The quarterfinal fights in the super heavyweight category of the Olympic boxing competitions took place. Happily, Bakhodir Jalolov at this stage defeated the representative of India Satish Kumar with a score of 5:0 and advanced to the semifinals with at least a bronze medal. His opponent at this stage will be the British Frazer Clarke. The two boxers clashed at the 2014 Strandja tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the time, 19-year-old Jalolov had lost to Clarke.
We know that Jalolov also had 8 fights in professional boxing, in all of which he defeated his opponents with stoppage. He is currently a fighter of DiBella Entertainment, a promotional company owned by American promoter Lou DiBella. Sports.uz was interested in DiBella's opinion on Jalolov's participation in the Olympics.
"I think that Jalolov has boxed beautifully and that he has looked like the class of the Olympic super heavyweight tournament. He’s won every round thus far. I was very unhappy with the rabbit punches by Kumar, who should have been disciplined.
I believe that any big man in an Olympic semifinal boxing match poses risk, but I believe that Bakhodir is the superior boxer and that he has the edge in both speed and power. Jalolov is a much, much better fighter than he was when Frazer Clark got a win against him years ago.
If Jalolov feels good and brings his best, he is very likely to win the Gold. I feel very optimistic about his chances. He is one of the best young big men in all of boxing. Gold or not, I believe that Bakhodir Jalolov will be Heavyweight Champion of the World someday. I know how much winning this Gold Medal means to him and, God willing, he will realize his dream", - said DiBella to Sports.uz.
On the other side for the final will fight the representative of Kazakhstan Kamshybek Kunkabayev, who is well known to us, and the American talent Richard Torrez.
For Bakhodir, both boxers are no strangers. In the quarterfinals of the 2019 AIBA World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Jalolov sent Richard Torrez in a deep knockout, causing a wide discussion among the world boxing community.
Kamshybek Kunkabayev and Bakhodir Jalolov clashed 7 times. The last fight between them took place in May this year in the finals of the Asian Championship, in which Jalolov won. Now the score is 4:3 in favor of Jalolov. If these two boxers meet in the Olympic final as well, we will have a sharp and uncompromising fight.