Boxing Olympic Qualification – London | Day 3 Live Blog As It Happened

All the action and highlights from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing qualifiers are live on Olympic Channel on Monday 16th March. 

Ready for Day 3

The first spots in Tokyo for the Olympic Games are going to be decided today at the Copper Box.

After 50 bouts were scheduled on Sunday, there are due to be 55 today on Day 3 of the European Olympic Boxing Qualify tournament. Boxers are fighting for 77 spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – 50 for men and 27 for women.

With eight places available in some weight classes it means that boxers only have to reach the quarters-final to qualify, so in this evening's session, a win for boxers in the men's flyweight and featherweight divisions have got to that point.

We also see the men's welterweights for the first time, while the women's flyweight and men's middleweight divisions continue, with the top seeds entering the fray.

Unfortunately, qualifying is not a completely balanced system. So while in the men's middleweight division, where there were 34 entries and six quota place, some boxers are faced with having to win four bouts to secure a place in Tokyo, in other weight classes, some need only win one bout, as is the case in the the top two featherweight seeds and all bar six of the 19 entries at flyweight.

Perhaps two bouts stand out from all the action today, both in the flyweight division. In the opening bout this evening in Ring B, Galal Yafai, the No 3 seed from Great Britain, a 2016 Olympian, whose older bother, Kal, has been a professional world champion, takes on Rasul Saliev, who was an impressive stoppage winner in his first bout on Saturday. Soon after in Ring A, one of Spain's leading hopes, Gabriel Escobar Mascunano, the No 4 seed and European Games gold medallist, takes on Ukraine's Dmytro Zamotayev, a bronze medallist at the World Championships.

From today, no spectators will be admitted to the Copper Box as measures increase in the UK to limit the spread of coronavirus. However, we shall be there, bringing you updates on every bout, while you can watch all the action live and exclusively on olympicchannel.com

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10.10: 168 boxers after 61 places

So that's it from London. We had three days of action instead of 11, but a busy three days that has been.

Going forward, the tournament will be frozen as it is, to be restarted when it is deemed safe to do so. Where and when that is, we don't know.

What we do know is that 16 off the 77 quota places have been allocated. There are still 168 boxers in the hunt for the other 61 available places in Tokyo. We can only hope the delay is not too long.

Khysniak dominating
Khysniak dominatingKhysniak dominating

9.45: Khysniak closes in style

The last man to enter the ring and it's a special one, Oleksandr Khysniak, of Ukraine, who is a good bet for gold in Tokyo, let alone qualification. He is in a hurry to get out of here to as he lays into Kamran Shakhsuvarly, of Azerbaijan, with a two-fisted barrage from the opening bell. The punches are getting through, as well, and two powerful lefts, rock Shakhsuvarly as he collapses to the floor. That is enough for the referee, who waves it off at 119 seconds of the first round.

Khysniak was so quick, he finished matters before the final bout in Ring A between Simeon Chamov and Vytautas Balsys, which had already started the final round when the first bell rang for Khysniak. Chamov, from Bulgaria, still has an interest in the tournament when it restarts, as he claimed a unanimous decision over the Lithuanian.

Lewis Richardson
Lewis RichardsonLewis Richardson

9.25: Richardson advances

A famous name in Ring B, but he is heading to defeat. Victor Yoka is the younger brother of Tony, Olympic super-heavyweight gold medal-winner in Rio, although you wouldn't know it from his style. Tony is tall and elegant, Victor is small and aggressive. Lewis Richardson, of Great Britain, has him number too, catching him on the way in with one-two combinations, one of whichknocks Yoka's head back, leading to a standing count in the second round.

There is no way back for Yoka after that, as Richardson wins a unanimous points decision.

9.20: Giorgi and Chartoi on top

Kharabadze Giorgi, of Georgia, and Serbia's Sandro Poletan got stuck in for the full three rounds. Giorgi did better early on, but Poletan came flying back in the last to make it close. The Georgian took a close split decision.

Sweden's Adam Chartoi was a bid too smart for Sorin-Mihai Caliniuc, of Romania, remaining on the back foot and picking Caliniuc off, on the way to a unanimous points decision.

9.10: Abdilrasoon marches on

Middleweight for the rest of the evening, who also have a long way to go. There were 34 entries at middleweight meaning there was effectively a "last 64" stage. This is the second round, so when this tournament restarts there will be 16 left standing.

First through ths evening was Finland's Muhammed Abdilrasoon, who marched forward and landed a long southpaw left hook with enough precision to earn a split points decision over Croatia's Mladen Sobjeslavski.

Ndiaye pushes out a jab
Ndiaye pushes out a jabNdiaye pushes out a jab

9.00: Scare for Zamkovoi

In the final welterweight bout this week, Andrei Zamkovoi, the No 2 seed from Russia, withstood a gallant effort in the final round by Spain's Youba Sissokho Ndiaye to secure a split points decision win. Zamkovoi, 32, is the reigning world championships gold medallist and won a bronze medal way back in 2012 at the London Olympics, but the southpaw struggled with the unorthodox Ndiaye and will be glad to still have his Olympic dream alive.

8.50: James frustrated

Delano James, of the Netherlands, will have been fiercely disappointed by the unanimous points decision awarded against him to Marcel Rumpler, of Austria. He got no reward from the judges in the first two rounds despite being the aggressor and landing some good combinations. Rumpler, for his part, kept pushing out one-twos and did catch the Dutch boxer on the way in several times.

Before the end, James knew his fate, however, and he frustratingly kicked his gumshield back to his corner at the final bell.

8.45: Pefanis gets the nod

Any thought that the announcement of the tournament's suspension would lead to boxers easing off, proved groundless. Indeed it probably had the opposite effect as boxers realised that they did not have to conserve any energy for upcoming bouts. As case in point was the welterweight clash between Greece's Dionysos Pefanis and Eric Tudor, of Romania, as the pair went at it for the full three rounds before the Greek boxer's hand was raised after he was judged the winner by three of the five judges.

8.35: Work to do

On to the welterweights, who still have a lot more to do to get to Tokyo. For the winners this evening, they still need to get two more victories, whenever this tournament resumes, to get a qualifying spot.

Aliaksandr Radzionau, of Belarus, ensured he still had an interest in getting back to the gym when he returns home, as he won a points decision over Marko Zeljko, of Croatia, who did well in the third round but had a mountain to climb by then.

Turkey's Necat Ekinci is through as well. His opponent, Gurgen Madoyan, of Armenia, marched forward with his hands high, which just meant target practice for a boxer as good as Ekinci, who moved backwards and picked him off.

Italy's Vincenzo Mangiacapre was hoping to book a place at a third Olympics, but he will return home disappointed and with a nasty cut as a souvenir after being unable to impose himself on Miroslav Kapuler, of Israel, who set a pace that Mangiacapre could not really live with. The cut came from a clash of heads in the last round and, while the action was able to continue, it did not help the Italian's cause.

Delight for Shadalov
Delight for ShadalovDelight for Shadalov

8.15 Walker shocked by Shadalov

Kurt Walker, the No 2 seed, had come to London as one of Ireland's big hopes, but he had a frustrating evening at the hands of Hamsat Shadalov, of Germany. Walker, who a gold medal at the European Games last year, pressed forward throughout but struggled to land his jab, as Shadalov, slipped and countered throughout the first two rounds.

There was some success for Walker in the third round, as Shadalov, clearly aware that he was two rounds ahead, stayed out of trouble. Even before the final bell sounded, the German was was triumphantly raising his arm to his team-mates in the crowd as he grabbed the final qualifying spot for Tokyo that will be handed out in London this week.

It was a unanimous decision, each judge scoring 29-28 for Shadalov.

8.0 Cut shatters Skurdelis's dream

Sunday was a night of cuts and you have to feel for Lithuania's Edgaras Skurdelis, whose Olympic dream was shattered, for the moment at least by a clash of heads with Tayfur Aliyev in the first round of their featherweight clash. There was no doubt the Azerbaijani came in with his head low and Skurdelis was the victim, it leaving him with a huge cut over his left eye. It went to the scorecards and Aliyev won by a split points decision.

7.55: Batyrgaziev blitz

Albert Batyrgaziev, of Russia did not a second invitation to grab his Olympic spot as he tore across the ring and started manhandling Viliam Tanko, of Slovakia. Tanko looked shellshocked as Batyrgaziev set about him, landing left after left and forcing a standing count. Another onslaught in the second round produced another standing count as Tanko just struggled to get out of the way. In the third round, Batyrgaziev eased off a bit as he coasted to a unanimous points win.

France's Samuel Kistohurry also got reward for a fast start as he took Belgium's Vasile Usturoi out of his comfort zone before running out a comfortable unanimous points winner.

7.45: Tears of a winner

There were tears of joy Jose Brotons Quiles, of Spain, after he booked one of the featherweight slots in Tokyo with a close split points decision over Krenar Zeneli, of Albania. It was a tight, often messy encounter, with both looking tense. Each judge scored it 29-28, four of the went for the Spaniard.

Over in Ring A, Roland Galos became the first boxer from Hungary to book a place in Tokyo as he claimed a unanimous points decision over Arslan Khataev, of Finland. Khataev got little credit for some good work, certainly in the second round, but Galos moved around in an accomplished manner and was the cooler boxer on the night.

McGrail qualifies
McGrail qualifiesMcGrail qualifies

7.25: McGrail and Butsenko take first featherweight spots

Peter McGrail had far too much and experience for Kevin Godla, of the Czech Republic, who ducked and dived and moved but struggled to put a dent in the Great Britain boxer's gameplan. Godla rapid movement meant he struggled to put weight behind his shots and tended to trip over his feet. But McGrail, from Liverpool, stayed calm, and kept scoring to run out an easy unanimous points winner.

"Amazing, I've been working for years now for this chance to qualify for the Olympics, to have just won that fight," McGrail said afterwards.

"I've always thought in my head, 'I'm going to Tokyo', but it's never been nailed on, I knew I had to go through the qualifying process. Now, to be done and to know I'm definitely going to be competing at the Olympics, it's just amazing, the best feeling ever."

As one-sided as it was for McGrail, it was a similar story for the No 3 seed Mykola Butsenko, of Ukraine, who won every round against Artur Bazeyan, while the Armenian also had two points deducted, meaning each judge scored it 30-25.

7.10: Ciftci and Escobar Mascunano qualify

The final two qualification spots for Tokyo from Europe at flyweight go to Batuhan Ciftci, of Turkey, and Gabriel Escobar Mascunano, of Spain. Ciftci's bout with Daniel Asenov, the No 2 seed from Bulgaria, ended midway thrrough the last round when the Bulgarian was cut. But it went to the scorecards and the Turkish boxer won by a split points decision.

Escobar Mascunano took his time to subdue Demytro Zamotayev, of Ukraine, but he ran out a deserved winner via a unanimous points decision. Escobar told us afterwards: "I can win gold in Tokyo. That's what we're going for. Going to Tokyo is for nothing else, just to get this gold."

Brendan Irvine lands a right
Brendan Irvine lands a rightBrendan Irvine lands a right

6.50: Irvine and Girleanu get their ticket

Brendan Irvine secured his place in Tokyo in some style as he pounded out a unanimous points decision over Istvan Szaka. The Hungarian was incredibly tough but he would be better off working on slipping punches as he walked into left-right combinations time after time. There was little doubt about the result as Irvine secured a place at his second Olympic Games.

"I've been out of action for so long, it hasn't been easy, it's been a challenge coming back from injuries, but it's all paid off now qualifying for my second Games. To be honest, I didn't think I was going to be able to come here. In December, I wasn't walking right and now three months later I've qualified for another Olympics," Irvine said.

Cosmin-Oetre Girleanu, of Romania, gave away inches in height but no ground to Rufat Huseynov, of Azebaijan, as he pressured him throughout. It was a non-stop effort by Huseynov to keep the Romanian off, but he did well in the last round to make it close.

Huseynov sunk to his knees and pounded the floor as a split decision was announced in Girleanu's favour. The pain didn't leave him as he left the ring either as he loud scream could be heard after he departed the boxing arena.

Soghomonyan on top
Soghomonyan on topSoghomonyan on top

6.35: Soghomonyan and Alakhverdovi qualify

The qualifiers are coming thick and fast now. Armenia's Koryun Soghomonyan is next through. He started well against David Alaverdian, of Israel, but the longer it goes, the more Alaverdian is coming into it. The Armenian carries the edge in power, though, and makes that count in exchanges as he takes a split points decision.

Sahkil Alakhverdovi, of Georgia, also has a flyweight spot in Tokyo. There are no doubts about this one as he controls the action throughout against Serbia's Dusan Janjic to win a unanimous decision

6.25: Bennama gets Tokyo spot

Quickly following Yafai in booking a place for Tokyo was No 1 seed Billal Bennama, from France, who beat Yafai at last year's World Championships. The 21-year-old was a cut above Hamza Touba, of Germany, who tried his best but struggled to land cleanly, as Bennama won a unanimous points decision.

Yafai lands a southpaw jab
Yafai lands a southpaw jabYafai lands a southpaw jab

6.20: Yafai first to qualify

Galal Yafai, of Great Britain became the first boxer from Europe to qualify for the Olympic Games as he reached the quarter-finals with a unanimous points decision over Rasul Saliev, of Russia. Yafai started aggressively, closing the distance to Saliev, who had shown his power with a stoppage win in his first bout here.

Denying him the room to get leverage into his shots, Yafai started fighting at his range, forcing the Russian back into the ropes and blocking most of Saliev's punches on his arms. After taking the first round on all the judges' scorecards, Yafai continued well in the second, when Sailev also had a point deducted for use of the head. At the ten-second warning to end the round, Yafai went walkabout, which could have upset some of the judges, as three gave it to the Russian. Saliev threw everything into the last round, but Yafai, the No 3 seed, finished strongly to book his place at his second Olympic Games.

"It's my second Olympic Games, I'm over the moon, just to get there it's took a long four years. The first time I qualified for the Olympics didn't feel as sweet as this one. This one feels a lot better," he told us.

6.00 Olympic qualifying places up for grabs

OK, you've all seen the announcement, but there is still a night of boxing ahead and there are 16 Olympic places up for grabs in the men's flyweight and featherweight divisions.

The places won tonight will stand. The plan is to freeze to competition as it stands at the end of the evening session and to restart at that same point whenever they reschedule, hopefully in May.

First up in Ring A will be Billal Bennama, the No 1 seed from France, against Hamza Touba, of Germany, in Ring B, Galal Yafai takes on Rasul Saliev, of Russia.

5.15: Event to close after tonight

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London has been suspended by the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF).

Originally scheduled to run until 24 March, the event will be paused on Monday night following the conclusion of the third day of competition.

The World qualifier, scheduled for Paris, also was suspended. The qualifier for the Americas was suspended last week.

You can find the full statement here.

The IOC reiterated last week that it is fully committed to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

"We remain absolutely in line with our Japanese hosts in our commitment to delivering a safe Olympic Games in July this year," it said.

"At the same time, the world is facing challenges that are also impacting sport. But with 19 weeks before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the many measures being taken now by authorities all around the world give us confidence and keep us fully committed to delivering Olympic Games that can bring the world together in peace."

Bach

Bach "fully committed" to Tokyo 2020

3.35: Blast from the past: Spinks and McTaggart

That's the end of the live action until 6pm, but here is today's look back in time. It is something of a treat for Great Britain fans as we go back to 1956 in Melbourne, where Terry Spinks, from barely a couple of miles from here in West Ham, and Scotland's Dick McTaggart won gold. Enjoy.

Spinks and McTaggart win 1956 boxing golds for Britain

Spinks and McTaggart win 1956 boxing golds for Britain

3.30: Nevin and Chapelle close out session

Michael Nevin, of Ireland, booked his place in the next phase at middleweight as he won a split points decision over Max Van Der Pas, of the Netherlands, Nevin began well, dominating the first round on the back foot. A clash of heads left Van Der Pas cut over the left eye in the second round. Maybe the sight of blood inspired him as he managed to successfully close the gap better after that, although Nevin still had success picking him off and was well worth his win.

"He was a good opponent, it was a tough fight," Nevin told us. "I'm happy to get that one over with."

The wonderfully named Lancelot Proton de La Chapelle, of Belgium, was absolutely delighted to be named a split points decision winner over Silvio Schierle, of Germany, in the final bout of the session. Chapelle began well, bossing the first round, but Schierle adjusted and closed things up in the second round. The final round was close too, but it was hard to argue with the win for Chapelle, whose straight punching just seemed to give him the edge.

3.15: Bull beats Cavallaro

Salvatore Cavallaro has been a feature at these events for the last few years, winning a couple of European Championships bronze medals and a European Games silver, although he is looking to qualify the Olympics in Rio four years ago. The Italian will have to go through the Paris world qualifier to get to Tokyo after the No 3 middleweight seed from Italy dropped a split points decision to Arman Darchinyan, of Armenia.

It was a lacklustre display by Cavallaro, who seldom led off and never really managed to get control. Darchinyan has had one professional bout in the United States, where he goes by the nickname Raging Bull. He is certainly strong and would be a handfull for anyone.

Vitali Bandarenka, of Belarus, claimed a unanimous points decision over Antreas Kokkinos finding too many holes in the Cypriot's defence as Kokkinos pressed forward.

3.00: Csemez has a bright future

Slovakia's Andrej Csemez, the No 4 middleweight seed, is only 21 but has a big reputation since he claimed gold at the EU Championships two years ago. He was far too slick for Poland's Ryszard Lewicki and he eased through to the last 16 stage with a unanimous points decision.

You could not fault Israel's Mikhael Ostroimov for effort, but Serhat Guler, of Turkey, was just a bit to strong for him and ran out a unanimous points decision winner.

2.45: Roque and Cuadrado Entrena in a rush

Quick back-to-back finishes in Ring A. First Angel Roque, of Switzerland, tears into Milos Bartl, of the Czech Republic, battering him to the floor. Bartl seems far from willing to continue and appears to be looking at his corner shaking his head as Roque is waved back in, but the referee intervenes to stop the bout after the first right lands.

Then North Macedonia's Goce Janeski is brutalised by Miguel Cuadrado Entrena, of Spain, who find a target for his right hand instantly for a first-round-knockout win. The Spaniard lands a big right hand to force a standing count and Kaneski does not seem to have fully recovered as another right hand puts him over for the full count.

Both of those bouts took place in less than the time that it took Noway's Gedminas Mindaugas to win a split points decision over Imre Bacskai, of Hungary. Mindaugas had a big height advantage, which he was able to exploit enough to gain the upper hand.

2.25: No stopping Bakshi

No one would really fancy facing Gleb Bakshi, the World Championships middleweight gold medallist from Russia, but Andrei Vreme, having won his opening bout on Saturday, drew the short straw and gave it a good go. Bakshi was too good, though, tall, solid and every punch was delivered with power. The Russian's body punching looked particularly hurtful, with the blows well disguised as he switched between head and body.

With the first two rounds comfortably in the bag, Bakshi backed off in the third to conserve some energy and cruised to a unanimous points decision.

In the final welterweight bout of the afternoon, Denmark's Sebastian Terteryan barely took a step forward, but ducked and moved and set traps for Poland's Mateusz Polski as he claimed a 4-1 split points decision.

2.10: Walsh at a canter

Aidan Walsh, of Ireland, danced his way through to the next stage of the welterweight competition with a unanimous points decision over Pavel Kamanin, of Estonia. Walsh, whose sister, Michaela, is also in the Ireland squad, kept moving for the entire bout, with his hands low, inviting Kamanin forward and picking him off with rangy rights and lefts. Kamanin, who probably would have rather played the counter-puncher himself, just couldn't put enough pressure on Walsh and the result was never in doubt.

"I'm happy with my performance, it's just good to get the competition started, a lot of hard training behind me and I'm just looking forward to the next one," Walsh told us.

Lorenzo Sotomayoor Collazo, of Azerbaijan, had a tougher than expected time against Dmitri Galagot, of Moldova, but got through to the next stage via a split points decision.

2.00: Madiev powers on

A huge right hook by Eskerkhan Madiev, of Georgia, set the foundation for reaching the welterweight second stage with a win over Paul Andreas Wall, of Germany. Wall had been doing better in the first round until he ate a huge hook from Madiev, which led to a standing count. He took time to recover and was on the floor soon after, although it was called a slip by the referee. Another right hook, in the dying seconds of the round led to another count, although he survived the round.

Wall came back well in the final round, he couldn't find the shots he needed to recover the lost ground, as Madiev won a split points decision

Yevhenii Barabanov, the No 4 welterweight seed from Ukraine, took little time making life uncomfortable for Attila Varga, of Switzerland, as he maneuvered him around the ring and punished him with short hooks. By the second round it was just about survival for Varga, as he had a point off for holding. At the end of the second, The Swiss corner did the wise thing and pulled their man out.

end of 2nd

1.40: Fetahovic impresses

There was plenty to like about Adem Fetahovic, the Bosnia and Herzegovina welterweight. A strong, tall southpaw he worked well to the head and body with his long left to build up alead over Pavel Polakovic, of the Czech Republic, before switching back to use his ramrod right jab to run out a unanimous points winner.

Belgium's Mohamed Rachem took the fight to Laszlo Kozak, of Hungary, and got his reward, controlling the action to run out a unanimous points decision winner.

1.25 Fontijn's ambition

Here is a short film with Nouchka Fontijn, who won the middleweight silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. She is the No 2 seed at middleweight here.

Nouchka Fontijn: You need your superpower at the Olympics

Nouchka Fontijn: You need your superpower at the Olympics

1.20: Hambli strides on

Wahid Hambli was too smart and experienced for Patriot Behrami, of Kosovo, a 20-year-old who came forward with relentless enthusiasm but whenever up close he was caught by shots from the Frenchman from angles he struggled to spot. Hambli, 29, was a complete box of tricks, walking away, catching Bahrami when he thought the French boxer was looking to hold and going through by a unanimous decision without really extending himself.

Hugo Micallef, of Monaco, got his tournament off to a winning start and earned a second-round match against No 1 seed Pat McCormack with a fine display of boxing to beat Milan Vrankovic, of Serbia, by a unanimous points decision.

1.10 Stylish Soluianova

Russia's Svetlana Soluianova looks huge for a flyweight and took advantage of that as she boxed rings around Eilana Pileggi, of Switzerland, on her way to a unanimous points decision. Pileggi just could get nowhere near the Russian, who landed punches in clusters and will be a handful for anyone.

There was also a unanimous points victory for Giordana Sorrentino, of Italy, who beat the No 2 seed, Anush Grigoryan, of Armenia. Sorrentino was busier throughout and dropped Grigoryan near the end of the second round with a hard left hook.

Two more flyweight clashes. Stoyka Krasteva, of Bulgaria, was a unanimous points decision winner over France's Wassilia Lkhadiri, who stuck at it throughout but was generally outgunned. While Serbia's Nina Radovanovic led throughout against Belgioum's Sanae Jah, who received regular tickings-off from the referee on the way to losing a unanimous points decision.

12.40 Ronald's back

Don't forget you can watch all the action from London (link above). We have commentary again in Ring A today with Ronald McIntosh after a few problems over the weekend related to the situation in Madrid, where the Olympic Channel is based.

Davison dominates McNaul
Davison dominates McNaulDavison dominates McNaul

12:35 Magnificent Davison

There is an Great Britain v Ireland clash in Ring B now and there is a dominant start by Charley-Sian Davison, of Britain, who wins every second of the first round against Carly McNaul, boxing well behind the jab and then following through with several hard southpaw. McNaul can't find her range and walks into punch after punch. The dominance is reflected on the scorecards, all five giving it to Davison, one by 10-8.

McNaul flies at Davison at the start of round two, desperate to close the distance, but Davison is soon back in control and McNaul is swinging at thin air. This time three judges score it 10-8. McNaul is getting desperate in the last and Davison can't miss. Two standing counts are administered and it could easily have been three, but McNaul hears the final bell, only to lose by a landslide unanimous decision.

"I performed really well, listened to the coaches and took their advice on board," Davison told us after.

"Got a couple of counts, I knew this girl was just going to keep coming, no matter how many shots you hit her with, she's a strong girl."

Over in Ring A, it is just as one-sided as Yullya Apanasovich, of Belarus, dominates Rugile Altaraviciute, of Lithania, comfortably winning the first two rounds before the referee stops it midway through the third.

Drabik celebrates victory
Drabik celebrates victoryDrabik celebrates victory

12.15 Seeds on top

We're underway at the Copper Box in London, with only team-mates, coaches, officials, media and a few volunteers in attendance as we are now "behind closed doors". We are starting with some women's flyweight action in the last 16 stage. Six qualify, so the winners today will need to win again, either in the quarter-finals or in the box-off if they lose that.

In Ring A, No 1 seed Buse Naz Cakiroglu, of Turkey, is boxing Spain's Maria Gonzlaez Caceres. In Ring B, Sandra Drabik, the No 3 seed from Poland, takes on Tetiana Kob, of Ukraine.

Cakiroglu quickly establishes control in her bout, standing on the back foot, inviting Gonzalez Caceres in and working off her mistakes. The Turkish boxer has a class about her, little movements and feints, a great judge of distance and fine eye for openings as she picks Gonzalez Caceres off while with seemingly little effort.

There is no messing around from Kob in Ring B, who gives us three rounds of constant aggression, trying to mess up Drabik's rhythm. Success is limited, though as Drabik, who won a bronze medal at the European Games last year in Minsk, claims a unanimous points decision.

It is straightforward in Ring A where Cakiroglu, the World Championship silver medallist, wins a unanimous points decision.

How boxers qualify in London

At the Copper Box, boxers are fighting for 77 spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – 50 for men and 27 for women.

In three of the men's divisions (flyweight, featherweight and lightweight), there are eight quota places available. In six divisions (men's welterweight, middleweight and light-heavyweight, plus women's flyweight, featherweight and lightweight) there are five places available.

In the women's welterweight division there are five places available. In the other four divisions (men's heavyweight and super-heavyweight, plus women's middleweight) there are four places.

In divisions where there are four quota places, boxers must reach the semi-finals to qualify for Tokyo.

Likewise, in divisions with eight places, the boxers who reach the quarter-finals qualify.

In weight classes with six places, the four semi-finalists qualify, with the losing quarter-finalists then having a box-off, with the winner of each bout qualifying. 

In divisions with five places, the losing quarter-finalists would have to win two box-offs (so the winners of each box-off would then have to face each other for the final spot).

Bout Schedule - Day 3 - Monday 16th March 2020

The action in London is split into two sessions - afternoon and evening.

Here's the bout-by-bout guide to the boxers in action, starting from 12:00 GMT.

Day 3 - Afternoon session, 12:00 GMT

Ring A

Women's Fly (48-51kg) CAKIROGLU Buse Naz (1) TUR v GONZALEZ CACERES Maria ESP

Women's Fly (48-51kg) APANASOVICH Yuliya BLR v ALTARAVICIUTE Rugile LTU

Women's Fly (48-51kg) LKHADIRI Wassila FRA v KRASTEVA Stoyka Z. BUL

Women's Fly (48-51kg) PILEGGI Eliana SUI v SOLUIANOVA Svetlana (4) RUS

Men's Welter (63-69kg) VRANKOVIC Milan SRB v MICALLEF Hugo MON

Men's Welter (63-69kg) FETAHOVIC Adem BIH v POLAKOVIC Pavel CZE

Men's Welter (63-69kg) MADIEV Eskerkhan GEO v WALL Paul Andreas GER

Men's Welter (63-69kg) WALSH Aidan IRL v KAMANIN Pavel EST

Men's Middle (69-75kg) BAKSHI Gleb (1) RUS v VREME Andrei MDA

Men's Middle (69-75kg) MINDAUGAS Gedminas NOR v BACSKAI Imre Balazs HUN

Men's Middle (69-75kg) GULER Serhat TUR v OSTROUMOV Mikhael ISR

Men's Middle (69-75kg) KOKKINOS Antreas CYP v BANDARENKA Vitali BLR

Men's Middle (69-75kg) SCHIERLE Silvio GER v PROTON DE LA CHAPELLE Lancelot BEL

Ring B

Women's Fly (48-51kg) DRABIK Sandra (3) POL v KOB Tetiana UKR

Women's Fly (48-51kg) McNAUL Carly IRL v DAVISON Charley-Sian GBR

Women's Fly (48-51kg) RADOVANOVIC Nina SRB v JAH Sanae BEL

Women's Fly (48-51kg) SORRENTINO Giordana ITA v GRIGORYAN Anush (2) ARM

Men's Welter (63-69kg) HAMBLI Wahid FRA v BEHRAMI Patriot KOS

Men's Welter (63-69kg) RACHEM Mohamed BEL v KOZAK Laszlo HUN

Men's Welter (63-69kg) VARGA Attila SUI v BARABANOV Yevhenii (4) UKR

Men's Welter (63-69kg) SOTOMAYOR COLLAZO Lorenzo (3) AZE v GALAGOT Dmitri MDA

Men's Welter (63-69kg) TERTERYAN Sebastian DEN v POLSKI Mateusz T. POL

Men's Middle (69-75kg) ROQUE Angel SUI v BARTL Milos CZE

Men's Middle (69-75kg) JANESKI Goce MKD v CUADRADO ENTRENA Miguel ESP

Men's Middle (69-75kg) LEWICKI Ryszard POL v CSEMEZ Andrej (4) SVK

Men's Middle (69-75kg) CAVALLARO Salvatore (3) ITA v DARCHINYAN Arman ARM

Men's Middle (69-75kg) NEVIN Michael IRL v VAN DER PAS Max NED

Day 3 - Evening session, 18:00 GMT

Ring A

Men's Fly (48-52kg) BENNAMA Billal (1) FRA v TOUBA Hamza GER

Men's Fly (48-52kg) JANJIC Dusan SRB v ALAKHVERDOVI Sakhil GEO

Men's Fly (48-52kg) SZAKA Istvan HUN v IRVINE Brendan IRL

Men's Fly (48-52kg) ZAMOTAYEV Dmytro UKR v ESCOBAR MASCUNANO Gabriel (4) ESP

Men's Feather (52-57kg) McGRAIL Peter (1) GBR v GODLA Kevin CZE

Men's Feather (52-57kg) KHATAEV Arslan FIN v GALOS Roland HUN

Men's Feather (52-57kg) USTUROI Vasile A. BEL v KISTOHURRY Samuel FRA

Men's Feather (52-57kg) SKURDELIS Edgaras LTU v ALIYEV Tayfur (4) AZE

Men's Welter (63-69kg) ZELJKO Marko CRO v RADZIONAU Aliaksandr BLR

Men's Welter (63-69kg) KAPULER Miroslav ISR v MANGIACAPRE Vincenzo ITA

Men's Welter (63-69kg) RUMPLER Marcel M. AUT v JAMES Delano NED

Men's Middle (69-75kg) ABDILRASOON Muhammad FIN v SOBJESLAVSKI Mladen CRO

Men's Middle (69-75kg) GIORGI Kharabadze GEO v POLETAN Sandro SRB

Men's Middle (69-75kg) CHAMOV Simeon A. BUL v BALSYS Vytautas LTU

Ring B

Men's Fly (48-52kg) YAFAI Galal (3) GBR v SALIEV Rasul RUS

Men's Fly (48-52kg) SOGHOMONYAN Koryun ARM v ALAVERDIAN David ISR

Men's Fly (48-52kg) GIRLEANU Cosmin-Petre ROU v HUSEYNOV Rufat AZE

Men's Fly (48-52kg) CIFTCI Batuhan TUR v ASENOV Daniel P. (2) BUL

Men's Feather (52-57kg) BUTSENKO Mykola (3) UKR v BAZEYAN Artur ARM

Men's Feather (52-57kg) QUILES BROTONS Jose ESP v ZENELI Krenar ALB

Men's Feather (52-57kg) BATYRGAZIEV Albert RUS v TANKO Viliam SVK

Men's Feather (52-57kg) SHADALOV Hamsat GER v WALKER Kurt A. (2) IRL

Men's Welter (63-69kg) EKINCI Necat TUR v MADOYAN Gurgen ARM

Men's Welter (63-69kg) TUDOR Eric ROU v PEFANIS Dionysos GRE

Men's Welter (63-69kg) SISSOKHO NDIAYE Youba ESP v ZAMKOVOI Andrei (2) RUS

Men's Middle (69-75kg) CHARTOI Adam SWE v CALINIUC Sorin-Mihai ROU

Men's Middle (69-75kg) RICHARDSON Lewis GBR v YOKA Victor FRA

Men's Middle (69-75kg) SHAKHSUVARLY Kamran AZE v KHYZHNIAK Oleksandr (2) UKR

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