Three historical bronzes

Historic day for Spanish Olympic boxing. Martín Molina (-51 kg), Gazi Jalidov (-80 kg) and Ayoub Ghadfa (+92 kg) brought home three bronze medals from the Elite Men’s World Championships in Taskhent, Uzbekistan. The team’s performance has been impeccable: they have achieved the same number of metals in this competition (three) as in all of history (Enrique Rodríguez Cal, Enmanuel Reyes Pla and Laura Fuertes). Ghadfa was unable to enter the ring due to a cut eyebrow that had been dragging several days, so they decided to reserve it for the European Games, the first qualifier for the Olympic Games in Paris. Molina fell by a questionable unanimous decision of the judges against the local Hassnboy Dusmatov, and Khalidov via split decision and review with Chinese Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan.

Ayoub Ghadfa did not get into the ring due to the problems his eyebrow was giving him. The man from Marbella became a cut above the right eyebrow several days ago, and it was not healing well. Each time he was bigger and it was more difficult to close it, which posed a risk for the Spanish boxer. He was going to meet today at approximately 5:45 p.m. in the semifinals of the competition with the local boxer Bakhodir Jalolov. In addition to Ayoub’s combat, two more semifinals have fallens. It is important that your eyebrow heals well, since in little more than a month they are the European Gameshe first qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympicsand he has to be recovered to arrive in the best possible conditions.

Martín Molina, current European champion, was the first to get into the ring, and could not beat the Uzbek Hassnboy Dusmatov, Olympic champion in 2016 and World Cup runner-up in 2017. The judges ruled unanimous decision loss for the Spanish, who was far superior in all aspects. Molina went all out and was quick with the center of the ring. He moved well and bothered the rival, connecting you the best powerful and precise hands. He took the initiative by nailing his blows and dodging. In the third round, He put the Uzbek on the ropes with some good combinations, but it seems that it was not enough for the judges. “I have fought until the end, without giving up for a single second, putting everything in my power. Boxing is very sacrificed and the result depends on people who sometimes score according to convenience, as happened with my teammates Gabi and Oier who also fought with those from home. I would have liked to reach the final, but I leave with a good taste in my mouth. We have shown ourselves that we are at the level and that the Spanish team can fight whoever they want and with the possibility of winning,” Molina told AS after the match.

No luck for Gazi Khalidov either. The Russian-born boxer gave a great performance in a very close fight. He came out strong, grabbing the center of the ring and landing some good hands. Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan responded, but the Spaniard dodged well. In the second round, Gazi arrived with more precise hands, but the Chinese advanced without fear. They exchanged blows in the center of the ring. and landed a powerful left. In the third round, they went all out. They both threw hands and Khalidov put him against the corner. He ended up bleeding from his right eyebrow. The judges ruled Tanglatihan win via split decision and review. Another fighter from the team who deserved more, but who returns with an important medal around his neck.

Up to six Spanish boxers were in the quarterfinals and had the opportunity to guarantee a medal at the World Cups in Uzbekistan. Emmanuel Reyes Pla (-92 kg), Gabriel Escobar (-60 kg) and José Quiles (-60 kg), they lost their matches by unanimous decision and stayed at the gates. In these World Cups, the team has achieved the same number of medals as Spain in its entire history (three bronzes by Enrique Rodríguez Cal in 1974, Enmanuel Reyes Pla in 2021 and Laura Fuertes in 2022). The finals can be followed live tomorrow and on Sunday live through RTVE Play.

These World Cups have been marked by the boycott of some countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland or Ukraine, for the participation of Russian and Belarusian boxers (There was also one in the Women’s World Cups in February), so there have been important absences. In addition, the conflict of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Boxing Association (I WAS GOING). The IOC suspended the IBA from its functions due to irregularities in the administration and in the refereeing and judging system, and took over the Olympic boxing qualifying process from Tokyo 2020. The IBA presented its own qualifying system for Paris 2024 (including the Men’s World Cups) and allowed the presence of Russian and Belarusian athletes. A conflict that almost left boxing out of the Olympics.

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