Boxing Olympic Qualification – London | Day 2 As It Happened

All the action and highlights from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing qualifiers are live on Olympic Channel on Sunday 15th March. 

A very long day of action is ahead with 50 bouts scheduled on Day 2 of the London Olympic Boxing Qualifiers at the Copper Box.

Today sees preliminary action in the women's featherweight and welterweight divisions, plus the men's lightweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.

Among the boxers in action today are Umar Dzambekov, a 22-year-old light-heavyweight representing Austria, who impressed at the World Championships in Russia last year. At the age of six, Dzambekov had fled with his family from the Chechen War and he finally received Austrian citizenship in 2018.

Busenaz Surmeneli, of Turkey, is only 21 but she won the gold medal in the welterweight division at the World Championships last year and is seeded No 1 here. She boxes in Ring A this evening.

Also in the women's welterweight division, one of the most interesting bouts of the day features Saadat Dalgatova, of Russia, who lost a split decision to Surmeneli in the semi-final of the World Championships, but could have her hands full with Great Britain's Rosie Eccles, who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.

Angela Carini, the 21-year-old Italian who claimed silver in Russia last year, is also in action against Ireland's Christina Desmond. At the other end of the age scale, 38-year-old Pole Karolina Koszewska had a ten-year professional career that saw her win world titles at light-middleweight, before retiring in 2015 and making a comeback as an amateur in 2018 with an eye on making the Olympics. She takes on Madeleine Angelsen, 21, from Norway.

The heavyweight are in action today for the first time. While none of the seeds are scheduled to show their stuff, there are several boxers to look out for, including Narek Manasyan, of Armenia, a former Youth Olympic Games medallist and Kirill Afanasev, of Ireland, Last bout of the night could be one of the most interesting, as Ukrainian heavyweight Serhii Horskov takes on Croatia's Toni Filipi.

Boxers are fighting for 77 spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – 50 for men and 27 for women.

9.55 That's all for tonight

OK that is the end of a long day of action. There were 49 bouts today, not including the walkover, there are 53 tomorrow. There are no spectators allowed from tomorrow, though, so don't come along to the Copper Box, even if you have a ticket. You can follow it all here on the live blog, though, and watch every bout on olympicchannel.com

9.50: Unsatisfactory end

The final bout of a very long night and Victor Schelstraete, of Belgium, makes an excellent start to his heavyweight bout against Ahmed Hagag, of Austria, looking to finish things in the first round. He doesn't have long to wait, though, as 18 seconds into the second round another clash of heads and another cut (a long one over the left eye) brings an end to proceedings. We go to the scorecards and the Belgian in ahead on them all.

9.35: Manasyan bulls his way through

The heavyweight clash between Armenia's Narek Manasyan and Adam Hamori, of Hungary, was a rough and ready affair with little love lost as tempers threatened to spill over. Manasyan, who generally stuck his head down and threw punches, claimed a unanimous points decision.

Michalek was left with a bad cut over his left eye
Michalek was left with a bad cut over his left eyeMichalek was left with a bad cut over his left eye

9.25: Another cut

There have been a lot of cuts this evening and another one wrecked the Olympic hopes of Slovakia's David Michalek, who was ruled out in the first round of his heavyweight clash with Poland's Mateusz Masternak, the 32-year-old professional, who once boxed Tony Bellew to a close points decision for the European cruiserweight title down the road at the O2 Arena.

9.21: Behind closed doors

A statement has just been issued saying that from tomorrow, this tournament will take place behind close doors.

Due to the changing situation with Coronavirus and concerns for public, athlete and volunteer welfare the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has taken the decision that from Monday 16 March 2020 the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will take place behind closed doors. This unfortunately means that no spectators will be permitted to attend the event.

The decision comes into force with immediate effect and covers both the 12:00 and 18:00 sessions that are due to take place on Monday 16 March 2020 and all other sessions up until the end of the tournament.

The Local Organising Committee of the Boxing Road to Tokyo event understands the reasons for the decision and apologises to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause.

The event’s ticket partner, See Tickets, will contact all ticket holders who are all entitled to a face value refund.

See Tickets will automatically return the money within 30 days via the method by which the ticket was purchased. Booking fees and any other expenses incurred will not be refunded.

Any customers that also took out an insurance policy with TicketPlan when they purchased their tickets should contact the company direct via the TicketPlan website.

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifier will continue to be streamed live on the Olympic Channel and can be viewed at https://oly.ch/2vqhjng."

9.20: Afanasev claims split decision

Ireland heavyweight Kirill Afanasev began well against Begadze Nikoloz, but he was clinging on at the final bell as he claimed a split points decision over the Georgian. Afanasev was the aggressor, but looked open at times and walked into plenty of shots. Nikoloz finished the fresher perhaps leaving him frustrated that he didn't commit earlier.

"I'm happy enough with my performance. In the second round, there were a few things I could've done a bit different, I'm a bit rusty, I've only had a few fights recently, but on to the next one," Afanasev said afterwards.

In the final light-heavyweight clash, Spain's Gazimagomed Jalidov used his height advantage to eek out a split points decision over Artjom Kasparian, of the Netherlands, after a competitive three rounds.

9.05: Spanish heavyweight moves on

Cristian-Rizvan Filip, the Romanian heavyweight, certainly looked the part physically and had a good left jab too, but the judges preferred the style of Spain's Emmanuel Reyes Pla, who showed plenty of movement to unsettle Filip and pile on the points

In a tight and tactical light-heavyweight clash, Belgium's Ziad El Mohor got the better of Andrei Chiriacov, of Moldova, via a split points decision. There was plenty of prodding, lots of swinging and missing, but not much between the pair.

8.45: Another win for Ukraine

Ibragim Bazuev, the German light-heavyweight, started well against Stepan Hrekul, but a strong finish earned the Ukrainian a split points decision win. Bazuev was elusive and had his moments, but Hrekul's power shots and pressure caught the eye of the judges.

In Ring A, Mikhail Dauhaliavets, of Belarus, kept behind a high guard and slowly picked apart Paulius Zujevas, of Lithuania, land the cleaner shots for a comfortable unanimous points decision

Fiori slips an Aliu attack
Fiori slips an Aliu attackFiori slips an Aliu attack

8.30: Fiori through after head clash

There was an early end of the next light-heavyweight bout in Ring B, as a clash of heads left blood pouring from a wound above Krenar Aliu's left eye in the third round of his bout with Simone Fiori, of Italy. It had been a frustrating bout for the Finn, who was mostly kept off by Fiori's jab and the Italian claimed a unanimous points decision as it went to the scorecards.

Still on lightweight action in Ring A, where Rexhildo Zeneli, of Albania, won a split points decision over Abdelkarim Saboundji, of Belgium. Saboundji had a big height advantage, but didn't use it and often looked flat-footed as he prodded out a jab that Zeneli bounced in to range to counter.

Khataev lands a left hook
Khataev lands a left hookKhataev lands a left hook

8.10 Khataev in a rush

Imam Khataev, the Russia light-heavyweight, wasted no time getting rid of Gaetan Ntambwe, stopping him in just 130 seconds. Khataev started landing from the opening bell, a good left hook leading to a standing count. From then on he set about the French boxer, going for the finish. A ight put Ntambwe over and after a follow-up attack the referee waved it off.

Back at lightweight, Enrico Lacruz, of the Netherlands, was a unanimous points winner over Ahmad Shtiwi, of Israel.

8.05: Paraschiv turns it on

Michal Takacs was generally outgunned by Moldova's Alexandru Paraschiv, taking two standing counts in the third round. But he lasted the distance, losing a unanimous points decision.

Chalabiyev, right, and Rusinov exchange
Chalabiyev, right, and Rusinov exchangeChalabiyev, right, and Rusinov exchange

7.55: Erdemir through after head clash

Tugral Han Erdemir, of Turkey, reached the last 16 stage at lightweight at the expence of Germany's Kastriot Sopa after a clash of heads.

Sopa was on the canvas early in the second round and, while it was counted as a knockdown, it seemed more like a slip. Still a clash of heads brought an early end to the action midway though the third round, Erdemir suffering a cut over his right eye. It went to the scorecards where he claimed a unanimous points decision.

The clash between Javid Chalabiyev, of Azerbaijan, and Kiril Rusinov, of Bulgaria, was a tear-up for two rounds. Then Chalabiyev decided to box in the last and it was enough to earn him a split points decision.

Dalgatova, right, got the better of Eccles
Dalgatova, right, got the better of EcclesDalgatova, right, got the better of Eccles

7.45 Dalgatova edges past Eccles

The final women's welterweight to book a place in the quarter-finals was Saadat Dalgatova, the No 4 seed from Russia, who won a split points decision over Rosie Eccles, of Great Britain.

Eccles had a height advantage, which she used well at times, as Dalgatova tried to rush forward. Three of the judges gave Dalgatova the edge in the first round. There was a big effort from Eccles in round two, which saw the British boxer take it on four of the cards and they both emptied the tank in the last, Eccles possibly landing the better shots, but the Russian landing two shots just before the final bell.

It was a 4-1 split decision, on judge giving Eccles all three wounds, while the other four scoring 29-28 to Dalgatova

7.35: Bates wins on cut

In the first men's bout of the evening, at lightweight, George Bates, of Ireland, went through against Leon Dominguez Becerra, of Spain, after a clash of heads left the Spaniard with a nasty cut over his left eye, causing the bout to be stopped 30 seconds from the end of the first round.

"I think it was an overhand right, a good, sharp shot. It's good, it's nice to get it out of the way really early," Bates told us after his bout.

"There's no point in picking up any niggles, so it's all good.

"I'm very satisfied with the performance, it all went well from the start. I'm planning to go all the way. I can't see anyone stopping me."

7.25: Experience counts

Karolina Koszewska, Poland's No 2 seed, who has already had a lengthy professional career, was much to clever and experienced for Madeleine Angelsen and she picked the Norwegian off at will in their welterweight bout. Angelsen was on the floor in the first round, from a soft looking right hook that seemed to catch her off balance. Still, it was counted as a knockdown and she struggled to lay a glove on the 38-year-old Koszewska, who first boxed for a professional world title in 2007. Koszewska won a unanimous points decision, but there will be tougher tests ahead. It is now or never for Koszewska. Boxers over 40 are not allowed to compete at the Olympic Games.

Anna Lysenko, of Ukraine, never really had to extend herself as she ran out a unanimous points decision over Eszter Olah, of Hungary.

7.05: Patient Hovsepyan finds the power

Ani Hovsepyan, of Armenia, spent a round and a half marching after Martina Schmoranzova, of the Czech Republic, before being able to properly land her power shots. But after Schmoranzova had unloaded most of her arsenal at her, Hovsepyan had the equaliser in her right glove, as two standing counts in quick succession in the second round, were followed by two more in the third to force the stoppage in this welterweight contest, with 39 seconds remaining.

Germany's Nadine Apetz was a unanimous points decision winner over Melis Yonuzova, of Bulgaria. Apetz had a decent long left jab, which she used to control the fight ans stay out of range.

Surmeneli lands a left hook
Surmeneli lands a left hookSurmeneli lands a left hook

6.50: Surmeneli through

It was tough enough on Finland's Elina Gustafsson that she was the only boxer who had to box in both the first two days of this tournament, but it was brutal that her second opponent was the No 1 welterweight seed Busenaz Surmeneli, of Turkey. She gave it a good go, despite getting a standing count in the first round, taking the fight to Surmeneli, even though the Turkish boxer was generally first to the punch, landing shots just as Gustafsson was still throwing them.

A clumping right led to another standing count late in the second round, but the Finn stuck with it and lasted the full distance, losing by a unanimous decision.

Emilie Sonvico, of France, needed a good last round to be sure of her place in the next stage, as she won a split points decision over Ivana Habazin, of Croatia, in their welterweight bout.

6.35 Carini through

It took Christine Desmond a round to find her range, but once she did she found a target enough for her long southpaw left cross to give moments of trouble to Angela Carini. But the jab and workrate of the Italian, the No 3 seed, were enough to claim the day, as she won a unanimous points decision over the Irish boxer.

Back in ring A, at featherweight, it was a battle of brute strength between Ukraine's Iuliia Tsyplakova and Slovenia's Vida Rudolf. In the end, Tsyplakova, who has the sort of nose a boxer gets if they forget to duck, proved the stronger, forcing two standing counts in the final round on the way to a unanimous points decision.

6.15: Bruyevich comes on strong

After a quiet first round, Helina Bruyevich, of Belarus, v Lenka Bernardova, of the Czech Republic, get stuck in in round two. By the third, the Belarussian was getting on top and forces a standing count before claiming a split points decision.

Likewise, in Ring B, the action has been a bit tentative between Melissa Mortensen and Mona Mestiaen, withthe Dane looking to control things behind the jab. while Mestiaen tries to counter, with mixed success. Mortensen goes through the gears a bit in the third, but it is not enough to claim victory as the French boxer wins a split decision.

6.00 The action resumes

OK, we're back. 28 bouts in the evening session. First up we are back with the women's featherweight division. In Ring A, Helina Bruyevich, of Belarus, v Lenka Bernardova, of the Czech Republic. In Ring B, it is Melissa Mortensen, of Denmark v Mona Mestiaen, of France.

I have just been handed tomorrow's schedule. After today's marathon 49 bouts, tomorrow there are 53!

5.45: 15 minutes to the restart

There are 28 bouts scheduled for tonight. 15 minutes until we go again. In the meantime, here is an interview with the No 1 light-heavyweight seed, Ben Whittaker.

2.45: Blast from the past: Papp's historic treble

That's it for the afternoon session, back at 6pm. But while we catch our breath, here is one of the finest Olympic boxers of all, Laszlo Papp, who became the first boxer in history to win three Olympic golds. Here is the great Hungarian claiming his third title in Melbourne in 1956.

2.40: Horshov survives

Serhii Horskov kept Ukraine's winning run going at heavyweight, despite the best efforts of Toni Filipi, of Croatia, who threw everything he had at Horskov only to be denied by the judges.

Horskov looked exhausted at the final bell, but had done enough to claim a 3-2 split decision.

Azerbaijan has a good reputation for heavyweights and super-heavyweights, but Rauf Rahimov looks small for the 91kg division and Mucahit Ilyas, of Turkey, towered over him and comfortably won through to the next round, taking every round on all the judges' cards.

Florentin lands a powerful left
Florentin lands a powerful leftFlorentin lands a powerful left

2.25: Florentin through

What Wilfried Florentin, of France, lacks in height as a heavyweight, he makes up for in power and aggression and he looked a bit like a southpaw Sonny Liston as he saw off Nikolajs Grisunins, of Latvia.

Florentin was on top throughout and had the Latvian on the floorcanvas near the end of the first round when he landed a clean left cross that sent Grisunins wobbling to the canvas. Grisunins struggled to subdue the Frenchman after that, who claimed a unanimous points decision.

Over in Ring B, there was a win for Israel as Konstiantyn Pinchuk claimed a split points decision over Tadas Tamasauskas, of Lithuania.

2.13: Boos for Mouhiidine

There was controversy at the end of the first heavyweight bout of the competition as the announcement for a split decision win for Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine, of Italy, over Dzemal Bosnjak, of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was greeted by boos from the crowd. Certainly the scoring took some explaining, with one judge scoring it 30-26 for Bosnjak and another 30-27 for the Italian after a competitive three rounds of action

2.10: Brennan stoppage win

Emmet Brennan was Ireland's first boxer to compete and started his light-heavyweight bout against Radenko Tomic, of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as if he had been waiting months to get stuck in. Positive throughout and solid, he took little time to make life uncomfortable for Tomic, wearing him down and stopping him in the second round.

"I just boxed to instruction. The plan obviously wasn't to stop him, it was just to box well," Brennan told us after his win.

"I stuck to instructions and it just went a little bit better than we thought."

Referring to his coach John Conlan, Brennan added: "Ol' John there came up with a game plan, we came up with a game plan and stuck to it, it was executed well."

Brennan faces Switzerland's Uke Smajli next. "We'll come up with a game plan over the next day and the same thing, we'll just try execute it," he said.

And he wants more than just getting that Olympic ticket.

"The plan is to go all the way [in the tournament], you don't come here without planning on that."

2.00: First seed falls

In a bit of an upset, Umar Dzambekov, the No 4 light-heavyweight seed from Austria, lost a split points decision to Luka Plantic, of Croatia. Plantic has been around the block, having competed in the World Series of Boxing and even had one professional bout, in Germany, in 2018, but in a close bout, the Croatian got the nod from the judges.

In Ring A, Liridon Nuha, of Sweden, gave away several inches in height but made up for it in power and aggression against Peter Tallosi, of Hungary. Nuha bowled Tallosi over with a big right hand in the first round, but the bout was then cut short when a clash of heads saw it ended by the doctor in the third round. It went to the scorecards when Nuha was handed the victory via a unanimous points decision.

1.45: Frustration for Wiktorzak

A nasty-looking cut above his right eye meant the end of the Olympic dream for now for Poland's Sebastian Wiktorzak in the second round of his light-heavyweight bout against Stiven Aas, of Estonia. Wiktorzak had taken the first round on all the judges' scorecards, but midway through the second, the referee stepped in, leading the Pole to a neutral corner for the referee to inspect a deep-looking diagonal cut in his right eyebrow. The doctor quickly waved the bout off.

Wiktorzak's cut
Wiktorzak's cutWiktorzak's cut

1.40: Aradoaie earns Whittaker bout

Paul-Andrei Aradoaie, of Romania, was trailing on the scorecards before he stopped Blagoy Naydenov, of Bulgaria, in the third round to earn a bout in the last 16 with the No 1 light-heavyweight seed, Ben Whittaker, of Great Britain.

It was closely-fought until Aradoaie got through with his power shots in the final round, landing a clubbing right that staggered Naydenov, causing the referee to give the Bulgarian a standing count. As he tried to finish the job, a combination landed that forced another standing count and led to the stoppage.

While that was going on, in Ring B, Armenia's Gor Nersesyan shrugged off damage around the left eye to stop Karel Horejsek, of the Czech Republic. Nersesyan threw his punches short but with plenty of power and from the second round onwards, Horejsek was feeling the pace, eventually being stopped in the third.

Aradoaie turns away as the referee issues a standing count
Aradoaie turns away as the referee issues a standing countAradoaie turns away as the referee issues a standing count

1.25: Smaji brawls on

Up to light-heavyweight, Uke Smajli, of Switzerland, got a split points decision win over Polyneikis Kalamaras, of Greece, despite being docked a point for use of the head in the second round. It was a messy affair, with plenty of brawling and little clean action. Smajli got the nod, but it could have gone either way.

1.20: Ukraine advance

The final lightweight bout in the afternoon session saw Ukraine's promising Yaroslav Khartsyz victorious over Paolo Di Lernia, of Italy. The decision was unanimous, but the action was always close as Di Lernia took the action to the Ukrainian, whose work was basically cleaner.

1.05: Tsanikidis powers on

Alexandros Tsanikidis, of Greece, put in a ruthless display to stop Jasin Ljama in the second round of their lightweight bout. Tsanikidis looked too big and strong for his opponent from North Macedonia and once a big right led to a standing count early in the second things began to unravel for Ljama. Two more standing counts led to an automatic stoppage in the dying seconds of the round.

There was an early finish too in Ring B, where Nikolai Terteryan, of Denmark, dominated against Shpetim Bajoki until the Kosovan's corner pulled him out in the third round.

Gabil Mamedov gets on the front foot
Gabil Mamedov gets on the front footGabil Mamedov gets on the front foot

12.45: Mamedov advances

All men from now on this afternoon and in our first lightweight bout in Ring A we get a look at Gabil Mamedov, of Russia, a 25-year-old with a wealth of experience, having won a silver medal at the European Games last year and boxed in the World Series of Boxing. He starts on the front foot, but Lasha Guruli, of Georgia, is not intimidated as he leans back into the ropes and tries to set a trap for the Russian to walk onto his right uppercut. He has some success with that, but ends the first round on the floor, although it is not counted as a knockdown, as he seemed to fall over Mamedov's feet after being caught by a chopping right.

Guruli is more aggressive in the second round, but Mamedov seems happy with that, as he draws the Georgian's lead and responds with three of four-punch combinations. Mamedov boxed the third round as if he was intent on saving energy, but the bout was in the bag as the Russian claims a unanimous decision. He next faces the No 1 seed, Hovhannes Bachkov, from Armenia, in what looks an interesting encounter.

Over in Ring B, Semjon Kamanin, of Estonia, and Hungary's Milan Fodor are involved in a close battle. Fodor carries the heavier punch and the action is stopped several times because blood is pouring from Kamanin's nose. The Estonian puts a big effort into the last few seconds, but Fodor claims a unanimous points decision.

12.30 Kruk seeks and destroys

Sandra Kruk was a little ball of energy in her featherweight bout. Her footwork sometimes left something to be desired, but she was certainly up for a fight, which unsettled Foteini Plea, of Greece, from the first bell. The Pole went forward continuously, pushing out a jab and swinging over a big right hand to the cheers of the Polish fans in the crowd, as Plea, a southpaw, moved away and tried to make room to punch. One big right, midway through the second round, resulted in a standing count, much to Plea's disgust. But it made the Greek boxer more aggressive, which played into Kruk's hands a bit.

Pleas got stuck in for a preoper tear-up in the last, but Kruk's right was always the equaliser and another two rights landed cleanly with a minute to go, forcing another standing count. Kruk claimed a unanimous decision, despite Pleas ambitiously holding up one arm, and the Polish boxer celebrated with a splits.

In Ring A, Aycan Guldagi, is a neat southpaw from Turkey, but she appeared to have on a headguard that was so low over her eyes it was a surprise she could see properly. Still, after some early success for Jenifer Fernandez Romero, of Spain, Guldagi took charge, unsettling her taller opponent and outworking her up close. There was little finesse in the final round, as they leaned on each other and got tangled up. But Guldagi was quicker to the punch when there was any room and secured a split points decision.

12.15: Testa looks the part

Irma Testa, of Italy, the reigning European gold medalist, started he campaign for a spot in Tokyo at featherweight with a unanimous points decsiison over Sandra Brugger, of Switzerland.

Testa begins with the confidence of a boxer that knows they have their opponent's number, keeping her distance, using her feet well, pushing out the jab and keeping the right cocked as much in threat as anything. Brugger gets a bit more aggressive in the second, but Testa is happy to engage and catches the Swiss boxer standing square on.

Testa went back to jab and move in the third as Brugger ran out of ideas, the Italian winning every round on every judges' card.

Speaking after her bout, Testa said: "I'm feeling good, it was a very strong fight because she is a whole boxer, but I'm young, I'm more technical than she is. I'm the European champion from last year, I want to confirm my title and take my pass to Tokyo."

Asked about not being seeded despite being European champion, she added: "Every athlete in this tournament is very strong, I can't find one boxer that I say they are easy, because there are all good boxers here."

Over in Ring B, Maria Nechita, of Romania, was a bit too rough and ready for Szabina Szucs, of Hungary, winning by a stoppage in the third round. Nechita was aggressive from the outset and Szucs struggled to get her jab going. All the power came from the Romanian and a standing count in the second round spelled the start of the end for Szucs, as the bout was eventually stopped early in the third with the Hungarian looking tired.

The Copper Box, London
The Copper Box, LondonThe Copper Box, London

11.50 Down to 49 bouts

Sadly injury has ruled out Farid Walizadeh, one of the two boxers here as stateless refugees. He had been due to be boxing Damian Durkacz, of Poland, at lightweight in the fourth bout in Ring B this afternoon. So Durkacz goes through to the last 16 stage by walkover and is now two wins from securing a place in Tokyo.

11.30 Day 2 countdown

Welcome to Day 2 of the European Boxing Olympic Qualifiers at the Copper Box, London. We are 30 minutes away from the start of the days action. We begin our marathon day of action in the women's featherweight (57kg) division. Ring A will see a bout between Sandra Brugger, of Switzerland, and Irma Testa, of Italy, while Ring B starts with Szabina Szucs, of Hungary, and Maria Nechita, of Romania.

Athough she is not seeded here, Testa will be one of the favourites to claim a place for Tokyo. The 22-year-old from Torre Annunziata, which is right next to Pompeii, is a tall, elusive boxer who likes to box on the back foot and she won gold at last year's European Championships in Spain, where she beat Great Britain's Karriss Artingstall in the final.

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 2 - Sunday 15th 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 2 - Afternoon session, 12:00 GMT

Ring A

Women's Feather (54-57kg) BRUGGER Sandra SUI v TESTA Irma ITA

Women's Feather (54-57kg) GULDAGI Aycan TUR v FERNANDEZ ROMERO Jenifer ESP

Men's Light (57-63kg) MAMEDOV Gabil RUS v GURULI Lasha GEO

Men's Light (57-63kg) LJAMA Jasin MKD v TSANIKIDIS Alexandros GRE

Men's Light (57-63kg) DI LERNIA Paolo ITA v KHARTSYZ Yaroslav UKR

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) NAYDENOV Blagoy B. BUL v ARADOAIE Paul-Andrei ROU

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) WIKTORZAK Sebastian POL v AAS Stiven EST

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) TALLOSI Peter HUN v NUHA Liridon SWE

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) BRENNAN Emmet IRL v TOMIC Radenko BIH

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) GRISUNINS Nikolajs LAT v FLORENTIN Wilfried FRA

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) ILYAS Mucahit TUR v RAHIMOV Rauf AZE

Ring B

Women's Feather (54-57kg) SZUCS Szabina HUN v NECHITA Maria C. ROU

Women's Feather (54-57kg) KRUK Sandra POL v PLEA Foteini GRE

Men's Light (57-63kg) KAMANIN Semjon EST v FODOR Milan HUN

Men's Light (57-63kg) DURKACZ Damian POL v WALIZADEH Farid BRT

Men's Light (57-63kg) BAJOKU Shpetim KOS v TERTERYAN Nikolai DEN

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) SMAJLI Uke SUI v KALAMARAS Polyneikis GRE

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) NERSESYAN Gor ARM v HOREJSEK Karel CZE

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) PLANTIC Luka CRO v DZAMBEKOV Umar (4) AUT

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) MOUHIIDINE Aziz Abbes ITA v BOSNJAK Dzemal BIH

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) PINCHUK Konstiantyn ISR v TAMASAUSKAS Tadas LTU

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) HORSKOV Serhii UKR v FILIPI Toni CRO

Day 2 - Evening session, 18:00 GMT

Ring A

Women's Feather (54-57kg) BRUYEVICH Helina BLR v BERNARDOVA Lenka CZE

Women's Feather (54-57kg) RUDOLF Vida SLO v TSYPLAKOVA Iuliia UKR

Women's Welter (64-69kg) SURMENELI Busenaz (1) TUR v GUSTAFSSON Elina Orvokki FIN

Women's Welter (64-69kg) HOVSEPYAN Ani ARM v SCHMORANZOVA Martina CZE

Women's Welter (64-69kg) LYSENKO Anna UKR v OLAH Eszter HUN

Women's Welter (64-69kg) ECCLES Rosie GBR v DALGATOVA Saadat (4) RUS

Men's Light (57-63kg) ERDEMIR Tugrul Han TUR v SOPA Kastriot GER

Men's Light (57-63kg) LACRUZ Enrico NED v SHTIWI Ahmad ISR

Men's Light (57-63kg) SABOUNDJI Abdelkarim BEL v ZENELI Rexhildo ALB

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) ZUJEVAS Paulius LTU v DAUHALIAVETS Mikhail BLR

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) CHIRIACOV Andrei MDA v EL MOHOR Ziad Nedam S. BEL

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) JALIDOV G. Gazimagomed S. ESP v KASPARIAN Artjom NED

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) MANASYAN Narek ARM v HAMORI Adam HUN

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) SCHELSTRAETE Victor I. H. BEL v HAGAG Ahmed AUT

Ring B

Women's Feather (54-57kg) MORTENSEN Melissa J. DEN v MESTIAEN Mona B. B. FRA

Women's Welter (64-69kg) CARINI Angela (3) ITA v DESMOND Christina IRL

Women's Welter (64-69kg) SONVICO Emilie C. FRA v HABAZIN Ivana CRO

Women's Welter (64-69kg) YONUZOVA Melis N. BUL v APETZ Nadine GER

Women's Welter (64-69kg) ANGELSEN Madeleine E. NOR v KOSZEWSKA Karolina (2) POL

Men's Light (57-63kg) BATES George IRL v DOMINGUEZ BECERRA Leon C. ESP

Men's Light (57-63kg) RUSINOV Kiril BUL v CHALABIYEV Javid AZE

Men's Light (57-63kg) TAKACS Michal SVK v PARASCHIV Alexandru MDA

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) KHATAEV Imam RUS v NTAMBWE Gaetan FRA

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) FIORI Simone ITA v ALIU Krenar FIN

Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) BAZUEV Ibragim N. GER v HREKUL Stepan UKR

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) FILIP Cristian-Rizvan ROU v REYES PLA Enmanuel ESP

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) NIKOLOZ Begadze GEO v KIRILL Afanasev IRL

Men's Heavy (81-91kg) MICHALEK David SVK v MASTERNAK Mateusz Z. POL

What's different between Olympic and professional boxing?

What's different between Olympic and professional boxing?

How boxers can qualify for Tokyo 2020

The opening qualification events in Dakar, Senegal, and Amman, Jordan gave us the qualifiers from Africa and Asia/Oceania.

This event in London gives boxers from Europe their chance.

There's also an Americas qualifying tournament scheduled for Buenos Aires, though this has been postponed from its original dates.

For those that don’t make it through their continental event, there will be one final chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in Paris.

In London, the semi-finalists in all weight classes guarantee themselves a ticket for Tokyo 2020. Boxers can secure their Olympic spot as early as the quarter-finals in a number of weight categories, as will winners of box-off bouts.

You can read a full preview of this Europe event here.

If that's not enough, make sure you check out the Olympic Channel Original production The People's Fighters.

Enjoyed this story? Share it with your friends!