Saturday, August 11, 2012

NEWS: Boxing Bronze for Mongolia’s Uranchimeg

Boxing Bronze for Italy’s Mangiacapre and Mongolia’s Uranchimeg

Originally posted on RIA Novosti on August 10, 2012

Denys Berinchyk and Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg By Jack Guez
Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre and Mongolia’s Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg won bronze in the men’s Olympic light welterweight boxing Friday after losing their semifinals.

Cuba’s Roniel Iglseias Sotolongo and Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk will now face off for the gold medal in Saturday’s final.

Mangiacapre, a serving police officer, lost his semifinal 15-8 on points to Sotolongo, who outclassed him throughout.

The first round was cautious, with both fighters catching each other with jabs, before the Cuban started to take control in the latter stages to win 3-2.

Sotolongo maintained his dominance in second and third rounds, winning 7-4 and 5-2 respectively.

Berinchyk, the losing finalist at last year’s world championships, came back from behind to win an action-packed fight against Uranchimeg 29-21.

In a bout that saw both fighters show plenty of aggression, Uranchimeg won the first round 6-4, before Berinchyk pushed him hard in a second round that was scored 9-8 in the Mongolian’s favor.

Berinchyk then turned up the heat in a punishing third round that he won 17-6, knocking Uranchimeg down twice.

Men’s boxing at the Olympics uses three three-minute rounds, unlike the four two-minute rounds used in women’s fights.

Word List:
  • face off: an argument or a fight
  • outclass: to be much better than somebody you are competing against