Britain’s Galal Yafai defeated Carlo Paalam to win the Olympic flyweight title on Saturday, denying the Philippines the primary boxing gold medal within the nation’s historical past.
The males’s middleweight ultimate produced a shock as Ukrainian prime seed Oleksandr Khyzhniak was knocked out within the third spherical of his bout by Brazil’s Hebert Sousa.
The 28-year-old Yafai, a former car-factory employee, gained on cut up factors in an enthralling contest towards Paalam to earn Britain’s first boxing gold in Tokyo.
Yafai, cheered on from the stands by his British teammates — a lot of them with the nation’s flag draped over their shoulders — had the Filipino down within the first spherical of the scheduled three after an incisive three-punch mixture.
Paalam was at all times taking part in catch-up after that towards Yafai, whose two older brothers are each skilled boxers.
Britain, who just like the Philippines have a proud boxing historical past, have now gained one gold, two silvers and two bronze within the sport within the Japanese capital.
Despite the frustration for 23-year-old Paalam, the Philippines have loved a breakthrough fortnight in boxing on the Games.
Nesthy Petecio gained girls’s featherweight silver and Eumir Marcial took males’s middleweight bronze.
Ukraine’s Khyzhniak was forward on the judges’ scorecards and appeared destined for middleweight gold however out of nowhere the unfancied Sousa floored him with a left flush on the cheek.
The referee instantly waved the bout off, with Khyzhniak wobbly on his toes and searching groggy.