The Olympics my early thoughts on the competition are one of surprise and faith being restored in some instances. In the build-up to the games we are all too aware of the dangers of allowing professionals into the amateur system luckily enough we did not see an en-mass participation take up in the qualifiers. So when on Saturday well renowned pro and former world title holder Hassan N’Dam was defeated by Michel Borges in the light heavyweight class I simply thought to myself that’s karma. Amnat Ruenroeng former world title holder is still in the competition in competing at lightweight along with Carmine Tommasone current E.U champion at lightweight.
The GB team are currently marching on strong with Galal Yafai winning his first round bout over Simplice Fotsala in the light fly weight class with convincing fashion. Lightweight Joseph Cordina looked shaky but got the nod over Coronel Charly Suarez of the Philippines and will improve as he just so talented. Powerful Lawrence Okolie defeated Igor Pawel Jakubowski of Poland convincingly in the heavyweight class to round up a successful Saturday for Team GB. Sunday saw only one GB fighter in action Joshua Buatsi who claimed a stunning tko victory over Uganda’s Kennedy Katende in the second round.
Today Monday the 8th sees four GB boxers take to the ring with Gala Yafai facing 19 year old Cuban Joahnys Argilagos at light fly, Josh Kelly facing Egypt’s Walid Mohamed at welterweight. The ever popular Anthony Fowler will face highly regarded Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan. Lawrence Okolie will face Erislandy Savon of Cuba in the heavyweight class.
Ireland’s Paddy Barnes is in action today also and in my opinion my tip for the Light Flyweight gold and he faces Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain.