Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Day 10 Preview
by Brian Taylor, USA Boxing
Today’s boxing action will see two American’s, Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.) and Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio), take to the ring at the Kokugikan Arena. Both boxers will be competing in the first session of the day, which begins at 10:00 p.m. EST and can be followed along by clicking here. Below is a closer look at their bouts.
Ragan vs. Samuel Takyi/GHA – Session 1, Bout 3 (Approx. 10:30 p.m. EST)
Ragan became the first American featherweight since 2000 to clinch a medal, as well as the first professional boxer for Team USA to win a medal, after his 3-2 decision over Ireland’s Kurt Walker. He will now look to improve his already guaranteed bronze medal with a win against Ghana’s Samuel Takyi to advance to the finals.
Takyi, who qualified to these Olympics after winning the African Olympic Qualifier Tournament, has earned his way into this semifinal matchup following a 5-0 decision over Ecuador’s Carlos Pachito in the round of 16 and a 3-2 decision against Colombia’s David Segura in the quarterfinals. Like Ragan, Takyi’s quarterfinal bout was scored 29-28 from all five judges, with three in favor Takyi to advance.
Davis vs. Gabil Mamedov/ROC – Session 1, Bout 4 (Approx. 10:48 p.m. EST)
Davis will enter these quarterfinals with huge momentum after his impressive RSC decision against the top-seeded Sofiane Oumiha of France in the round of 16.
With two wins under his belt, a third can clinch a medal for David, and Team USA’s fourth overall. In order to do so, he will have to put on another strong performance against the Russican OIympic Committee’s Gabil Mamedov.
Mamedov is coming into these quarterfinals after back-to-back unanimous decision victories against Poland and Mauritius, and be looking for his third.