| 2012 Olympic Boxing results - Manoj Kumar Marches On In London & more...
By SecondsOut, special to Doghouse Boxing (Aug 2, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By SecondsOut.com on Doghouse Boxing. Boxing continued with the evening session at the ExCeL arena on day four
of the London 2012 Olympic Games as the remaining eleven Men’s Light
Fly (46-49kg) and Light Welterweight (64kg) bouts went ahead. The
capacity crowd was once again treated to a pugilistic feast.
First up in the Light Flyweights (46-49kg) was the fledgling star from Puerto Rico Jantony Ortiz Marcano versus the 19-year-old Ghanaian Tetteh Sulemanu.
These two put on a good show with Ortiz Marcano, who won the AIBA
American Olympic Qualifying Event Rio de Janeiro 2012, setting the early
tempo and scoring a lot of points with some well placed shots. The
young orthodox Puerto Rican confirmed his growing reputation with a
performance full of verve to notch up a 20:6 win. He will now test
himself against one of the best in the business, David Ayrapetyan from
The 18-year-old Ortiz Marcano was all smiles
after the bout, declaring, "It was absolutely amazing. The work my
coaches did in getting me ready for this fight was fantastic, it is
thanks to them I won. I also dedicated this victory to my family". On
facing Ayrapetyan, he said, "He is a big name but I am confident in my
ability, I have been working extra hard to ensure I am ready for
Then experienced 23-year-old Ferhat Pehivan from Turkey, a veteran of three AIBA World Boxing Championships, came through his test against the American-born Trinidadian Carlos Suarez.
The Turkish southpaw had a game plan, to keep his defences up high and
look to counterpunch the exuberant Suarez. The tactic worked perfectly
as he caught the onrushing 18-year-old with some well crafted
combinations to take the first two rounds. Suarez was however the real
showman in the ring, playing to the crowd, grimacing and enjoying his
Olympic experience as much as possible even though he was comfortably
defeated 16:6 by the better boxer.
An intriguing contest ensued between Spanish 25-year-old Jose de la Nieve Linares and the diminutive Carlos Quipo Pilataxi from Ecuador, 22. It was the younger of the two orthodox fighters who
claimed the first round after finding his target with some hard
penetrating rights. Quipo Pilataxi was looking more and more confident
and his deceptively hard punches were both hurting the Spaniard and
wearing him down. The spectators were enjoying this and were chanting,
"Ecuador, Ecuador" for much of the third round as he went on to power to
a deserved 14:11 win.
There was a huge contingent of Thai fans in the arena out to support veteran 32-year-old multiple-Southeast Asian Games Kaeo Pongprayoon in his bout against the winner of the AIBA African Olympic Qualifying Event Casablanca 2012, Mohamed Flissi of Algeria. It started off at breath-neck speed with Pongprayoon
quickly looking to move inside and Flissi trying to use his height and
reach advantage as a lot of punches were being thrown. The experienced
Thai used a far greater repertoire of shots in the second and third
rounds and caught Flissi with several hard overhead rights to progress
with a well-taken 19:11 victory. Quipo Pilataxi now awaits Pongprayoon
in the next preliminary round.
27-year-old Bulgarian Aleksandar Aleksandrov faced international level newcomer Juliano Fernando Gento Maquina from Mozambique in what was one-sided contest. Aleksandrov started
well, calmly moving towards his opponent with the jab before throwing
some neat one-twos to take the first round. Maquina tried to up his game
and even though the southpaw was positive, he walked into a couple of
hard shots, which one in particular hurt him as he took a standing eight
count from the referee. The Bulgarian orthodox fighter went on to win
convincingly 22:7 and will now challenge second seed Jonghun Shin of
Korea for a spot in the quarter-finals.
The bouts were coming thick and fast as the
Light Flyweights (46-49kg) gave way to the Light Welterweights (64kg)
with Turkmenistan’s Serdar Hudayberdiyev and Manoj Kumar from India then taking centre stage. The tall Turkmen orthodox, a
veteran of three AIBA World Boxing Championships, was having some joy
with the jab in the first as both boxers shared the points in the round.
Kumar, the 2012 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, came back strong in
the second however, throwing some big punches that stunned
Hudayberdiyev. The Indian had huge support from the crowd and upped his
level once again to take the third and inflict a 13:7 defeat on his
rival. Kumar faces one of the big medal contenders next, Great Britain’s
2012 African Cup of Nations winner Louis Richarno Colin of Mauritius was hugely impressive in the first two rounds of his battle with the 24-year-old Moroccan Abdelhak Aatakni,
moving well and unleashing a succession of precise body shots to his
opponent’s kidneys. Fighting at close quarters in the third, Colin’s
superior shot-making was cheered on by a huge section of the packed
arena, his uppercuts piercing Aatakni’s defences repeatedly as he went
on to win 16:10.
When asked about his performance Colin was
keen to share his views, "It was a tough, I got drawn in to fight at
close quarters and I normally like to keep my distance. Having trained
in Cardiff with the Road to London program, I was ready to and able to
change my style".
Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg from
Mongolia was not in short supply of fans with a huge number of his
countrymen in the crowd supporting him and it spurred the southpaw as he
dominated the 22-year-old Zdenek Chladek, a 2008 AIBA
Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist. The 30-year-old from
the capital city Ulanbaatar had too much about him for his rival,
hurting the Czech Republic man with some hard combinations in their
contest. There was a swagger about Uranchimeg as he fainted and weaved
his way through three impressive rounds to record a 20:12 victory. The
Mongol now meets Colin in the second stage of the competition.
Quality orthodox fighter Jeffrey Horn has been in fine form since taking the AIBA Oceania Olympic Qualifying
Event gold medal in Canberra in March and proved his worth with a
polished performance against Zambia’s Gilbert Choombe.
The 24-year-old Australian boxed clever, using his jab to good effect
before throwing some good one-twos to take a five point lead after the
first round. Choombe put up a much better resistance in the second, but
in the final round Horn worked his rivals body well before pouncing with
a couple of excellent shots as he prevailed in style 19:5.
Azerbaijan’s stocky 21-year-old Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev began brightly in his contest versus Abderrazak Houya,
connecting with some vicious right hooks to take the first round. He
continued to set the pace in the second, throwing some clean shots, but
after getting caught by a hard left from his opponent, he began to sag
and Houya came back to draw that one. The 25-year-old Tunisian’s corner
were extremely animated in between rounds and when the third got
underway, their boxer was straight out of the blocks, pummelling
Gadzhialiyev with an array of exquisite punches that saw him claw his
way back and claim a thunderous third round to take a 19:11 victory.
Houya’s coach declared after the bout, "We
knew he could do it, he is in great shape and has been working extremely
hard. We told him to go for it, that he had nothing to lose and he has
made us and his country proud. Now we are aiming for the
In the final bout of the day, the quick feet of Anthony Yigit made the difference against Francisco Vargas Ramirez of Puerto Rico in the opening rounds as the Swedish southpaw got the
better of his taller opponent by landing some good body shots. Vargas
Ramirez began using his jab more in the second but a slick Yigit moved
up a gear in the final round to secure his progress by winning 13:9. The
20-year-old Swede must now face the tough second seed from Ukraine
The much anticipated Heavy (91kg) and Super
Heavyweight (+91kg) categories get underway tomorrow along with the
second preliminaries of the Bantamweight (56kg) with some huge names
taking to the ring. It promises to be a spectacular day of action.
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