There have been two boxing medals for Nice Britain on Wednesday morning as Ben Whittaker gained silver and Frazer Clarke earned a bronze.
Whittaker reduce an emotional determine as his defeat to Arlen Lopez was confirmed however the Brit was outclassed by his Cuban opponent, who gained middleweight gold in Rio 5 years in the past.
The taller Whittaker tried to ascertain the vary along with his jab however was repeatedly overwhelmed to the punch by his slick southpaw opponent, who gained the primary two rounds on 4 of the 5 judges’ scorecards.
It left him with a mountain to climb and, whereas he edged the ultimate spherical, Lopez was topped gold medallist after getting the nod on 4 of the playing cards.
“You don’t win silver, you lose gold,” he mentioned afterwards.
” I’m very upset with myself. I didn’t carry out good. I really feel like a failure. This sense will persist with me now. I don’t need this sense once more.”
In the meantime, Clarke’s bid to turn out to be the third successive Briton to achieve the lads’s super-heavyweight ultimate was ended by a reduce to his eye suffered in opposition to high seed Bakhodir Jalolov.
Clarke was making an attempt to emulate Anthony Joshua at London 2012 and Joe Joyce at Rio 2016 however got here into this contest with unhealed cuts above each eyes, sustained by headbutts in his disqualification win over Mourad Aliev.
He wobbled Jalolov with a bruising straight proper within the second spherical, resulting in a standing eight-count, however the Uzbekistani southpaw’s sensational motion and precision punching put him up on 4 of the 5 judges’ playing cards.
The reduce over Clarke’s proper eye was rising steadily worse within the third and ultimate spherical and with Jalolov repeatedly focusing on the world, the referee intervened. Clarke, nevertheless, had the comfort of claiming bronze for Workforce GB.
Workforce GB’s boxing medal haul at Tokyo stands at six – Pat McCormack successful silver and Karriss Artingstall incomes bronze.
Galal Yafai at flyweight and Lauren Value at middleweight are assured medals as they look forward to their semi-final fights.
There was additionally success for Workforce GB within the crusing as Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre secured gold within the 470 occasion, whereas Sky Brown gained bronze.
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