Boxing Olympic Qualification – Amman | Day 4 As It Happened

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

By Ben Dirs ·

Seconds out, day four, at the Olympic Boxing Qualification event in Amman, Jordan.

Below you'll find the bout-by-bout round-up of another action-packed couple of sessions on Friday 6th March, and the best of the reaction below.

And you can watch all the action and best of the highlights 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 4 - Friday 6th March - Live Blog

All times UTC/GMT. Local time in Amman is UTC/GMT +2 hours.

18:25 - Time to say goodbye again

Well, another incredible day's boxing in Amman, the standard just keeps improving. A couple of sensational women's welterweight clashes, but the boxer of the day was probably by men's welterweight Bobo-Usman Baturov, who made talented New Zealander Dominic Roe look quite ordinary.

Another 24 bouts tomorrow on day 5 (full schedule here), consisting of eight women's flyweight contests, eight men's flyweight contests, and eight men's featherweight contests. Lots of small people going at it hammer and tongs, it should be enjoyable. I am going to say goodnight. Until tomorrow.

China’s Maimaiti Aihemaiti gets the final win of the night, defeating Iranian Iman Ramezanpourdelavari

“My opponent was very strong and powerful and it wasn’t very easy to beat him, but I used my height advantage to get the win.” - Maimaiti Aihemaiti (China)

18:12 - Maimaiti of China wins final bout of the day

One bout to go! And it's super-heavyweight, +91kg, clash. They're drip-feeding us the big boys. And, thankfully, we have some very simply names to deal with after a long day's boxing. In the red corner, Iman Ramezanpourdelavari of Iran and Maimaiti Aihemaiti of China. Stand by.

The Iranian fighting out of a southpaw stance and they're both boxing super-heavies with long ranges. Maimaiti with the best attack of the round, right on the bell, and it maybe won him the round, 3-2.

Both men look shattered halfway through the second and this is a fairly soporific end to a sometimes dramatic day. Maimaiti suddenly sparks into action and batters his rival across the ring and onto the canvas. Not sure where that came from. The referee calls it a slip, not sure about that, and here's another standing eight after a sweet right cross. 5-0 Maimaiti, including a 10-8.

Maimaiti sinking rights into the Iranian's midriff and the heart seems to have been beaten out of the man in red. Another right cross stiffens the Iranian, I have to say some of the refereeing in this tournament hasn't been quite caring enough. Maimaiti of China wins the final bout of the day via a unanimous decision, he'll box second seed Kamshybek Kunkabayev for a place in Tokyo.

“When I got the cut and saw the blood, it brought out the monster in me. It made me change my strategy and I kept a distance and played long shots and this helped me win.” - Syria’s Alaa Aldin Ghousoon

Syria’s Alaa Aldin Ghousoon advances to the final eight of the heavyweights after defeating India’s Naman Tanwar

17:55 - Syrian heavyweight Ghousoon into last eight

The penultimate bout of the evening is Naman Tanwar of India versus Alaa Ghousoon, whose brother, middleweight Ahmed, makes up the Syrian team.

Both men going at it from the opening bell and we have a head clash, southpaw Ghousoon wearing one on the forehead. The Syrian doing damage with the left-hand counter. But we have a cut, above Ghousoon's left eye. He's allowed to go on, but for how much longer? Ghousoon takes the first round 5-0.

Not much jabbing from Tanwar and round two is another messy affair, which Ghousoon is awarded 5-0 again. Tanwar needs a knockout... Tanwar warned for throwing his jab like a slap and Ghousoon is fairly untroubled to the end, winning a unanimous decision.

Iran’s heavyweight Toufan Sharifi snatches victory from China’s Han Xuezhen

17:39 - Iran's Sharifi books Tursunov match

Tursunov will box the winner of this match between Xuezhen Han of China and Toufan Sharifi of Iran.

Pretty rough and tumble first round and the Iranian takes it 3-2. This is not going to be an easy fight to score. Not much landing clean, and it's the kind of bout where one eye-catching shot can win the round. Sharifi takes round two 4-1.

That's put the cat among the pigeons, Sharifi deducted a point for dangerous use of the head. If he were to lose this third round, he could well lose a bout he was in control of. But Sharifi is awarded the decision, a split - on countback!

17:22 - Uzbek heavyweight Tursunov hammers out one-sided win

Some bigger fellas now, and the first heavyweight match of the session is Sanjar Tursunov of Uzbekistan versus Saadi Rabeah of Iraq. The Uzbek is short, squat, marauding and has quick hands, and Rabeah doesn't quite know how to handle him. 5-0 to the Uzbek third seed.

Tursunov is a very dangerous individual and his left hand is a particularly potent weapon. Big overhand right, which Rabeah wears well, and a lovely up-jab, which is another lovely bit of kit in his armoury. Another 5-0 round for the Uzbek.

Tursunov hasn't had enough, he's still barrelling forward in round three and throwing with evil intent, and he earns a one-sided unanimous decision victory.


“The first bout was OK but I want to improve from one bout to the next because I want to show my best at this tournament.” - Ablaikhan Zhussupov (Kazakhstan)

Kazakhstan’s Ablaikhan Zhussupov comfortably wins his opening bout against Misheelt Battumur from Mongolia

17:05 - Zhussupov sets up Masuk quarter-final

Masuk of Thailand will box either Misheelt Battumur of Mongolia or Ablaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan for a place in Japan.

Zhussupov is the second seed and he has plenty to live up to - Kazakhstan have won every men's welterweight gold medal since Athens 2004 - and he gets the better of a classy first round to take it 5-0. Battumur has a cut on his left eyelid but the doctor says he's okay to continue.

Lovely right hook by Zhussupov and a left as Battumur comes in. Battumur giving it his all and occasionally landing but Zhussupov in complete control, another 5-0 round. Zhussupov keeps it at long range in the third, until a nasty clash of heads. The doc has another look at that eye, and it's called off. Shame for Battumur, but Zhussupov was miles ahead and gets the unanimous decision. Plenty of talent in the 69kg division, that's for sure, and Zhussupov versus Masuk will be a cracker.

16:49 - Thai veteran Masuk through to last eight

Right, another welterweight contest now, Abdulla Hemrat of Bahrain versus Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand.

Masuk, who boxed at Rio 2016, was impressive in winning his opening bout and he controls round one against Hemrat, landing plenty of lefts to the body and almost doubling him over with one. Masuk takes round one 5-0, with one 10-8.

Hemrat trying to make it a brawl in round two but Musuk is too cute for that, and what a left cross that is, that turns Hemrat to stone and earns a standing count. A barrage leads to another standing eight and the towel comes in. Masuk is an impressive proposition, nobody will fancy boxing him.

16:38 - Impressive Vikas books Okazawa shootout

Nursultan Mamataly of Kyrgyzstan versus Vikas Kirshan of India now, the winner of this faces Okazawa for a place in Tokyo.

Vikas has had two paid fights in the United States and is bidding for a place in his third Olympics. He knows a thing or two. Lots of quality boxing in round one but it's Vikas, who looks a lot bigger than his opponent, who takes it across the board.

Lovely work to the body from Vikas, under Mamataly's elbows, before he lands a solid left cross. Mamataly on the seat of his pants but the referee rules it a slip. Lovely, lancing right hand straight through the guard makes Mamataly do a little dance and that's a standing count. 5-0 again for Vikas, all 10-8s.

Vikas knows he's done enough and takes his foot off the gas in round three, the Indian very impressive in earning a wide unanimous points win.

16:23 - Japan's Okazawa outpoints Chinese Taipei's Pan

Right, back to the chaps. First it's a welterweight match between Quincy Okazawa of Japan, the third seed, and Chinese Taipei's Hung-Ming Pan.

Two southpaws and Okazawa, the number three seed and an Asian Championships silver medallist, is a flashy so and so, already raising his glove after connecting. Messy first round, those styles not quite meshing, but Okazawa takes it 4-1, Pan not throwing much.

Okazawa is a nightmare to pin down and here he is unleashing a blinding combination. Pan not doing enough, one suspects, and round two is... 4-1 to Pan. Not sure about that, but it makes round three more interesting. Okazawa steps up the pace at the start of the third, landing with some flashing rights to the head. Pan's mouth wide open, he's suffering, and that should be Okazawa's fight... and is, via a split decision, the Japanese boxer into the last eight.

Maftunakhon Melieva speaks to Uzbekistan’s media after overcoming Japan’s Kito Mai to make the final eight


“My opponent worked as a first number, while I was second, this bout wasn’t easy. Next time I’ll try to perform better. Thanks to everyone for support, thanks to my Country that was praying for me.” - Maftunakhon Melieva (Uzbekistan)

Korea’s Seong Suyeon wins a bloody battle against Japan’s Tsubata Arisa in the middleweight division

16:05 - South Korea's Seong sets up Parker quarter-final

Next it's Japan versus South Korea, Arisa Tsubata versus Suyeon Seong. The winner of this one will box second seed Caitlin Parker of Australia for a place in Tokyo.

The Korean boxer towers over her rival, they look different weights. Tsubata gets through with a right hand by Seong returns fire with interest. Tsubata is stunned by a huge left hand, before getting Seong backpedalling with a right of her own. These Japanese women are tough as old boots, but it's Seong's round across the board, with one 10-8.

Seong battering away at Tsubata's body and head with her left, cracking doubling up. Tsubata gets through with an overhand right but she's having to take three or four to land one. Seong with another round across the board, with one 10-8.

Tsubata bleeding from the nose and had to be patched up twice. Seong a bit more watchful now, stalking on the back foot and picking her punches. Tsubata, her face a bloody mask, gets a standing eight but does make it to the finish line. Wide points victory for Seong, but no-one said it was easy.

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Nadezhda Ryabets from Kazakhstan edges past Navbakhor Khamidova from Uzbekistan in a hard fought content

15:50 - Ryabets pips Khamidova in middleweight brawl

Well, if we get a better fight than that today, we'll be very, very lucky. Next up it's some women's middleweights, Kazakhstan's Nadezhda Ryabets against Navbakhor Khamidova of Uzbekistan.

Both women only 19, Ryabets beat Khamidova in 2018. Huge right hand from Khamidova, right on the button. Very rough and tumble up close, you might say ugly, before a brawl breaks out on the bell. These women don't seem to like each other much, and it's Khamidova who takes round one across the board.

Things getting very naughty early in the second and we're going to have some warnings at some point. Right on cue, Ryabets has a point deducted for roughhousing. And another! This time for Khamidova. The referee is British, by the way. Ryabets wins that round 3-2, but the points deduction might damage her overall chances.

Not much culture in this bout, but it's exciting stuff. The referee will need a lie down after this, it's chocs away until the very end, and Ryabets gets the 3-2 split decision!

15:33 - Kazakh Melieva beats Kito in thriller

Next to box are Japan's Mai Kito and Uzbekistan's Maftunakhon Melieva and they are not messing about, it's flashing blades from the opening bell. Cuffing right from Melieva and Kito hits back with a right to the ear. It's Melieva doing most of the hitting as Kito comes forward in straight lines, time and time again. Melieva cannot miss with that right hand, 4-1 Melieva in round one.

I'll be surprised if the Japanese lasts the distance here, although the referees have allowed a lot of punishment in this tournament. Kito lands a right of her own but it's a rare clean success. Kito is as big-hearted as they come, does not stop coming, but Melieva keeps chipping away at her. Remarkable from Kito, but Melieva is magnificent under fire and takes that round 5-0.

Kito comes out like a demon in round three, her fitness is astonishing. Huge right hand stops her in her tracks, but Kito is landing plenty of her own bombs. Melieva looks very weary down the stretch but manages to stagger over the line. What a fight, which Melieva wins via a split decision. She will box second seed Lovlina Borgohain of India in the last eight.


Welterweight Valentina Khalzova from Kazakhstan goes through to the quarterfinals after beating South Korea’s Choi Suyeon

15:15 - Kazakh welterweight Khalzova wins through

Welcome back! First up we've got two women's welterweight bouts, and in the ring first it's Kazakhstan's Valentina Khalzova versus Suyeon Choi of South Korea. Khalzova's timing trumping Choi's aggression in round one, which the Kazakh wins 5-0.

Khalzova was the 2016 world champion and she is the superior technical boxer, mostly pecking away from distance. Some lovely jabs straight through the guard, and now a flashing right cross. And another. Not easy for Khalzova, boxing never is, but she's making it seem as though it is. Another 5-0 for the Kazakh.

It just gets harder for Choi, point deducted for persistent pushing upwards with the palm of the glove. More of the same from Khalzova in round three, that's a fairly comfortable unanimous points win and she's in the quarter-final draw.

12:15 - Back in a bit

I don't know about you, but I need a lie down after that last bout. The second session starts at 15:00 UTC/GMT, see you then.

Brothers Hussein (L) and Zeyad (R) deliver on their promise to their mother to win their bouts on her birthday

"Today is my mother’s birthday and I promised her, along with my brother, that we will win today and that will be our gift to her. So it is a very emotional victory for me today." - Hussein Eishaish Hussein Iashaish (Jordan)

12:13 - Jordan's Iashaish qualifies for Tokyo?

So there is a possibility that we will see the winner of this next fight, the last of the morning session, in Tokyo, if Samoa's medical team can't repair Faoagali's cut. It's Hyeongkyu Kim of South Korea versus Jordan's Hussein Iashaish, whose welterweight brother won a couple of bouts ago.

Kim looks the bigger at the weight but he can't keep Iashaish at bay for long. Buzzsaw combinations cutting through Kim's defences, a clanging left cross, and the Korean looks all at sea at the bell. Iashaish takes round one 5-0.

More scything left hands to Kim's chin and this is relentless from the home fighter, you almost feel sorry for Kim. Kim still landing with occasional crosses and uppercuts, but Iashaish is like a horror film monster, just keeps coming, Standing count for Kim on the bell, another sweep for the Jordanian, Kim will do well to make it the distance.

Kim showing tremendous heart in round three, firing back with long rights, and Iashaish seems to have run out of gas. Lovely right uppercut, left cross combo from the Jordanian, and Kim is almost turned to stone. That was a tough, tough bout, both men were magnificent. Great sportsmanship, Kim drops to his knees at the final bell and Iashiash joins him and gives him a hug. Iashaish joins his brother into the last eight, via unanimous decision, and he might not have to box for a place in Tokyo, because his scheduled quarter-final opponent, Faoagali of Samoa, suffered a bad cut in his second-round bout.

11:57 - Samoa's Faoagali suffers cut in win

We move back up to the heavyweight division now, and a bout between Australia's Brandon Rees and Samoa's Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali. The latter is Sydney based, so these boys must know each other plenty.

Rees boxing orthodox, Faoagali southpaw. Faoagali with most of the early success but that's a nice left hook by Rees and right on the bell. Faoagali takes the opener 4-1.

Better from Rees, getting in his rival's face and landing with some good shots, including a stinging right uppercut. But Faoagali comes swinging back, landing with a sweeping left hook that squares Rees up. Time out as the Samoan has a nosebleed seen to, before Faoagali gets the better of a rugged exchange on the bell. Big cut next to Faoagal's right eye, and that's your lot. We'll go to the scorecards, and a portion of the second round will be scored... Faoagali gets his arm raised, but the real winner is likely to be whoever wins the next fight, because the Samoan is unlikely to be able to take his place in the last eight.


“My father, brother, relatives and cousins are all here watching me and it means a lot to box on home soil as the crowd gives me a big boost. My goal is not only to qualify for Tokyo 2020 but to also get a medal at this event.” - Zeyad Eishaih Hussein Eashash

Home favourite, Zeyad Eishaih Hussein Eashash convincingly beats Australia’s Jason Mallia to advance to the quarter-finals

11:42 - Jordan's Eashash sees off Aussie Mallia

Samoa's Ah Tong will box the winner of this one in the quarter-finals, Jason Mallia of Australia versus Jordan's Zeyad Eashash, the fourth seed.

Plenty of noise for the home boxer and he responds, landing with some clubbing rights in the opening minute. Eashash is an accurate punch picker and that's a peach of a left hook that seems to stiffen the Aussie. Eashash takes the opener across the board. Mallia having more success in round two, especially with the right cross, but Eashash's work-rate is relentless. Great action on the bell, 5-0 Eashash.

Eashash really starting to break Mallia up in the final minute and the Aussie can't put much of a dent in him. The home boxer wins a unanimous decision and will box Samoa's Ah Tong for an Olympic spot.

11:26 - Ah Tong upsets Iran's Poshtiri

We drop back down to the welterweights now, Sajjad Kazemzadeh Poshtiri of Iran versus Marion Ah Tong of Samoa. Poshtiri received a first-round bye, Ah Tong saw off Fiji's Winston Hill.

Poshtiri ploughing forward, Ah Tong trying to score off the back foot, and it's quite even in the opening two minutes. But Poshtiri's superior strength begins to show towards the end of the round... Hmmm, Ah Tong takes it 4-1 on the scorecards...

More of the same in the second, Poshtiri marauding forwards, Ah Tong not able to keep him at bay, and what a right hand that is. Ah Tong pinned in the corner and the Samoan doesn't have enough power to earn Poshtiri's respect. This time, Poshtiri wins it 5-0.

Hell for leather in round three, Poshtiri landing coming forward, but Ah Tong also getting through with sharp counters. Oh dear, Ah Tong walks away dabbing his nose and the referee issues a standing eight. That could make the difference. Wowsers, a cracking exchange on the bell and Ah Tong seemed to wobble Poshtiri with a flashing right hand. Ah Tong takes it on a split decision!


“We wanted him to use his feet a lot more, especially against a taller opponent, but his feet were a little bit flat today. Hopefully now that he’s got the cobwebs out, he can get back to moving his feet well because he needs to be at his best to take on his next opponent, the reigning world champion.” – Tony Davis, coach to Danis Latypov of Bahrain

Danis Latypov representing Bahrain gets the win against South Korea’s Song Hwapeong in the first super heavyweight bout in Amman

11:09 - Kiwi Mau'u wins super-heavy slugfest

Next it's Siyovush Zukhurov of Tajikistan versus Leuila Mau'u of New Zealand, who has a reputation as a knockout merchant. Let us see...

Zukhurov wearing plenty of extra padding, Mau'u built like a breeze block - but the Tajik is by far the more experienced. It's nip and tuck early on, lots of neat work to the body, especially by Zukhurov, and Mau'u is bleeding from the nose. But it's the Kiwi who takes the opening round, 4-1.

Both boys open up at the start of round two and Zukhurov receives a standing count after some cuffing combinations. Mau'u pins his rival on the ropes before Zukhurov lands with a solid right to the body. Mau'u forces a second standing count and that's a sweep for the Kiwi, with four 10-8s. Zukhurov needs a knockout, which could make this interesting...

The work-rate has been excellent in this fight, despite the size of the fighters, and Mau'u is pouring it on in the third. Zukhurov has got one hell of a chin on him, he's taking right hands for fun, but it's Mau'u who wins through via a unanimous decision.

10:52 - Latypov of Bahrain books Jalolov bout

That's your lot heavyweight-wise, at least for now. Time for some really big boys and the opening super-heavyweight bout between Danis Latypov of Bahrain (via Russia) and Hwapyeong Song of South Korea.

This Korean is built like a skyscraper Latypov's belt line is somewhere around his armpits but he's clearly the better boxer. However, it's Song whose shots are the more eye-catching - or so it seemed, Latypov takes the round 3-2. Latypov manages to close the gap in round two, while Song's jab is reduced to a defensive poke, and the Bahrain man takes it 5-0.

Lapytop piles it on at the start of round three and Song goes down under a barrage. A standing count moments later and that's your lot, Latypov earns a second-round stoppage and will box top seed and reigning world champion Bakhodir Jalolov next.


Heavyweight Davlat Boltayev of Tajikistan is through to the quarter-finals

10:39 - Tajikistan heavyweight Boltayev books Levit clash

Quite a pedestrian first round but Boltayev got the better of it, and he does take it 3-2. Not sure about that, Sandagsuren barely did anything. It's Boltayev with all the moves but that's a nice shot by the Mongolian, a nine-time national champion. Lovely right by Boltayev, also getting plenty of jabs through, that should be 5-0, but I thought that about round one. It is indeed.

Bit of showboating from Boltayev in round three, showing his right hand, winding it up, before sending it home. Bit of dancing now by Boltayev, swaying at the waist to evade Sandagsuren's punches, before opening up again on the bell. That's a fairly one-sided unanimous decision for Boltayev, who will box top seed and Rio sliver medallist Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan for a place in Tokyo.

10:35 - Here's what the top welterweight seed had to say after his win

“I consider every single opponent as an Olympic champion, every single bout is final for me, I’m trying to fight like it’s last time.

The first bouts are always difficult because there’s a process of adaptation. A new environment, a new ring and people, but for now I got everything I need right now and are ready to continue.” - Bobo-Usma Baturov of Uzbekistan

10:27 - Things getting heavy

It's time for some big fellas, the men's heavyweight tournament ready for lift off. First up it's Davlat Boltayev of Tajikistan versus Erdenebayar Sandagsuren of Mongolia. This video is a reminder of the time Bantamweight Enkhbat Badar-Uugan won Mongolia's second Olympic gold medal - and first in boxing - at Beijing 2008:

Enkhbat claims Mongolia's first boxing gold

Bantamweight Enkhbat Badar-Uugan beat Cuba's Yankiel Leon on points to take...

10:22 - Ersun of China to fight Baturov

Righto, Baturov of Kazakhstan will box the winner of this one for a place in Tokyo - Pakistan's Gul Zaib versus Qiong Ersun of China, both of whom received first-round byes.

Ersun built like a preying mantis, telescopic arms, spindly legs, small head. He gets the better of a cagey opening round - some of his work to the body was spot on - taking it 5-0. Zaib not having much success against his awkward opponent, Ersun landing with some nice combinations from miles out, that's another 5-0 round.

Lovely long-range combination from Ersun before Zaib replies with a crisp left-right salvo of his own. Zaib knows he's got to go for it and Ersun suddenly has something to think about. But Ersun gets on his toes - lovely left uppercut - and nurses it over the line. Ersun awarded a unanimous decision, he boxes top seed Baturov for a place in Tokyo.


Welterweight top seed Bobo-Usmon Baturov from Uzbekistan comfortably beat New Zealand's Dominic Roe

10:07 - Welterweight top seed Baturov eases into last eight

Men's welterweights now, and it's the top seed and reigning world bronze medallist Bobo-Usma Baturov of Uzbekistan versus Dominic Roe of New Zealand. Southpaw Baturov in control from the opening bell and doing particularly good work to the body. Roe looks out of his depth here, as most would be, and that's a 5-0 round for the favourite.

Roe with high orthodox guard, Baturov with gloves below his waist, switching between orthodox and southpaw. Lovely left hook from Baturov, the Kazakh in total control. Roe is game as anything and firing back, but that's another 5-0 round for his rival.

Clash of heads in round three and Roe has a bad cut running next to his left eye. Not hampering him, although he is still taking a bit of a shellacking. No shame in that, Baturov would be far too good for anyone at this weight, amateur or pro. He earns a unanimous decision and will box the winner of the next bout in the quarters.

09:50 - Mongolia's Munkhbat sets up clash with Li Qian

Right, time for some women's 75kg middleweights, which is the heaviest weight category for females at this Olympics. Pei-Yi Wu of Chinese Taipei versus Myagmarjargal Munkhbat of Mongolia. Wu is short and stout, Munkhbat is taller and more athletic looking. Looks like there's only one winner, but looks can be deceiving in boxing.

Munkhbat with a lovely long uppercut before Wu gets through with a left hook. Munkhbat continues to land with flashing jabs and hooks as Wu comes forward but Wu gets enough lefts through to make things right... 4-1 Munkhbat.

Munkhbat seems to have worked out her banter in round two, clipping Wu with lefts and rights as she comes barrelling forward. Munkhbat spending less time on the back foot as the round goes on, standing her ground and planting her feet, and it's working out better for her. Another 5-0 round. It's not much different in round three, Munkhbat is awarded a unanimous decision and will box top seed and former world champion Li Qian of China next.


Thailand’s Baison Manikon is now one fight away from booking a ticket to Tokyo

“My opponent today was a southpaw and I don’t like fighting southpaws. So my plan today was, when she threw a long punch I would use my jab to counter and it worked.” - Baison Manikon (Thailand)

09:33 - Teenage Thai Manikon impresses in victory

Baison Manikon of Thailand versus Nilufar Boboyorova of Tajikistan is the second women's welterweight bout of the day. The winner of this faces Aussie fourth seed Kaye Scott for a place at the Tokyo Games.

Two southpaws this time, Manikon, the tall Asian champ, is only 19. She unloads a two-shot combination to the body and she's looking sharp. Manikon digs in a right cross and the Tajik already seems wary of getting close. And when she does, she gets peppered. The Thai wins round one 5-0.

Lovely left to the body from Manikon, some lovely combinations downstairs, before Boboyorova finally has some sustained success to the head of Manikon. The Tajik coming forward on the bell, but it's Manikon's round again across the board. More of the same in round three, Boboyorova having sporadic success but the Thai controlling things, and she earns a unanimous decision.


Mongolia's Shinetsetseg Uranbileg trumps New Zealand's Ariane Nicholson in the women's welterweight

09:16 - Uranbileg pips Kiwi in thrilling opener

Today's first bout is a women's welterweight contest between Shinetsetseg Uranbileg of Mongolia and Ariane Nicholson of New Zealand. The winner of this one will box top seed Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei in the quarters, and whoever wins that is on the plane to Tokyo.

Both girls going at it from the opening bell and it's Nicholson getting the better of some ding-dong exchanges. The Kiwi rolling forward, the Mongolian picking on the back foot. Uranbileg lands with a left hook, Nicholson with a right cross on the bell. Pick the bones out of that one... the judges have it 4-1 for the Mongolian.

Nicholson jolts her rival's head back with a right cross and it's mainly Nicholson in the first minute. Uranbileg lands with a left uppercut as Nicholson wades forward and the round descends into a slugfest centre ring, with the Kiwi getting the better of things. Nicholson takes round two 3-2, all to play for in round three.

More of the same in round three, Nicholson landing with the bigger stuff. Flashing right hook from the Kiwi, Uranbileg looks out on her feet, falling into clinches. Big right from Uranbileg, and another, and it all goes bar room before the final bell. What a great bout... Uranbileg earns a split decision. I would have given it to the Kiwi, but certainly not controversial.

09:50 - Ready to go again?

Hello you lot. Twenty-four more bouts today from Prince Hamzah Hall in Amman. This morning we have women's welter and middleweight preliminaries and men's welter, heavy and super-heavyweight preliminaries, which the organisers have decided to mix and match.

The first seed to watch out for is in bout four, when Uzbekistan welterweight Bobo-Usman Baturov, the reigning world bronze medallist and Asian champion, who is matched with New Zealand's Dominic Roe. Join me.

Friday is full of action. Here's what we can expect.

Day 4 - Morning session, 09:00 GMT/UTC.

1) Women's Welter (64-69kg)

Shinetsetseg URANBILEG (Mongolia) v Ariane NICHOLSON (New Zealand)

2) Women's Welter (64-69kg)

Baison MANIKON (Thailand) v Nilufar BOBOYOROVA (Tajikistan)

3) Women's Middle (69-75kg)

Pei-Yi WU (Chinese Taipei) v Myagmarjargal MUNKHBAT (Mongolia)

4) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Bobo-Usman BATUROV (1, Uzbekistan) v Dominic ROE (New Zealand)

5) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Gul ZAIB (Pakistan) v Qiong MAIMAITITU ERSUN (China)

6) Men's Heavy (81-91kg)

Davlat BOLTAYEV (Tajikistan) v Erdenebayar SANDAGSUREN (Mongolia)

7) Men's Super-heavy (+91kg)

Danis LATYPOV (Brunei) v Hwapyeong SONG (South Korea)

8) Men's Super-heavy (+91kg)

Siyovush ZUKHUROV (Tajikistan) v Leuila MAU'U (New Zealand)

9) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Sajjad KAZEMZADEH POSHTIRI (Iran) v Marion Faustino AH TONG (Samoa)

10) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Jason MALLIA (Australia) v Zeyad Eishaih Hussein EASHASH (4, Jordan)

11) Men's Heavy (75-81kg)

Brandon REES (Australia) v Ato Leau PLODZICKI-FAOAGALI (Samoa)

12) Men's Heavy (75-81kg)

Hyeongkyu KIM (South Korea) v Hussein Eishaish Hussein IASHAISH (4, Jordan)

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13) Women's Welter (64-69kg)

Valentina KHALZOVA (Kazakhstan) v Suyeon CHOI (South Korea)

14) Women's Welter (64-69kg)

Mai KITO (Japan) v Maftunakhon MELIEVA (Uzbekistan)

15) Women's Middle (69-75kg)

Nadezhda RYABETS (Kazakhstan) v Navbakhor KHAMIDOVA (Uzbekistan)

16) Women's Middle (69-75kg)

Arisa TSUBATA (Japan) v Suyeon SEONG Suyeon (South Korea)

17) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA (3, Japan) v Hung-Ming PAN (Chinese Taipei)

18) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Nursultan MAMATALY (Kyrgyzstan) v Vikas KIRSHAN (India)

19) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Abdulla Fadhul Karfo Saad HEMRAT (Brunei) v Wuttichai MASUK (Thailand)

20) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Misheelt BATTUMUR (Mongolia) v Ablaikhan ZHUSSUPOV (2, Kazakhstan)

21) Men's Heavy (81-91kg)

Sanjar TURSUNOV Sanjar (3, Uzbekistan) v Saadi Tariq Mohammed RABEAH (Iraq)

22) Men's Heavy (81-91kg)

Xuezhen HAN (China) v Toufan SHARIFI (Iran)

23) Men's Heavy (81-91kg)

Naman TANWAR (India) v Alaa Aldin GHOUSOON (Syria)

24) Men's Super-heavy (+91kg)



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