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20 APRIL 2014

 

Olympic Final Day 1 Round-Up


Great Britain’s James DeGale, who beat Ireland’s Darren Sutherland in yesterdays 75Kg semi final, won gold today after beating Cuban middleweight Emilio Correa 16-14.

Dominican Republic light welterweight Felix Diaz also won gold today following a 12-4 win over 2004 Olympic gold medallist Manus Boonjumnong of Thailand. Diaz beat Ireland’s John Joe Joyce on a 26-24 count-back after both boxers finished at 11-11 in their last sixteen clash.The St Michael’s Athy boxer conceded two points in the bout after receiving a first round public warning. With the exception of Ken Egan, who boxes in tomorrow’s final, all of the five man Irish squad, including Paddy Barnes and John Joe Nevin, were beaten by boxers who have reached their finals. Barnes was beaten by Chinas Shiming Zou and Nevin outpointed by Mongolia’s Badar - Uugan Enkhbat, both of whom are favourites to win gold in tomorrow’s finals.


Thai flyweight Somjit Jonajohor won the first of today’s finals after outclassing Cuban Hernandez Laffita, followed by a featherweight victory for Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko, another class act, who beat Khedafi Djelkhir of France.

But the Frenchman took three standing counts in the first round against the explosive Lomachenko today and the fight was stopped. Russian heavyweight Rakhim Chakhkiev beat Italian World champion Clemente Russo 4-2 in the heavyweight final. The boxing event at the 29th Olympiad will conclude with six finals tomorrow.


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