The 17-year gold-medal drought for USA Boxing’s males continues after a pair of losses Sunday morning on the Tokyo Olympics.
First, it was Keyshawn Davis who settled for silver after dropping a cut up choice to Andy Cruz of Cuba within the light-weight gold-medal match.
Then, with one final probability to finish the spell, Richard Torrez Jr. was turned again by Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov by way of unanimous choice one hour later within the tremendous heavyweight ultimate.
The final male boxer to win gold for Workforce USA: Andre Ward in Athens, Greece, in 2004.
Even with out the gold, it was Workforce USA’s finest end since 2000. Three American males claimed silver (Duke Ragan at featherweight is the opposite), and Oshae Jones received bronze within the ladies’s welterweight event. The 4 medals on the 2020 Olympic Video games are essentially the most for Workforce USA since 2000 in Sydney.
Torrez’s run ends with tremendous heavyweight silver
Torrez, the primary tremendous heavyweight to symbolize Workforce USA within the bout since Riddick Bowe in 1988, shocked by advancing up to now however was no match for Jalolov, a stronger, greater fighter who’s now 8-0 (all KOs) within the execs.
Once they fought in 2019, Jalolov scored a brutal knockout of Torrez, sparking outrage within the boxing trade. In any case, Jalolov was a professional and Torrez an newbie. The American was unconscious and brought out on a stretcher. Two years later, Jalolov was the winner as soon as once more, however Torrez made it so much harder.
Torrez landed a strong overhand left within the opening spherical Sunday to win the body on three of 5 scorecards. He confirmed braveness, too: Not solely was he undersized (5 inches in top and lots of extra kilos), however he, after all, knew what occurred the newest time they met.
Nonetheless, Torrez swarmed and swarmed, earlier than a catastrophic Spherical 2 did him in.
The 22-year-old from Tulare, California, acquired a standing eight rely within the second after absorbing a strong left hand. Moments earlier, he was deducted one level for repeatedly placing his head down. That meant he must rating a knockout to win.
Torrez, not like Davis and Ragan, is not a professional, however you could not inform from this three-round battle. His left eye lower, he continued to press the motion within the third, attempting to shut distance to land that overhand left. Jalolov, 27, saved him at bay along with his southpaw jab.
All 5 judges scored the bout for Jalolov: 30-26, 30-26, 29-27, 29-27 and 29-27.
Along with his lifelong dream achieved, Jalolov will now flip his consideration to the professionals. A two-time world newbie champion and now Olympic gold medalist, he has the resume. He additionally has the scale at 6-foot-7, 250 kilos.
“His No. 1 objective even after I signed him was the gold medal,” Jalolov’s promoter, Lou DiBella, advised ESPN. “I have been considering for a very long time he is the very best heavyweight prospect on this planet, interval. He will want a little bit little bit of time to actually regulate and decide to the professional recreation.
“The sky is the restrict for this man; his talent set is totally distinctive for a person his measurement. His motion and agility mixed with a stiff lengthy jab and one-punch devastating energy, he has just about every part you’d need in a heavyweight contender. And I do not suppose it will be an extended street for him to be a world-ranked man knocking on the door of a belt.”
Davis falls to Cuba’s Cruz in light-weight ultimate
The primary light-weight to symbolize Workforce USA within the Olympic gold-medal match since Oscar De La Hoya received gold in 1992, Davis merely ran right into a rival he cannot beat.
This was their fourth — and ultimate — assembly within the amateurs, and every time, Cruz had his hand raised. The 25-year-old Cruz was just too sharp, too lively and too good for Davis, however the battle was far nearer than their final assembly, a September 2019 bout within the AIBA World Championships in Russia.
One choose scored it 29-28 for Davis, whereas 4 judges scored the battle 29-28 for Cruz, who earned the split-decision victory and the gold medal.
Cruz danced his option to the ring after which received the primary spherical on 4 of 5 scorecards with crisp, clear punching and superior exercise. Davis, of Norfolk, Virginia, stormed again to win the second, punctuated by a strong proper hand, setting the desk for a 3rd spherical that will determine the victor. And Cruz would not be denied, outhustling Davis and outmaneuvering the American with lovely footwork for his twenty seventh consecutive victory within the amateurs.
It is unclear the place Cruz, 25, goes from right here. Cuba does not enable its fighters to show professional, and people who want to take action are compelled to defect. Former professional champions Erislandy Lara and Guillermo Rigondeaux each escaped Cuba and settled in Miami. For Davis, the trail is much extra clear: a return to the professionals, the place he is 3-0 (with two knockouts) and seemingly on the quick monitor to a world-title alternative.
The 22-year-old southpaw made his professional debut in February and fought once more in April and Might. His fast rise was placed on maintain when he surprisingly acquired the decision to return to the Olympic Coaching Middle after the cancellation of the qualifiers in Buenos Aires in Might on account of COVID-19.
Davis was ready to move to Japan final summer time earlier than the pandemic delayed the Olympics one 12 months. Relatively than wait, Davis and two others — Ragan and Troy Isley — determined to show professional. All three represented Workforce USA within the Olympics, the primary time professional boxers have represented the nation within the Video games.