Boxing Olympic Qualification – Amman | Day 3 As It Happened

Bout-by-bout text updates, video highlights, and reaction from the third day of Asia/Oceania qualifiers, as Olympic Channel brings you all the action on the Road to Tokyo 2020

By Ben Dirs ·

Ding-ding, day three, at the the Olympic Boxing Qualification event in Amman, Jordan.

We've got another action-packed couple of sessions on Thursday 5th March, with text updates on every bout (day 3 schedule here) and the best of the reaction below.

And you can watch all the action live, and without subscription or payment, Olympic Channel right here.


20 Feb - 15 Mar 2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournaments

Dakar, Amman, London, Buenos Aires, Paris

Day 3 - Thursday 5th March - Live Blog

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18:02 - Another great day done

What a way to finish the day, with an upset not a lot of people saw coming. Ruzmetov looked to be taking control in that last round but that right hook from Aokuso and the standing count it triggered changed it all.

Right, another day done and dusted, I will see you again for day four tomorrow. God speed.

Paulo Aokuso of Australia upsets the second seed and reigning world silver medallist Dilshod Ruzmetov from Uzbekistan

“I’ve been throwing that right hook all night and he’s been falling for it so I kept throwing it and there you go. It feels amazing to topple the second seed in my first international fight. It’s going to be a bright future for me.” - Paulo Aokuso (Australia)

18:01 - Aokuso of Australia topples second seed

The day's last bout is between Paulo Aokuso of Australia against Uzbekistan's second seed and reigning world silver medallist Dilshod Ruzmetov. Two southpaws, pretty cagey opening, nice jab by Aokuso, followed by a sweet uppercut. There were some clubbing lefts from the Uzbek, too, but it's 4-1 to the Aussie in round one.

Ruzmetov with more urgency at the start of the second but not much landing clean. Good work up close by Ruzmetov, Aokuso not throwing anywhere near as much in round two. Lovely right jab by the Uzbek, Aookuso gets through with an uppercut on the bell, the Uzbek takes that round 5-0.

It's all on this last round. Some serious gun-slinging in round three and it's Ruzmetov getting through with the more telling shots up close. The Aussie looks shattered but he gets through with a wicked uppercut and flashing right hook - and it's a standing eight! Not sure about that, Ruzmetov didn't look in much trouble, but that's changed everything... Aokuso wins it on a split decision, great final fight.


Sachin Kumar may yet make it to Tokyo with a win in the box-off final

17:45 - Vietnam's Nguyen through on a cut

Two more light-heavyweight encounters left. Next it's Narmandakh Shinebayar of Mongolia against Manh Cuong Nguyen of Vietnam. Not much in the first round and the judges give it to the Vietnamese 4-1.

That's a bad cut over Shinebayar's left eye, caused by a nasty clash of heads, and the fight is off. Rightly so, that's a shocker. Nguyen thinks he's won but we're actually going to the cards. Nguyen does indeed win via a split decision and is through to the last eight.

China’s Chen Daxaing after defeating third seed Erkin Adylbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan


“The first round was a bit of a struggle but then my coach told me to use my height and reach advantage over my opponent, when I started doing that I felt more at ease and managed to win the fight. I’m now closer to my dream of qualifying for Tokyo 2020” - China’s Chen Daxaing

17:35 - India's Kumar eases through to last eight

Chen of China will fight the winner of this next bout between Dee Ioapo of Samoa, via Sydney, and Sachin Kumar of India. Both men making their debuts in the tournament, let's see what they've got.

Southpaw Kumar with a thudding left to the body and a lovely short left to the chin. Ioapo struggling to get a foothold, Kumar quite happy to keep it at distance. That was all Kumar, and it should be 5-0 on the scorecards, and is. Same again in round two, and indeed in round three, Kumar made that look quite straightforward to be honest, unanimous decision, Chen of China next.

17:18 - Chen disposes of light-heavyweight seed

We move up to the 81kg light-heavyweight division and first in the ring it's third seed Erkin Adylbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan versus Daxaing Chen of China.

The smooth-headed Adylbek Uulu boxed at the 2016 Olympics and he's got good fundamentals, including a jab that scores and keeps his opponent at bay. But Chen getting through with more shots and it's the Chinese boxer who wins round one across the board.

The second round is similar to the first, with Chen the busier and landing with more punches, including two chopping rights. Same again, 5-0 Chen, the third seed heading out. Chen knows he's got this in the bag, keeping the guard high and taking no chances. Meanwhile, not much urgency from Adylbek Uulu and it's Chen who gets the unanimous decision and a quarter-final spot.

Iran’s Seyedshahin Mousavi overcomes Japan’s Yuito Moriwaki to advance to the last eight

17:02 - Mousavi outmuscles Moriwaki

Moriwaki and Mousavi are not attractive dance partners, they're getting tangled up after almost every exchange, and that's mainly due to the Iranian southpaw's tactics. Mousavi takes round one 4-1.

Mousavi is not a pretty boxer, his right cross often resembles a man trying to crack a boulder with a lump hammer. Good short left from Mousavi but Moriwaki just cannot work this puzzle out. He gets through with a couple of overhand rights but it's Mousavi across the board again. Moriwaki on his way out, it would seem.

We haven't seen much of this in Amman, hitting and hugging, but it's Mousavi's stock in trade. Horrible to watch but it has completely nullified Moriwaki. Not a nice way for Moriwaki to go out, for sure, but he lost it fair and square. Mousavi through on a unanimous decision and, who knows, he might do the same against China's Tanglatihan and reach the Olympics.

16:51 - Moriwaki looking to emulate Murata

Next in the ring it's Japanese middleweight Yuito Moriwaki versus Iran's second seed Sevedshahin Mousavi. Moriwaki bidding to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Ryota Murata, who won middleweight gold at London 2012, as in the video below:

Murata Ryota claims Olympic gold at London 2012

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“Even though I feel that my technique and defence today wasn’t as good, I’m happy to come away with the win.” - Tanlatihan Tuooheta Erbieke of China.

16:46 - Erbieke of China with rare stoppage

Now it's Weerapon Jongjoho of Thailand versus Tanlatihan Erbieke of China. Jongjoho makes the faster start but Tanglatihan chisels his way into the round and lands with a couple of nice left-right combinations. Ripper of an overhand right on the bell from the Chinese boxer, and it's a 5-0 round.

We are seeing some of these teenage talents who caught the eye in round one being sorted out by men in round two. Erbieke can't miss with the right cross and Jongjoho hits the deck in dramatic fashion - one of those delayed knockdowns - and that's game over. Strange, the referee seemed to call a slip, before Jongjoho was marched to the doctor, who called it off. Erbieke goes through with a rare stoppage.

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16:35 - Tough Amankul outpoints Kim

Kakhramonov will box either Jinjea Kim of South Korea or Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan, a former world silver medallist. Even opening to the bout, and we have a rare contest with two orthodox boxers. Kim with the better start, but Aamankul took charge once he pinned his rival on the back foot. He sweeps the opener 5-0.

A standing eight for Kim as Amankul gets through with a big right hand. Kim still landing occasionally but his shots not having anywhere near the same effect. Big left cross from the Kazakh, he takes the round across the board, with one 10-8.

Kim trying until the end but it's like trying to punch holes in a cave wall, Amankul awarded a unanimous decision.

Fanat Kakhramonov of Uzbekistan books a ticket to the quarterfinals by defeating Samoa's Jancen Poutoa

16:18 - Kakhramonov marches into last eight

Time for some men's middleweights, third seed Jancen Poutoa of Samoa versus Fanat Kakhramonov of Uzbekistan, who looked a very tough proposition in his opening bout.

The Uzbek has a jackhammer of a left hand but he's struggling to land it in round one, Poutoa is an elusive target. But Kakhramonov has probably done enough to win that first round... he does so, 5-0.

Lovely left-hand counter from the Uzbek and he's really grinding his rival down now, it must be like fighting a barn door, but a barn door with a very hard left hook. Both men look exhausted at the end of round two but Kakhramonov still landing with savage left hooks, he takes the second 5-0, including a 10-8.

Fighting Kakhramonov must be like fighting a man with a mallet, he really does do a lot of damage with that left hand. But I'm not sure it will be enough against a cuter, stronger opponent. It's enough to see off Poutoa, unanimously.


16:03 - Aussie Garside through to last eight

The winner of this bout will complete the men's lightweight quarter-final line-up, and it's Thailand's Atichai Phoemsap, who looked very handy in his first-round bout, against second seed Harry Garside of Australia, who received a first-round bye.

Phoemsap is a 2018 Youth Olympic gold medallist but it's Garside landing with the better punches early on as the Thai struggles to close the distance. Garside looking very sharp, lovely right hooks sweeping in from the southpaw stance. Both men holding their hands low and boxing in loose fashion, but Garside should take that round... he does, 4-1.

Phoemsap can't seem to bridge the gap without wearing one of Garside's ramrod jabs and that's a cracking right-left combination that must have hurt the Thai. And again, the teenage Thai up against some man strength here, and he can't quite deal with it. Well, I don't know what to make of that, Phoemsap takes the round 3-2.

Garside boxing with more urgency now, he will have seen those cards and not liked them much. Big clash of heads and both men have picked up cuts, the Thai under the eye, Garside on his forehead. The fight called off, we're going to the scorecards... the portion of the third round that had been completed will be scored and Garside gets the split decision.

15:48 - Uzbekistan's Abduraimov sees off game Palicte

Next up it's James Palicte of the Philippines versus Elnur Abduraimov of Uzbekistan. Abduraimov picking some nice punches early on but it's Palicte with the most eye-catching shot, a sweet right-hand counter. Palicte takes another big left cross before replying with a wicked right of his own. Two classy operators here, the Uzbek takes the opener 3-2.

The boxers from the Central Asian republics are generally tanks and you will often see that strength make the difference as a fight wears on. Both men exchange left and right crosses throughout round two and this is high quality boxing, it's probably a case of what the judges saw up close. Abduraimov sweeps it 5-0, Palicte has it all to do,

it all kicks off halfway through round three, some spectacular exchanges centre ring, the Uzbek getting the better of them. Palicte needed to do a lot more to turn the tide, and Abduraimov gets the unanimous decision.

India's Manish Kaushik is through to the quarters after defeating Chinese Taipei's Lai Chu-En

“I’ve faced this opponent before and I’ve beaten him but this time the strategy is different and I’m glad that it worked. He was really fast in the beginning and that was difficult for me but eventually he slowed down and I got the win” - Manish Kaushik (India)

15:32 - Birthday boy Kaushik gets perfect present

Now it's Manish Kaushik of India versus Chu-En Lai of Chinese Taipei, both men boxing for the first time. This is a proper dust-up and it's Kaushik, on his birthday, doing most of the damage from his southpaw stance. A couple of short left hooks from the Indian, plenty of ramrod jabs, and while Lai is landing, his work is more ragged. Kaushik takes round one 4-1.

Lai sinks a right into his rival's midrift before Kaushick jolts Lai's head back with a wicked left. Kaushik backs off after a bang to the top of the head - there seems to be a trend in this tournament of boxers deciding to take time-outs, which isn't really boxing. Kaushik corkcrews an uppercut through Lai's guard and it's 4-1 again. Plenty of endeavour from Lai, not enough quality.

We know what Lai is going to do here, chuck the kitchen sink at it. He does exactly that but it's not enough, Kaushik is awarded a unanimous decision. He boxes Mongolia's third seed Baatarsukh for a place in Tokyo.

Mongolia's Chinzorig Baatarsukh defeats Papua New Guinea's John Ume to advance to the quaterfinals

"It was a good fight and I’m happy that I won. My opponent was shorter than and very strong, but I managed to use my height to my advantage and got the win." - Chinzorig Baatarsukh (MGL)

15:16 - Baatarsukh beats Ume to make last four

Ume, short and squat and only 23, might struggle to get close to his taller opponent and it's Baatarsukh doing most of the early scoring from range. Nice work to the body from the Mongolian as Ume flails wildly and that little smile on the bell says it all, he knows he's up against it. 10-9s across the board for the Mongolian in round one.

Baatarsukh is a nice boxer and he's winning this at a canter. Not having to do anything elaborate, just patiently picking his punches. But Ume does rattle his opponent with a salvo of punches to the head, and that will encourage him. He gets through with another right over the top and the PNG man is making a contest of it, even though it's 5-0 to Baatarsukh again.

More success from Ume, this time with the jab, but the Mongolian replies with a three-shot combination. Baatarsukh is what you might call the boxing equivalent of an upmarket, four-door saloon car - it's not going to get many looks when you drive past, but it's a very smooth, classy drive. Baatarsukh by unanimous decision, but Ume was game as anything.

15:02 - Back at it...

Welcome back! First up this session we're back to the men's 63kg lightweights - winners of the next four fights will complete the quarter-final line-ups and be within one win of Tokyo.

The opener is between Mongolian third seed Chinzorig Baatarsukh and John Ume of Papua New Guinea. Baatarsukh the favourite, he boxed at Rio 2016 and is the reigning Asian Championships bronze medallist.

12:21 - One session down...

Right, that's session one in the bag. Join me for the second session, which kicks off in less than 3 hours, at 15:00 UTC/GMT, which will consist of the bottom half of the men's lightweight, middleweight and light-heavyweight draws. See you soon.

We'll leave you with this reaction from Amman:

12:15 - More home joy in Amman

We have one more bout in today's morning session, Jordan's Odai Alhindawi against Jolando Taala, the fourth seed from American Samoa. Lots of noise for the local boy, who is more experienced and rugged than his slicker opponent, who is not averse to a spot of showboating.

Difficult to separate the boxers in round one, but not that difficult, the Jordanian wins it 5-0. Couple of good short right hands from Taala as he starts to come forward a little more. Alhindawi lands with a couple of jabs before Taala has a point deducted for careless use of the head, which makes things extremely difficult for him. Big delay before the start of the third, not sure why, think we're waiting for the scores. That took far too long, and I'm still none the wiser. Sorry.

Taala turns southpaw, soon realises that's not going to make things any easier, and Alhindawi is just too tough and experienced for him. Alhindawi, a six-time champion of Jordan, nurses it over the line, gets the unanimous decision and is through to the last eight, where he will fight Thailand's Jakkapong Yomkhot for a place in Tokyo.

11:59 - Thailand's Yomkhot through to last eight

Next it's a men's light-heavyweight bout between Thailand's Jakkapong Yomkhot against South Korea's Ingi Hong. Yomkot dominates the first round and takes it 4-1, Hong didn't quite have it together there.

Hong swinging away in round two and while he lands with a few, he also wears some on his exposed chin. Lovely right uppercut by Yomkhot, and another, followed by a spearing overhand right. Yomkhot happy to stand and trade rather than use his height and reach advantage and while it's perhaps unnecessarily risky, it's working. 4-1 again...

Yomkhot of Thailand does enough in round three to earn a split decision win and seal a quarter-final spot.

Tajikistan's Shabbos Negmatulloev booked a last eight clash with top seed Nurdauletov

11:43 - Negmatulloev cruises through to last eight

Next is Faizullah Aryubi of Afghanistan versus Shabbos Negmatulloev of Tajikistan. It's a cagey opener that the Tajik wins across the board. Negmatulloev looks like he's having a gentle spar, very relaxed, but he's scoring with enough shots and not getting hit. Another 5-0 for Negmatulloev, Aryubi needs to throw the kitchen sink at his rival in round three, and even then it probably won't be enough.

Negmatuolloev showing off now, picking his rival off on the way in and planting his feet and throwing hurtful punches in the final minute. You won't see a more relaxed display in this, or perhaps any other, boxing tournament, Negmatulloev waltzes through to the last eight. He will box top seed Bekzad Nurdauletov next, and has a chance of beating him.

Indian middleweight Ashish Kumar is through to the last eight

11:31 - Asia's light-heavyweight legacy

There have been some pretty famous Olympic light-heavyweight champions, including American trio Andre Ward, Leon Spinks and Cassius Clay, later the great Muhammad Ali. Kazkhstan's Vassiliy Jirov was the first Asian man to win light-heavyweight gold, in Atlanta in 1996. Jirov went on to win the IBF cruiserweight title as a professional:

Jirov takes light heavyweight gold for Kazakhstan

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11:27 - Top seed Nurdauletov through to quarter-finals

Some light-heavyweights now, kicking off with world champion and top seed Bekzad Nurdauletov of Kazakhstan against New Zealand's Jerome Pampellone. Not much going on in the first half of the opening round, very much a scouting mission on both sides, but Pampellone certainly holding his own. Pampellone landing with some smart counter-right hands but the judges make it 3-2 Nurdauletov.

Pampellone pressing the action in the second and having plenty of success, off either hand. Nurdauletov struggling to impose himself on the Kiwi but he does get a couple of left hooks through. Another terrific left hook on the inside from the Kazakh, who had to win six bouts to become a world champion last year, so knows plenty of ways to win. 5-0 across the board for the top seed.

Nurdauletov suddenly looks the bigger man in round three, as often happens when a boxer takes control of a bout. Pampellone still giving it everything, and getting shots through, but Nurdauletov just knew too much - the top seed through to the last eight.

11:10 - India's Kumar through to last eight

The last middleweight contest of the session is India's Ashish Kumar versus Omurbek Bekzhigit Uulu of Kyrgyzstan, the fourth seed.

Kumar wins the first round across the board, using his height and reach advantage to great effect. Kumar is making Bekzhigit look very crude at times, keeping him at long range and forcing his rival to reach. Cracking right hand from Bekzhigit, he came on strong towards the end of that round. But it's Kumar who takes it 3-2, Bekzhigit needs something like a miracle.

The third round turns into a slugfest but most of Bekzhigit's right hands are missing by yards. Kumar nurses this bout over the line, staying out of range, and the Indian wins a unanimous decision and will box Indonesia's Maikhel Muskita for an Olympic spot.

Top seed Eumir Marcial cruised through to the last eight of the middleweight tournament
Indonesia's Maikhel Muskita won a cracking middleweight contest against Kiwi Ryan Scaife

10:54 - Indonesia's Muskita disposes of Kiwi Scaife

The next 75kg middleweight encounter is between New Zealand's Ryan Scaife and Maikhel Muskita of Indonesia. Scaife, all in black. Muskita, despite being only 19, looks by far the bigger man and it's a ding-dong opener, both boxers giving as good as they're getting. Muskita probably nicked it, some of those right hands came with relish. Yep, it's 3-2 Muskita.

Scaife, a Commonwealth Games quarter-finalist in 2018, keeps coming forward but Muskita is just a bit too cute for him, picking him off with jabs and not a few right hands. Well, the judges prefer Scaife, 3-2...

Big overhand right by Scaife, no quarter given. Couple of spearing jabs from Muskita, lovely short right, before Scaife stops him in his tracks with a chopping right cross. Good fight this. Scaife wears a beautiful combination from Muskita, but continues to throw. Cracking fight, both men giving it everything until the final bell, and it's a case of what do you prefer - Muskita's more accurate pinch picking or Scaife's relentless pressure? Muskita has it, via split decision.

10:40 - On the shoulders of giants

Some seriously good middleweights have boxed at the Olympics, including this bloke from Kazakhstan, who won a silver medal at Athens 2004:

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10:38 - Otgonbaatar books Marcial quarter-final

Next it's Syria versus Mongolia, Ahmad Ghousoon versus Byamba-Erden Otgonbaatar. Nip and tuck in the first half of the first round before Otgonbaatar wears one below the belt, turns his back and Ghousoon is on him like a caveman, beating him with left hooks. No respite from Ghousoon, nor the ref. Good right hand by a recovered Otgonbaatar and he takes round one 4-1.

Ghousoon wobbled by a wicked right hand - did a little dance there. Ghousoon is landing plenty, but Otgonbaatar is landing the crisper, more damaging punches. Excellent bout so far, Otgonbaatar takes round two 5-0.

Ghousoon touches down early in the third but it's ruled a slip. Looked like a left hook that did it. The Syrian being picked off now as Ghousoon, who will know he's miles behind, comes flailing forward. Some lovely work by Otgonbaatar, including a triple jab that stiffens his rival's legs, and that's pretty easy to score, Otgonbaatar books a quarter-final clash with top seed Eumir Marcial.

Jordan's Obada Alkasbeh is through to the men's lightweight quarter-finals

10:21 - Top seed Marcial beats Aussie Ruston

Marcial takes that first round 5-0 but he didn't have it all his own way, the Aussie's jab is clearly a weapon. Marcial holding the centre of the ring in round two and he lands with a lovely left to the bod, right uppercut and right hook. Marcial, hands below his waist, picks the more orthodox Ruston off with a couple of jabs, should be 5-0 again... and is.

Cracking left by Marcial, straight through Ruston's guard, and this is turning into a tough day's work for the Aussie. Great punch picking by the top seed down the stretch and Marcial earns a unanimous decision and is into the last eight.

10:13 - Marcial enters the building

Some middleweight action now, Filipino top seed and reigning World Championship silver medallist Eumir Marcial against Kirra Ruston of Australia There's a nice video about Marcial - who has been taking advice from compatriot and all-time boxing great Manny Pacquiao - below:

Eumir Marcial reveals how Manny Pacquiao's advice was key to his success

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10:06 - Safiullin pips Shan in rematch

Next up it's Jun Shan of China, a first-round winner, against Zakir Safiullin of Kazakhstan, the fourth seed who received a first-round bye. These boys met at last year's Asian Championships, Safiullin winning via a split decision.

Somehow Safiullin wins the first round 3-2, despite his opponent pressing the action and appearing to land more punches. Lovely left-right combo by Safiullin, who is also landing to the body. Better on the back foot from the Kazakh and that's a round he should win... and does, 4-1.

Both men giving it everything in round three and landing, but Safiulllin's shots seem to have more on them. Shan lands with a lovely combination before his rival replies with a couple of sweet left hooks and a big right hand. The Kazakh appears to have done enough... and has, Safiullin gets a split decision win and is through to a last eight bout against Jordan's Ashkan Rezaei.

09:50 - Rezaei of Iran hammers his way through

Next in the ring it's Jongseung Lee of South Korea and Ashkan Rezaei of Iran. Both men were given byes into round two.

It's Lee who takes the first round 4-1, showing superior movement and landing with some hurtful hooks. Rezaei starts pressing the action in round two, causing his rival to lose his shape, and that is reflected in the scorecards, 4-1 to the Iranian. Tremendous work from the Iranian's corner, it's all to play for in round three...

Clash of heads early in round three but no damage done. Lee with a nice left-right combination before Rezaei lands with a vicious left hook that wobbles Lee - the Iranian looks the stronger man as the fight wears on. Another left hook by the Iranian and Lee looking like a rag doll at times. That looked like Rezaei's fight to me - but what do I know? Enough, at least it would appear, the referee raises Rezaei's arm, Lee falls to his knees, justice done - a split decision victory.

Lightweight top seed Bakhodur Usmonov was excellent in reaching the last eight

09:33 - Jordan's Alkasbeh causes upset

Alkasbeh with the more positive start, the Japanese looking to set traps from his southpaw stance. Both of these men boxed at the Rio Olympics. Quite a racket in the Prince Hamzah Hall, plenty in to support local boy Alkasbeh. It's quite tasty up close, which is why Narimatsu prefers to stay on the back foot and counter. 4-1 Narimatsu, round one.

This bout being fought at a fierce pace, and it's the Jordanian setting it. Narimatsu picking Alkasbeh off with jabs on the back foot, the Jordanian landing with a few but taking more as he barrels forward. Lovely right uppercut from the Japanese boxer but here's a shock, Narimatsu finds himself on the deck at the end of the round - he complains it was a slip, but gets a count. Looked like a push. Whatever it was, it changed things completely, it's 4-1 to Alkasbeh and the Jordanian is bang in it heading down the stretch.

Alkasbeh swarming forward in round three but here's some lovely uppercuts by Narimatsu on the inside. Narimatsu looking tired now, legs ragged and arms heavy and he's on the canvas again, this time given as a slip. Alkasbeh lands with a big shot on the bell and this could go either way... Alkasbeh has nicked it, via a split decison! Narimatsu sinks to his knees in despair, he'll have to head to Paris for the world qualifier in May, otherwise known as Last Chance Saloon. Alkasbeh faces top seed in the last eight and a place in Tokyo.

09:20 - Local boy done good?

Next in the ring are local boxer Obada Mohammad Mustafa Alkasbeh and Japan's Daisuke Narimatsu, bidding for a place at his home Games. There's a nice video about Narimatsu below:

For friends and family - the Japanese athlete boxing to say thanks

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09:16 - Lightweight top seed Usmonov shows his class

It's Shahi on the back foot, Usmonov having to do most of the working out early on. Shahi lands with a southpaw left cross but Usmonov does start to cut down the ring as the round progresses and land with some punishing shots. Usmonov lands rights to body and head and the Tajik looks in complete control when the bell rings - 5-0 Usmonov.

Too often Shahi finding himself pinned in corners, which is testament to the top seed's ability to cut down the ring. Nothing Shahi throws can alter Usmonov's expression and the Tajik is picking his punches beautifully now. The referee taking a close look as the clock ticks down and Shahi is shipping punishment, buthet makes it through. 5-0 Usmonov, including two 10-8s.

The Nepalese boxer is game as hell, still coming back with shots as round three progresses. But Usmonov continues wading forward and landing almost at will. The referee really needs to give a standing count here, he's taking far too much punishment. The final bell tolls, and I can safely say the winner by unanimous decision, and through to the last eight, is top seed Usmonov.

09:02 - Boxing about to begin

Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan, who is the lightweight top seed and first in the ring against Nepal's Sani Shahi, recently signed for professional boxing management company MTK Global. If he qualifies for Tokyo, he will turn pro after the Olympics. If he doesn't, then he might turn pro beforehand. The winner of these lightweight bouts reach the quarter-finals.

08:40 - Morning fight fans

Good day and welcome to day three of Asia/Oceania Olympic boxing qualifying from Amman, Jordan.

Some fabulous boxing on the first two days and we'll no doubt see more of the same from Prince Hamzah Hall today. In the morning session we've got men's light, middle and light-heavyweight second-round contests. That means big guns enter the fray and the first bout of the day sees lightweight top seed and Asian champion Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan in action.

The first boxers will be in the ring at 09:00 UTC/GMT.

If you missed any of the action on day 2, you can watch the full evening session here:

Day 2 - Late Session | Olympic Boxing Qualification 2020 - Amman

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Day 3 - Morning session, 09:00 GMT/UTC.

1) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Bakhodur USMONOV (1, Tajikistan) v Sanil SHAHI (Nepal)

2) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Obada Mohammad Mustafa ALKASBEH (Jordan) v Daisuke NARIMATSU (Japan)

3) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Jongseung LEE (Republic of Korea) v Ashkan REZAEI (Iran)

4) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Jun SHAN (China) v Zakir SAFIULLIN Zakir (4, Kazakhstan)

5) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Eumir MARCIAL Eumir (1, Philippines) v Kirra RUSTON (Australia)

6) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Ahmad GHOUSOON (Syria) v Byamba-Erden OTGONBAATAR (Mongolia)

7) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Ryan SCAIFE (New Zealand) v Maikhel MUSKITA (Indonesia)

8) Men's Middle (75-81kg)

Ashish KUMAR (India) v Omurbek BEKZHIGIT UULU (4, Kyrgyzstan)

9) Men's Light-heavy (75-81kg)

Bekzad NURDAULETOV (1, Kazakhstan) v Jerome PAMPELLONE (New Zealand)

10) Men's Light-heavy (75-81kg)

Faizullah ARYUBI (Afghanistan) v Shabbos NEGMATULLOEV (Tajikistan)

11) Men's Light-heavy (75-81kg)

Jakkapong YOMKHOT (Thailand) v Ingi HONG (South Korea)

12) Men's Light-heavy (75-81kg)

Odai Riyad Adel ALHINDAWI (Jordan) v Jolando TAALA (4, American Samoa)

Day 3 - Evening session, 17:00 local time

13) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Chinzorig BAATARSUKH (3, Mongolia) v John UME (Papua New Guinea)

14) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Manish KAUSHIK (India) v Chu-En LAI (Chinese Taipei)

15) Men's Light (57-63kg)

James PALICTE (Philippines) v Elnur ABDURAIMOV (Uzbekistan)

16) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Atichai PHOEMSAP (Thailand) v Harry GARSIDE (2, Australia)

17) Men's Middle (59-75kg)

Jancen POUTOA (3, Samoa) v Fanat KAKHRAMONOV (Uzbekistan)

18) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Jinjea KIM (South Korea) v Abilkhan AMANKUL (Kazakhstan)

19) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Weerapon JONGJOHO (Thailand) v Tanglatihan TUOHETA ERBIEKE (China)

20) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Yuito MORIWAKI (Japan) v Seyedshahin MOUSAVI (2, Iran)

21) Men's Light-heavy (75-81kg)

Erkin ADYLBEK UULU (3, Kyrgyzstan) v Daixang CHEN (China)

22) Men's Light-heavy (75-81kg)

Dee IOAPO (Samoa) v Sachin KUMAR (India)

23) Men's Light-heavy (75-81kg)

Shinebayar NARMANDAKH (Mongolia) v Manh Cuong NGUYEN (Vietnam)

24) Men's Light-heavy (75-81kg)

Paulo AOKUSO (Australia) v Dilshod RUZMETOV (2, Uzbekistan)


20 Feb - 15 Mar 2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournaments

Dakar, Amman, London, Buenos Aires, Paris

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