Saturday, August 11, 2012

NEWS: World Champion Slayer Tugstsogt Nyambayar Going for Gold

Originally posted on Yahoo.com on August 11, 2012
Boxing: Cuban dances into final, more home cheer
By Patrick Johnston | Reuters

Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia performs a fighting pose after being declared victor over Misha Aloian of Russia
LONDON (Reuters) - Cuban teenager Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana dazzled once again on Friday to reach the flyweight final at the London Games and set up a gold medal clash with world champion slayer Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia.

The silky southpaw, ranked 34 by world governing body AIBA, danced and smiled his way through his semi-final bout at the ExCel arena, the 18-year-old toying with Ireland's Michael Conlan before recording a 20-10 victory which could have been more.

The Cuban opted to cover up in the first two minutes of the bout against the eager Conlan, who rained down blows which Carrazana fended off with his gloves before unleashing punches from all angles to leave the Irishman guessing.

Carrazana's performances across the week in London have been a highlight and he will start as favorite for gold on Sunday when he takes on Nyambayar and the expectation from back home as he tries to win Cuba's first boxing title since the 2004 Athens Games.

"We know the Olympics are the biggest show on earth when it comes to sporting events but when you're in the ring everything is the same, you could be anywhere," Carrazana told reporters, attempting to play down the pressure.

The Cuban showman is likely to face a sterner test in the final against Nyambayar, who easily swatted aside Russian world champion Misha Aloian 15-11 in the first of 10 bouts in Friday's evening session.
The 20-year-old student proved too quick for a lethargic Aloian, the top seed, and routinely landed strong jabs and big right hands through the Russian's lazy defense.

Nyambayar is part of a quartet of Mongolian fighters that have impressed in London with their aggressive style, but the last one standing will aim for his country's first gold of the Games when he takes on Carrazana.

"The Mongolian people have a great history and I will be really proud to get a medal for Mongolia," he told reporters. "The population of Mongolia is not that big, it's only 2.8 million people and despite this, we are extremely proud of our history. It will be a great honor to get the medal."

Word List:
  • dazzled: to impress somebody a lot with your beauty, skill, etc
  • clash: a short fight between two groups of people
  • slayer: to kill someone in a violent way
  • silky: smooth, almost effortless, great skill
  • southpaw: left-handed
  • opted: to choose to take or not to take a particular course of action
  • rained down: frequent and constant, overwhelming
  • sterner: serious and difficult
  • swatted: to hit something, especially an insect, using your hand or a flat object
  • lethargic: the state of not having any energy or enthusiasm for doing things
  • quartet: four people