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Roniel Iglesias Dominates Andrei Zamkovoi, Meets Pat McCormack For Welterweight Gold Medal

Roniel Iglesias couldn’t have chosen a better time to level his rivalry with Andrei Zamkovoi.

The four-time Olympic and three-time medalist for Cuba will advance to the finals after outclassing Zamkovoi (ROC) in the welterweight semifinals on Sunday evening at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.

The scores were 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 and 29-28 in favor of Iglesias, who will face British Pat McCormack in the gold medal round.

The semi-final pairing was the fourth between the two, who last met in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Amateur Championships. Zamkovoi won the fight and took the tournament’s top honors by increasing his record to 2-1 in their long-running rivalry.

Iglesias opened the fight clearly with vengeance in mind. The extremely skilled Cuban southpaw was much busier, more accurate and too defensively adept for Zamkovoi, who ended the round with a cut over his left eye and an early hole that he couldn’t dig his way out of.

Iglesias increased the pressure on lap two, shooting his jab at Zamkovoy’s cut eye and exercising the body well too. Zamkovoi took a bite and began to act, doing his best to turn the tide.

That moment for the ROC athlete would not come until the third and final round. At this point, Zamkovoi was too low on the scorecards to make a difference. It took a knockout, or at least a landslide round, to prevail, which Iglesias would never allow. The Cuban fought well enough to be fit for Zamkovoi but smart enough not to get caught with something big.

Iglesias contributes to Cuba’s incredible success in Tokyo. The team as a whole is 12-0 after their victory, with Iglesias having already set records with his fourth Olympic appearance and winning his third medal.

He is now aiming for gold, against number one seed McCormack, who rose via a walkover when Irishman Aidan Walsh was unable to participate due to an ankle injury.

Iglesias-McCormack takes place on August 3rd.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox


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