Buse Naz Cakiroglu has taken over the leadership of the first women’s boxing team to represent Turkey at the Olympic Games.
Number one flyweight, Cakiroglu took her third victory at the Tokyo Olympics. This was good enough to secure a medal after beating Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong on points. The results were 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in favor of Cakiroglu in their quarter-finals on Sunday at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.
Cakiroglu is guaranteed at least one bronze medal together with Busenaz Sürmeneli (middleweight women). The three women team that represents Turkey is now 5-0 in the competition.
Hsiao-Wen Huang (Chinese Taipei) will face Cakiroglu in the semi-finals after defeating Nina Radovanovic (Serbia). The 5’9 “flyweight is the first boxer to ever win a medal for Chinese Taipei in a well-deserved unanimous victory.
The scores were 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Huang, who was already the first female boxer – male or female – from her nation to get past the last 16 chance to take home gold when she takes on Cakiroglu in the semi-finals on August 4th.
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Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox