Heartbreak for Yafai, Folwer, Okolie and Paddy Barnes but Joshua Kelly Marches On
Monday turned out to be a very difficult start of the week for team GB with Galal Yafa in my opinion losing a harsh decision where he lost on a split decision to Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba by two rounds to 1. The Cuban in my opinion is now in pole position to claim Olympic Gold in my opinion in the light fly weight class.
The ever popular Anthony Folwer will now be concentrating on turning professional now after his defeat to the highly rated Zharibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan in the middleweight class. Anthony was beaten convincingly and was knocked down in the second round. Anthony stated on social media in the lead up to the games that he will be looking to turn professional and will not be short of suitors in the UK looking to be involved in his career.
Lawrence Okolie was defeated by Cuba’s Erislandy Savon, nephew of Olympic legend Felix. The bout took place in the heavyweight class and on the face of it was a tough draw for the brit considering Savon knocked out Okolie 3 months ago in the WSB finals.
However Joshua Kelly won on his Olympic debut in the welterweight class, Kelly beat Egypt’s Walid Mohamed by a unanimous decision to reach the last 16 of the welterweight division. Who has happened to put his modelling career on hold to come to the games.
The shock of the day was highly tipped Paddy Barnes of Ireland losing in the first round to Samuel Carmona of Spain. Barnes lost by split decision with one jusge scoring 29-28 in his favour and the two others the opposite in Carmona’s favour. “It was so hard making the weight,” said Barnes after his defeat.”I just made the weight this morning. About six weeks ago, I was 58 kilos and now I’m down to 49. Halfway through the first round, I felt so tired. This weight category is not for me. I need to move up. The fight could have gone either way but I’m actually glad he got it because there is no way I could have had the energy to fight another fight at this weight.” However Barnes was coy on confirming if he would attempt to appear at another Olympics. “I don’t know about another Olympics but you will still see Paddy Barnes in the ring,” *quotes courtesy of BBC
Team GB have Joe Cordina in action today in the lightweight class and will be facing Hurshid Tobijaev Uzbekistan in the last 16 of the tournament.