Uzbekistan takes gold in flyweight, light welterweight boxing divisions

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Sunday afternoon Uzbekistan doubled its gold medal count for the Rio Olympics, with two boxers taking gold in their respective weight classes.

In the flyweight division Shakhobidin Zoirov took gold via victory by unanimous decision over Russia’s Misha Aloian. Zoirov won all three rounds on one of the judges’ cards, with the other two both scoring the fight 29-28 in his favor. Zoirov took silver in the flyweight division at the 2014 Asian Games, and in defeating Aloian he beat a man who won gold at the World Championships in both 2011 and 2013.

Taking bronze in the flyweight division were China’s Hu Jianguan and Venezuela’s Yoel Segundo Finol.

In the light welterweight division, Zoirov’s countryman Fazliddin Gaibnazarov defeated Lorenzo Sotomayo Collazo of Azerbaijan by split decision to take gold. Gaibnazarov won 29-28 on two cards, with Sotomayor Collazo winning by a similar score on the third card. Gaibnazarov failed to medal in his first Olympic appearance in 2012, and he took silver at last year’s World Championships. One of his wins on the way to gold was a controversial split decision victory over American Gary Russell in the quarterfinal round.

Taking bronze in the light welterweight division was Germany’s Artem Harutyunyan and Russia’s Vitaly Dunaytsev.