This year’s Olympic boxing excitement is behind us, and it all ended with four finals, two each in the men’s and women’s competition, including the final match of the men’s super heavyweight, otherwise royal category, for the very end.
But this time let’s start chronologically from the start of today’s finals. And the first was held in the women's lightweight category, between Irishwoman Kellie Anne Harrington and Beatriz Ferreira from Brazil.
It was a match that the Brazilian opened better and held the lead after the first round, but Harrington took control for the next two and reached the fourth boxing gold for her homeland, making her the legitimate successor to currently big professional boxing star Katie Taylor.
This was followed by the men’s lightweight final between Andy Cruz of Cuba and American Keyshawn Davis. One great and the very dynamic match took place in great boxing, where Cruz took a 4-1 advantage in the first round, and Davis presented his best boxing in the tournament in the second.
The American entered with the advantage in the last round, but then Cruz decided to show why he was the favorite. He adjusted phenomenally, scored when he needed to, and unanimously took the round for his overall 4: 1 victory and the fourth gold for Cuba this year.
The last match of women's boxing was held in the middleweight category. Lauren Price got her gold there, the 27-year-old Welshwoman brought the UK second gold in Tokyo, after yesterday’s Galal Yafai in the flyweight category.
She was more than convincing against Chinese Li Qian, who won only the first round in the entire match according to one referee. But, as seen, Price more than deservedly dominated and continued to write her impressive sports story.
Namely, she is a former four-time world kickboxing champion, and she achieved all this before her 20th birthday, but also a former football player. She reached the Welsh national team for which she played twice, only to leave football in 2014 and dedicate herself to boxing.
In 2019, she reached European gold, and now Olympic gold. Sugar in the end was definitely a tough finale. Bakhodir Jalolov justified his status as the favorite and took the most brilliant medal, but much harder than at the 2019 World Cup, when he brutally knocked out his current opponent, the young American Richard Torrez.
Jalolov can now fully dedicate himself to professional boxing, in which he has already seriously stepped in and recorded eight victories, all by knockout within the first four rounds. Torrez failed to secure gold for the Americans but joined the aforementioned Davis and Duke Ragan, also defeated in the final.
But three silvers could satisfy American appetites, especially if we know that their Olympic boxing of the last couple of Games is in visible decline.