Olympics: Torrez defeats Pero, another USA medal

In a slugfest, USA super heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr. defeated Cuban Dainier Pero by a 4-1 split decision on Sunday in the Kokugikan Arena at the Tokyo Olympics. It was all even on four cards going into the final round. Torrez had an exhausted Pero holding on at the end to win it. He will be assured of a medal by moving on to the semifinal against Kamshybek Kunkabayev.

Super heavyweights Uzbek Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan and Great Britain’s Frazer Clarke were both victorious and will meet in the other semi-final.

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  • Both Richard Torrez Jr. & Frazer Clarke exemplified class today. I will follow both of them, root for them, and if able, buy tickets to see either of them fight one another. This would be a great final if Frazer can pull off the upset against the giant (Bakhodir Jalolov).

    Speaketh …. Mort.

  • Good win for Torrez, but he is probably hoping he doesn’t have to meet Jalolov. He got knocked out bad the last time they met in the ring

    • Bronze is good for Torrez and should he win silver, that might be like a gold for him. I have to admit, I hope he wins, but Kunkabayev has fought Jalolov a few times and has beaten him at least twice, so I do really want to see that fight – a replay of Torrez – Jalolov, not so much.

  • Why isn’t Torrez getting more mainstream coverage? The kid is brilliant and was valedictorian of his class. His fight should be on NBC

  • Respect torrez , has heart, and strong will!! The cuban the most unimpressive Cuban amateur heavyweight i ever saw, must have Stevenson rolling over in his grave!!

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