By Scott Christ
The lightweight quarterfinals are set, as are the round of 16 matchups in the middleweight and super heavyweight divisions.
Day four of the boxing in Rio has wrapped up. Here’s what we saw in the evening session.
Men’s lightweight (60kg) (Round of 16)
Dorjnyambuugiin Otgondalai (Mongolia) vs Enrico La Cruz (Netherlands)
- Scores: 29-28, 27-30, 29-28
This was a true split after two rounds, one judge with La Cruz ahead 2-0, one with Otgondalai ahead 2-0, and the other card even at 19-19. The third round was as closely contested as the rest of the fight. La Cruz boxed well in spurts, and Otgondalai caught him with a good right hand, and showed the aggression, but also held in close a fair bit. He wound up getting the result he wanted, though, and it’s a tough, tough loss for La Cruz, who fought well here and had an argument for sure.
Reda Benbaziz (Algeria) def. Adlan Abdurashidov (Russia)
- Scores: 29-27, 29-27, 30-26
A really strong performance from Benbaziz, as he pretty much shut Abdurashidov down for the majority of this fight, leaving the Russian look outclassed and bewildered at times. Benbaziz will face Otgondalai in the quarterfinals.
Sofiane Oumiha (France) def. Amnat Ruenroeng (Thailand)
Ruenroeng was the last of the three pros standing, and now he’s done, too. Ruenroeng started pretty well here, winning the first round in my view, but Oumiha forced two standing eight counts in the second round, and when a third came in the third round, the referee stopped it right before the corner was about to do so.
Albert Selimov (Azerbaijan) def. David Oliver Joyce (Ireland)
- Scores: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
The first round saw Selimov flat outclass Joyce, but the Irishman didn’t give up, and gave Selimov a decent test in the latter two rounds. Selimov was generally still in control, but Joyce gave this everything he had against a decorated veteran amateur and medal favorite.
Men’s middleweight (75kg) (Round of 32)
Hosam Abdin (Egypt) def. Merven Clair (Mauritius)
- Scores: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Clair looked like a talented young fighter here, but Abdin seemed better prepared for the stage, and did a great job neutralizing his opponent in the first two rounds. Clair did a bit better in the third, but that one went to Abdin, too, which is fair enough. Abdin will now face Wilfried Ntsengue of Cameroon in the round of 16.
Krishan Vikas (India) def. Charles Conwell (United States)
- Scores: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Conwell displayed an astonished disbelief when Vikas had his hand raised, but Vikas won this fight. The first two rounds went Vikas’ way, and Conwell just wasn’t quite on Vikas’ level. Vikas is an amateur veteran and two-time Olympian who has medaled in competitions as a lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight, so that’s nothing to be ashamed of. You may remember Vikas from 2012, when he was announced as the winner against Errol Spence Jr, only for Spence’s appeal to change the decision.
Önder Sipal (Turkey) def. Benny Muziyo (Zambia)
- Scores: 28-29, 29-28, 29-28
Muziyo was great fun to watch, tall and lanky but fighting like a madman, Orlando Salido-style, and this wound up being a hell of a fight.
Daniel Lewis (Australia) def. Tomasz Jabłoński (Poland)
- Scores: 29-28, 29-28, 28-29
This was a tough fight, rugged sort of action, a bit ugly at times, and it came down to the third round with things level after two. Lewis landed the better shots in that third round, and got the win. He’ll face Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan next.
Men’s super heavyweight (91+kg) (Round of “32”)
Magomedrasul Majidov (Azerbaijan) def. Mohamed Arjaoui (Morocco)
- Scores: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
A fairly one-sided win for Majidov, who now moves to the round of 16 to face Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan. Both of them won bronze medals at London 2012, so it’s quite a matchup to have in the round of 16.
Source:: Bad Left Hook