Stoyka Krasteva eliminated the US favourite in the Tokyo Olympic Games29 July 2021
Twenty-four preliminary contests were held in the sixth competition day at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan today where the bouts divided into two sessions. Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu won her unexpectedly difficult contest while Bulgaria’s Stoyka Krasteva eliminated one of the favourites today.
Altogether 24 European nations could send boxers to the Olympic Games to Japan where the continent have got 92 tough boxers including 33 women. Many of the European female and male boxers are among the medal and title favourites and title contenders in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The bout of the day
Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu is the defending European Games winner and EUBC European Champion at the women’s flyweight (51kg) but she was nervous in her opening contest in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Her Uzbek opponent, Tursunoy Rakhimova surprised her in the first round and Cakiroglu was in dangerous position after six minutes of fight. The Seed No.1 Turkish boxer used his distance better in the third round and she was able to turn back their unexpected difficult contest and survived the dangerous moments.
The surprise of the day
Bulgaria’s Stoyka Krasteva claimed two silver medals in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and after a short break she decided to return to the events in the last months of 2019. The Bulgarian flyweight (51kg) boxer had Olympic experiences from London and those paid off in a crucial battle against United States’ favourite Virginia Fuchs. The 36-year-old Krasteva moved ahead more in the second round and her speed guaranteed the successful attacks. The Bulgarian controlled the second and third rounds effectively and advanced to the quarter-finals after beating a tough opponent.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak is AIBA World Champion, EUBC European Champion and European Games winner at the men’s middleweight (75kg). He had perfect unbeaten record in the whole Olympic cycle therefore he is the main gold medal favourite of the weight class. The 26-year-old boxer, who had to wait for the sixth competition day to begin his campaign, started strongly against Japan’s Yuito Moriwaki and he worked in different rhythm. As usual, Khyzhniak launched more than 50 straight attacks per round and won his debuting contest by unanimous decision in Tokyo.
Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan is a strong fighter at the men’s middleweight (75kg) who proved even better and better performance in the Olympic cycle. The Armenian started slowly and his EUBC European Union Champion Slovakian rival, Andrej Csemez surprised him in the first round. Csemez is the first ever Slovakian boxer who won an Olympic contest but from the second round the Armenian stepped into the gas and dictated different rhythm. Darchinyan knew that he has to do more after the first round and delivered his very best therefore the Armenian could turn back their bout.
Great Britain’s Frazer Clarke started to compete for his proud nation still in 2009 as a youth boxer and he had to wait for 12 years to attend in an Olympic Games. Following Anthony Joshua and Joseph Joyce, he is Team GB’s super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer in an Olympics. Clarke earned several medals in the recent five years and opened with an emotional success in Tokyo. The 30-year-old boxer landed enough jabs against Ukraine’s Georgian-descent Tsotne Rogava to take the lead on the scorecards. Clarke, who won the Bocskai Memorial Tournament this February during his return to the events, was able to keep his same level until the last gong.
France’s Mourad Aliev robbed into the best boxers of the super heavyweight (+91kg) with a silver medal at the Minsk 2019 European Games. The French boxer won the title at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Paris in the beginning of June where he was in top shape. Aliev used his strong athletic skills to avoid Tajikistan’s Siyovush Zukhurov’s punches in the first round and his stopping jabs cleared his pathway into the quarter-finals. The Tajik boxer received the right to attend in the Olympic Games only two weeks before the start due to an injury and Aliev was too strong for him.
Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic eliminated Canada’s Panamerican Games winner Mandy Bujold in the first preliminary round which was a big surprise in Tokyo. The small Serbian girl had to meet with one of the easiest rivals at the women’s flyweight (51kg), Burundi’s Ornella Havyarimana who received a wild card to attend in the Olympic Games. Radovanovic proved in all of the three rounds that she is a better boxer and eliminated her African rival which means she can box for the medal with Chinese Taipei’s Huang Hsiao Wen.
Russian Olympic Committee’s Gleb Bakshi is the reigning AIBA World Champion who is the main rival for Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak in the gold medal hunt of the men’s middleweight (75kg). The 26-year-old Russian faced with a tough opponent as first, United States’ AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Troy Isley returned to the national team to doo big things in Tokyo. Bakshi used his impressive technical skills especially in the second round and eliminated a top rival in the Olympics. His teammate at the super heavyweight (+91kg), Ivan Veriasov worked well against Cameroon’s tough Maxime Yegnong and his skills decided their contest.