I had the chance to catch a little Olympic boxing tonight and noticed that Luis Yanez was fighting in the second round of the light flyweight tournament. If you remember, Yanez was kicked off the team before the Olympics and was put back on. He had missed some training time and didn’t necessarily go about it the right way.
Olympic boxing scoring has been atrocious thus far, and it’s really hard to watch knowing how awful the scoring is.
The fights are four two minute rounds.
Both guys are southpaws and Yanez specifically holds his right hand very low. Teddy Atlas says that Yanez’s feet are wide and he thinks Yanez is thinking power shots. Both guys land clean shots and Purevdorj has an early 2-1 lead. Yanez scored with another blow to tie the score, but Purevdorj scored with a slick lead hook. He’s leading 3-2.
Yanez is trying to double up the jabs but he’s falling way short. Purevdorj scored with another punch and the quicker Yanez is missing shots short. 4-2 Purevdorj.
These guys are too fast for the judges. Yanez scored early and quickly but at least one or two points were missed. Purevdorj scored as well and it’s now 6-5 Yanez. Purevdorj tired it up at 6 with a nice left hand.
They both went down as they clashed in what looked more like wrestling takedown and Purevdorj got a point. Yanez looked to score twice, but he didn’t get any points. Purevdorj scored again to take an 8-6 lead. With less than 20 seconds left, Yanez scored again, but then Purevdorj got on his horse and got away from him until the time expired.
Winner: Serdamba Purevdorj by way of 8-7 score.
Team USA boxing only has two guys in the quarterfinals, which is their worst showing ever.