Olympics-Boxing-Gadzhimagomedov sizzles, Nyika shrugs off attempted bite to win

By Sudipto Ganguly

TOKYO (Reuters) – Heavyweight boxing world champ Muslim Gadzhimagomedov’s quote to include Olympic gold to his resume left to a persuading start on Tuesday prior to New Zealander David Nyika’s Games launching was blighted by a tried bite from his Moroccan challenger.

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nyika won the very first 2 rounds easily, leaving an annoyed Youness Baalla to attempt and dig his teeth into his challenger’s ear throughout a hold in the last round.

Nyika handled to take out in time and was later on handed a unanimous success on points.

“I’ve always backed myself and backed the people around me to lift me up,” Nyika stated. “I know I am capable of great things. I have every intention to be towards the top of that podium.”

Contending in Tokyo as an agent of the Russian Olympic Committee due to the fact that the nation was removed of its flag and anthem for doping offenses, Gadzhimagomedov is odds-on preferred to include the Tokyo gold to his 2019 world title.

He took a couple of seconds to evaluate his veteran Algerian challenger Abdelhafid Benchabla however then produced a dominant efficiency.

Gadzhimagomedov’s heavy mix punches left Benchabla in problem and an ideal hook from the Russian required the 34-year-old to drop on his knee and deal with the standing 8 count from the referee.

Britain’s Pat McCormack, the front runner in guys’s welterweight, likewise had a comfy outing versus Aliaksandr Radzionau of Belarus and advanced to the quarter-finals with a 5-0 win.

McCormack, whose twin bro Luke has actually likewise reached the last 8 phase in the light-weight department, will next fulfill Bobo-Usmon Baturov.

“I saw him just win the first round. He is a good fighter but if I’m on my game then I will beat him,” stated McCormack, who will turn expert after the Games.

“I felt like it was comfortable today. It was a little bit messy at times but I won easy. I’m happy being top seed. I always reach my seeding in tournaments so hopefully I will reach it in this one and bring that gold medal home.”

Turkey’s ruling welterweight world champ and front runner Busenaz Surmeneli was too strong for Karolina Koszewska of Poland throughout her 5-0 win.

Taiwan’s Chen Nien-Chin, who won the welterweight world title in 2018, likewise advanced after a 3-2 win over Italy’s Angela Carini in the last bout of the day’s opening session.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; modifying by Ed Osmond)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.