Uzbekistan won two golds on Sunday. And the day was capped by double gold for the first couple of the Olympic boxing tournament.
French fighter Tony Yoka joined fiancee Estelle Mossely as gold medal winners, defeating Britain’s Joe Joyce by split decision in a super heavyweight bout.
Mossely won lightweight gold on her 24th birthday on Friday. Uzbek boxer Shakhobidin Zoirov defeated Misah Aloian of Russia by unanimous decision to win flyweight gold. Zoirov, 23, was hoisted on the shoulders of one of his corner men and paraded around the ring in a victory celebration. He dropped the first round to Aloian before he rebounded to sweep the score cards over the final two rounds.
Aloian covered his face with his hands and sobbed on the medal stand after settling for silver.
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov defeated Lorenzo Sotomayor of Azerbaijan in the light welterweight final to become the third boxer from Uzbekistan to win gold in the games. Uzbekistan had just one gold ever in the Olympics. Gaibnazarov’s split decision victory made it gold in two straight bouts for Uzbekistan after Zoirov’s victory.
Uzbekistan was the stunning winner in the boxing medal count with seven. Cuba and France won six and Kazakhstan and Russia had five.