Russian Olympic Committee’s Albert Batyrgaziev bagged a gold medal in the men’s featherweight bout at Tokyo Olympics 2020 after defeating Team USA boxer Duke Ragan 3:2 via decision.
The 23-year-old Russian took scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 on the cards while Ragan got two 29-28 cards.
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Super heavyweight star Richard Torrez Jr. and Ragan had the hopes of donning the golden medal for Team USA, but the featherweight will have to settle for silver while Torrez is still in the picture.
Ragan recently turned pro and signed with Top Rank. He’s 4-0 in his pro career and recent performances at the Games.
While Ragan and Batyrgaziev share the same age – 23 — the Russian star has more experience, competing in in 10-round bouts, which could have played a part as Batyrgaziev seemed to be more well-rounded boxer than his American counterpart.
Here are the fights that went down today:
Women’s lightweight (Semifinals)
- Kellie Harrington (Ireland) def. Sudaporn Seesondee (Thailand)
- Beatriz Ferreira (Brazil) def. Mira Potkonen (Finland)
Men’s flyweight (Semifinals)
- Carlo Paalam (Philippines) def. Ryomei Tanaka (Japan)
- Galal Yafai (Great Britain) def. Saken Bibossinov (Kazakhstan)
Men’s middleweight (Semifinals)
- Oleksandr Khyzhniak (Ukraine) def. Eumir Marcial (Philippines)
- Hebert Sousa (Brazil) def. Gleb Bakshi (Russian Olympic Committee)
Men’s featherweight (Final)
Albert Batyrgaziev (Russian Olympic Committee) def. Duke Ragan (United States)