The Spanish Gabriel Escobar, European champion, was placed one step away from the medals in the boxing flyweight of the Olympic Games by defeating this Saturday 4-1 to Bulgarian Daniel Asenov.
In a rematch lawsuit for the 2019 European Championship final, Escobar took advantage in the first round with good combinations; put the ‘jab’, insisted on the 1-2 and with waist movements he escaped the attacks of the rival to win the favorable vote of four of the five judges.
Converted into a machine to throw blows, with waste of physical expense, the Spanish also proposed in the second in which he did good hits with the ‘upper’ and he completed his work in the third round in which he maintained his hand and leg speed and showed good defense after hitting.
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Escobar took four votes by 29-28 and Asenov was favored by one with the same margin, which placed the Hispanic at the gates of the Olympic medal; in the semifinals He will face Kazakhstan Saken Bibossinov next Tuesday, who eliminated Frenchman Billal Bennama 5-0.
El mosca is the only boxer from Spain with a chance to get on the podium, after the defeat of heavyweight Enmanuel Reyes, who lost 4-1 on Friday to the Cuban Olympic champion Julio La Cruz, in a controversial decision. After the judges voted a draw at the end of the second round, they denied the best third round of the Spanish and gave the victory to the Caribbean.
On the evening billboard this Saturday the Cuban Yosbany Veitia beat ghanes Teteh Sulemanu 5-0, whom he dominated in the nine minutes of combat and will face in the quarterfinals of the flies the British Galal Yafai, medalist of the European championships, winner 3-2 of Patrick Chinyemba, of Zambia.
In the morning the Colombian Yuberjen Martinez, Olympic runner-up beat world runner-up 4-1 Amit Panghal, from India, and remained one of Latin America’s medal hopes at flyweight.
Martínez secured the victory in the third round in which he took advantage with a good repertoire of blows; he hit with his straight, with hooks, with the ‘upper’ and before an opponent who could not hold the rhythm, he grabbed, threw the protector to the ground and was overcome, although the Australian judge saw him as the winner.
Yuberjen, the 2017 World Cup bronze medalist, will face the Japanese for a medal on Tuesday Ryomei Tanaka, who beat the Chinese 3-1 Juanguan Hu.
In the other quarterfinal fights in the flyweight, this Saturday the Uzbek Shakhobidin Zoirov, world champion, beat Daniel Varela de Piña, from Mauricio, 5-0 and will face the Filipino on Tuesday Carlo Goodbye, winner by a similar margin against Algerian Mohamed Flissi.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.