Olympics: Boxing

Ogogo is Ogonegone in middleweight semis

Anthony Ogogo of Britain was flattened by Esquiva Falcao Florentino of Brazil. (Scott Heavey — Getty Images)

Anthony Ogogo, Britain’s favorite middleweight, was eliminated in the semifinals Friday by Esquiva Falcao Florentino of Brazil, 16-9, and will settle for a bronze medal.

Florentino will face Murata Ryota of Japan, who won silver at the world championships a year ago. He defeated Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan, 13-12.

Florentino and Ryota will meet for gold on Saturday.

The losers of both semifinals automatically earn bronze medals.

Ukrainian’s final flurry earns shot at light welterweight gold

Denys Berinchyk of Ukraine, right, scored a whopping 17 points in the third round of his bout with Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg of Mongolia. (Patrick Semansky — Associated Press)

Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk scored 17 points in the third round of his light welterweight bout against Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg of Mongolia to advance to the final with a 29-21 victory.

Uranchimeg had a 15-12 lead before Berinchyk’s explosion in the third round.

The Ukrainian will face Cuban Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo in Saturday’s gold medal bout.

Sotolongo defeated Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy, 15-8.

The losers of both semifinals automatically earn bronze medals.

Ireland vs. Britain in bantamweight final

Ireland’s John Joe Nevin, right, fends off a blow from Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez Estrada. (Patrick Semansky — Associated Press)

John Joe Nevin of Ireland advanced to the gold medal bout in the bantamweight class Friday, beating Cuban Lazaro Alvarez Estrada, 19-14.

Nevin will face Britain’s Luke Campbell, a 20-11 winner over Satoshi Shimizu of Japan.

The semifinal losers automatically win bronze medals. Nevin and Campbell, who was second at last year’s world championships, will meet Saturday for the gold medal (3:45 ET).

Zou, Pongprayoon advance to light-flyweight final

Paddy Barnes of Ireland finally lands a punch against China’s Zou Shiming, but it wasn’t enough. (Ivan Sekretarev — Associated Press)

Zou Shiming, the defending Olympic gold medalist in boxing’s light-flyweight division, earned a decision over Ireland’s Paddy Barnes in the semifinals — their second straight meeting in the Olympic semifinals — after the fighters tied 15-15 in points over three rounds.

The judges said Zou landed a higher number of punches, awarding him the victory and sending Barnes to his second consecutive bronze medal.

At the Beijing Games in 2008, Zou scored a 15-0 win over Barnes, prompting the Irishman to quip earlier this week: “My plan for my next bout is to score one point. That’s my Olympic goal. I intend to score a point against him. You can tell him I said that, too.”

In the official scoring for that 2008 match, it was determined that Barnes did not land one punch, though replays showed that some of his punches were erroneously awarded to Zou.

Zou will face Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand, who stopped David Ayrapetyan of Russia, 13-12, in the other semifinal.

Claressa Shields wins boxing gold for U.S.

Claressa Shields celebrates after winning a gold medal in women’s boxing. (AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI)

Just 17 years old, Claressa Shields captured the United States’ first gold medal in women’s boxing with a commanding performance in Thursday’s Olympic middleweight title bout.

She outscored Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova, 19-12, to claim the decisive win for the United States — the lone gold medal in a sport in which the American men historically have done well. (This is the first Olympics with women’s boxing.)

Fighting in the 165-pound category, each fighter was able to sneak through some clean shots in the opening round, and judges scored the first two minutes even, 3-3. Shields was more active in the second, utilizing her jab more effectively and won the round, 7-4.

As Torlopova appeared to slow in the third, Shields remained the aggressor, winning the third, 5-3 and taking a 15-10 lead. Shields outscored the Russian 4-2 in the final round to close out the victory.

Shields, a high school junior out of of Flint, Mich., was one of the few bright spots for the U.S. boxing team. The only other boxing medal for the Americans also came from the women’s ranks, a bronze for Marlen Esparza.

Shields, ranked 12th in the world, had advanced to the gold-medal bout with a 29-15 victory over Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova in Thursday’s semifinals.

Ireland’s Katie Taylor wins lightweight boxing gold

Ireland’s Katie Taylor (left) trades punches with Sofya Ochigava of Russia. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Katie Taylor has drawn enthusiastic crowds all week to the ExCeL Center for her lightweight boxing fights, and on Thursday she gave the fans exactly what they had been waiting to see. Taylor, a four-time world champion and five-time European champion, defeated Russia’s Sofya Ochigava on points, 10-8, to claim the gold medal.

Taylor, 26, dropped to her knees when the decision was announced and the crowd of 16,000 roared. She rose to her feet, did a little dance, and then grabbed the Irish flag and took a lap around the ring.

This is Ireland’s first gold medal of the London Games and first gold medal in any sport since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Britain’s Nicola Adams wins first women’s boxing gold

Nicola Adams celebrates winning the gold medal in women’s flyweight boxing. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Britain’s Nicola Adams defeated Ren Cancan of China in decisive fashion, 16-7 on points, to claim the women’s flyweight title — the first gold medal awarded to a female boxer in Olympic history.

Adams’s victory in the inaugural women’s boxing tournament was fought before a raucous crowd at the ExCeL Center. It also drew quite a response on Twitter:

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister:

 

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:

 

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