A. Benchabla of Algeria beat Youssef Ali Moussa of Egypt in the heavyweight division to earn a spot in his fourth consecutive Olympic Games.
A. Benchabla Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
A. Benchabla, who has advanced to the semi-finals or better in each of the last three Olympics he has participated in, is set to make his heavyweight Olympic debut.
Twenty-year-old Youness Baalla of Morocco won the other heavyweight berth in Tokyo by defeating Elly Ochola of Kenya 4-1.
During the evening session, third-seeded Ecuadorian and 2019 world runner-up Julio Castillo was stunned by a 4-0 loss against Jordan’s Hussein Iashaish.
The ruling brought the Jordanian to his knees of joy, and he will now face Abner Teixeira of Brazil for a spot in the semi-finals and a guaranteed medal.
Excitedly declaring, “I knew I was battling a very tough opponent,” Iashaish explained his understanding of the opponent’s difficulty. I had a good idea of his fighting style, so I used the strategies my trainers had taught me.
Gadzhimagomedov, who will represent the Russian Olympic Committee in Tokyo after the country lost its flag and anthem for doping offences, is favoured to win gold in Tokyo in addition to his 2019 world crown.
Algerian A. Benchabla a Quick Glance
After giving experienced Algerian A. Benchabla a quick glance to size him up, he put on a dominant display.
After taking a right hook from Gadzhimagomedov, A. Benchabla, 34, dropped to his knees and took the standing eight count from the referee after being knocked down by a series of hard combinations.
World champion at welterweight and second seed Andrei Zamkovoi of his own country faced a tougher road to the quarterfinals. Zamkovoi beat Stephen Zimba of Zambia 4-1 to move on.
Top-seeded British boxer Pat McCormack advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 win over Aliaksandr Radzionau of Belarus. His twin brother Luke, competing in the lightweight division, also advanced to the quarterfinals.
After his time in Tokyo, McCormack will compete against Uzbek Bobo-Usmon Baturov in his first professional bout.
I witnessed his recent first-round victory. He’s a tough opponent, but if I’m on my game I can win,” McCormack remarked.
Former Olympic and world light welterweight champion Roniel Iglesias of Cuba narrowly defeated Sewon Okazawa of Japan in the deciding round, 3-2.
Career of A. Benchabla
He fell to Mourad Sahraoui in the semi-finals of the 2007 Arab Championships. After beating Bastir Samir of Ghana in the finals of the AIBA African Olympic Boxing Qualifying Tournament 2008 in Algiers, Algeria, Benchabla earned a berth in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Benchabla won the World Series of Boxing light heavyweight final on May 28, 2011, in Guiyang, China, and therefore earned a berth in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
He defeated the German Enrico Kölling 12-9 in the Olympic finals in 2012, but lost 17-19 to the Ukrainian Oleksandr Hvozdyk after a contentious two-point deduction in the final five seconds of the third round.
Achievements of A. Benchabla
He’s the current light heavyweight champion of the World Series of Boxing and competed for Algeria at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. After losing the final to Egypt’s Ramadan Yasser, Benchabla won silver at the 2007 All-Africa Games held in Algiers.
He defeated Kassel in a rematch in the Olympics, but fell short against eventual champion Zhang Xiaoping, 7-12. Benchabla lost the light heavyweight final to Montenegrin Bosko Draskovic in 2009, but he still managed to win silver at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy.
He defeated German Enrico Kölling 12–9 at the 2012 Olympics (results), but he lost to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Hvozdyk 17–19 after receiving a controversial two-point penalty in the final five seconds of the third round.