Flyweight champion, while Martinez’s silver was the first-ever for Colombia.

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Rio Olympics: Dusmatov out-boxes Martinez for light-flyweight gold

Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusmatov gave a how-to boxing tutorial to Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez to win the light-flyweight gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

In a much-anticipated bout on Sunday, Dusmatov moved around the ring quickly and well, kept his guard up in the face of Martinez's punches and earned a unanimous favorable decision by the three judges, thus becoming the first Uzbek to grab a gold in Rio so far this year.

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Boxing: Heavyweight final line-up confirmed at Rio Olympics

It was a memorable day of Olympic Boxing on Saturday as the Men’s Olympic Flyweight (52kg) competition got up and running with eight preliminary bouts followed by the Welterweight (69kg) Quarter-Finals, two Heavyweight semis and the return of the Super Heavyweights (+91kg), including a first appearance from current World Champion Tony Yoka. With the legendary Floyd Mayweather and members of the US Basketball team watching from the stands in a packed Riocentro Pavilion 6, the halfway stage of the competition was reached in grand style, as a series of TKOs raised the roof.

Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Sattibayev got the action underway with an emphatic win over Puerto Rico’s Jeyvier Cintron, setting up an exciting second round tie with top-seed Alvin Mamishzada on Monday. Brendan Irvine then struggled to contain the formidable firepower of Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zhoiroz, and although the Irishman found some rhythm as his Olympic debut wore on, the Uzbek registered a comfortable win and now meets USA’s Antonio Vargas, winner against Brazil’s Juliao Neto.

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