Pat McCormack and Caroline Dubois both secured impressive wins for Team GB on day four of Tokyo 2020 whilst heavyweight Cheavon Clarke was narrowly beaten.
It means McCormack becomes the second member of the team to reach the quarter-finals where he will box for a medal whilst Dubois seals her last 16 place.
For Clarke it means he exits the tournament at the last 16 stage.
The day began with a professional display from world number one, McCormack, who defeated Aliaksandr Radzionau of Belarus unanimously to ease into the next round. He will face Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov.
McCormack said, “I felt like it was comfortable today, it was messy at times, but I thought I won easily. I have beaten the Uzbek, who has just won the first fight there, but I want to beat him and rule the world.
“There is no bigger prize in sport than an Olympic gold medal. I have dreamed of that since watching Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell win it.”
On her senior Olympic debut, Dubois, followed in the same vein when she took on Kosovo’s Donjeta Sadiku. The 20-year-old was rarely troubled throughout the three rounds and will now face World Championship medallist Rashida Ellis of the USA in the last 16 of the lightweight contest.
Dubois said, “Watching everybody else box was making me more and more nervous.
“Normally I’m the first on so that’s out of the way now and no more pressure, but it had been building and building because seeing people going forward and fighting and I just couldn’t wait to get in the ring. Luckily I came through.”
“This is the Olympic Games. This is where dreams are made or broken.
“We all want the same thing. We’re used to fighting in empty arenas and we go to small tournaments, so this isn’t really that different to what I’m used to.
“It’s mad because when I was eleven years old, I was watching Katie (Taylor) and Natasha (Jonas) going through the Olympics.
“Now that I’m here, it feels a bit surreal. I’m like ‘wow, I’m really at an Olympic Games.’ I keep having to catch myself and think ‘damn, this is it!’ There’s always that pressure that comes with it.”
It was a frustrating end to the action for Great Britain as Cheavon Clarke was on the wrong side of a tightly contested split decision (4:1) against Brazil’s Abner Teixeira, ending his Olympic journey in Tokyo.
Three boxers will represent Team GB tomorrow (Wednesday 28thJuly) at the Kokugikan Arena.
Up first, and making her Olympic debut is World and European middleweight champion and world number one, Lauren Price. She will face Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat at approximately 03.30am UK Time.
Ben Whittaker is next up against Abdelrahman Salah Orabi of Egypt in his light-heavyweight last 16 bout at approximately 06.25am UK Time.
Concluding the action will be featherweight Karriss Artingstall, who takes on Australia’s Skye Nicolson where victory would see her progress to the semi-final stage and guarantee Great Britain’s first medal in boxing at Tokyo 2020.
Welterweight 69kg – Pat McCormack vs Aliaksandr Radzionau BLR – Pat wins via unanimous points decision
Lightweight 60kg – Caroline Dubois vs Donjeta Sadiku KOS – Caroline wins via unanimous points decision
Heavyweight 91kg – Cheavon Clarke vs Abner Teixeira BRA – Chevs loses via split decision (4:1)
Tomorrow’s bout info
Middleweight 75kg – Lauren Price vs Myagmarjargal Munkhbat MGL – Wednesday 28thJuly – 03.30am UK Time
Light-heavyweight 81kg – Ben Whittaker vs Abdelrahman Salah Orabi EGY – Wednesday 28thJuly – 06.25am UK Time
Featherweight 57kg – Karriss Artingstall vs Skye Nicolson AUS – Wednesday 28thJuly – 09.00am UK Time
How to watch the action can be found here.
The results of all the bouts involving boxers from Great Britain will be posted on GB Boxing’s social media channels and at www.gbboxing.org,.uk.
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