HomeMMATokyo Olympic Tremendous Heavyweight Quarterfinals—Clarke Wins By DQ; Torrez, Jalolov, Kunkabayev Advance

Tokyo Olympic Tremendous Heavyweight Quarterfinals—Clarke Wins By DQ; Torrez, Jalolov, Kunkabayev Advance

Mourad Aliev expected to avert the challenge from Briton Frazer Clarke to advance to the medal round.

Instead, the French super heavyweight Michael Conlan gave a fight for his money with the most dramatic in-ring protest against participating in the Olympics.

Frenchman Aliev broke out of his super heavyweight quarterfinal bout with Clarke in the moments before and immediately after his disqualification. A point deduction from a headbutt that never happened left Aliev upset, as did referee Andrew Mustacchio’s decision that his night was over and disqualified a bloody Clarke from winning.

The fight was fought at an aggressive, if not sordid, pace from the opening bell. Aliev was the last fighter left for France at the Tokyo Olympics.

Clarke had to deal with cuts over the eyes on lap two, with the action getting ugly inside. Aliev beat up the Briton and hit him wherever there was an opening until the time was called. Time was called when the two were handcuffed just so Aliev could keep throwing – including two shots that hit Clarke behind the head.

Still, Mustacchio signaled a headbutt that made Aliev explode. He started charging around the ring yelling at the referee in disgust at the verdict while Clarke was examined by a ring doctor. Aliev stepped up his protest by spat out his mouthpiece and tried to kick it into the stands. He swung and missed, but managed to grab a ring camera long enough to shout into it, “No, no, I’m winning,” and waved his finger as Clarke was celebrated as the official winner.

The decision was immediately challenged by the French coaching staff, with the matter still under review at the time of publication.

At the moment, Clarke is at least a bronze medalist. Aside from a reversal of the official verdict on a losing win for Aliev, one win will be removed from delivering the first super heavyweight gold medal for Great Britain since Anthony Joshua in London 2012.

Aliev is the only super heavyweight seeded that does not make it into the medal round.

Uzbekistan Bakhodir Jalolov will face Clarke in the semi-finals on August 4th.

The scores were 30-27 on all five scorecards in favor of Jalolov, who was doing his best to stay calm in an ugly fight. Kumar has been able to avoid being disciplined for an absurdly high number of legal rabbit strikes in an amateur match – an environment in which referees are usually overprotective.

Nonetheless, Jalolov, who stands 8-0 (8KOs), improved his performance from 2016 when he was eliminated in the quarter-finals. The 6’7-inch southpaw is now at least bronze and one win away from fighting for gold.

Richard Torrez Jr. became the first U.S. super heavyweight since Riddick Bowe in 1988 to win a medal after a split-decision win over Cuban Dainier Pero. The scores were 29-28 on all five cards, one for Pero and with Torrez prevailing over the other four to become the third American to receive a medal in Tokyo.

Pero is the first member of the Cuban team to compete in Tokyo not to achieve the medal. It is also the first defeat at this year’s Olympic Games for Cuba, which is now heading 13-1 on August 3rd.

A full summary of Torrez-Pero can be found here: https://www.boxingscene.com/richard-torrez-jr-rallies-beat-dainier-pero-advances-super-heavyweight-medal-round–159563

Torrez will next face Kamshaybek Kunkabayev (Kazakhstan), who beat Ivan Veriasov (ROC). All five judges had 29-28, one for Veriasov and the other four in favor of Kunkabayev, the tournament’s number two.

Veriasov is the third ROC member to suffer a defeat on Sunday and the first to fail to achieve a medal. The male boxers of the ROC started on Sunday with a perfect 12-0 record.

Both semi-finals will take place on August 4th, with the winners moving into the gold medal round in the very last Olympic competition in every weight on August 8th.

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


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