EXPLAINER: Boxing at Tokyo Olympics | Inquirer Sports
Close  

EXPLAINER: Boxing at Tokyo Olympics

/ 10:12 PM July 08, 2021

Things to know about the boxing competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

THE ABSOLUTE BASICS

ADVERTISEMENT

  • The fighters compete over three rounds lasting three minutes with the winner decided on points by five judges using a similar system to professional boxing.
  • Boxers can also win bouts through a knockout, if the referee stops the fight or through the disqualification of their opponent.
  • Fighters compete in divisions according to weight from the lightest, flyweight, to the heaviest, super-heavyweight.
  • The winner of the final receives a gold medal, the loser silver, while bronze medals go to both losing semi-finalists.
  • The competition will be organized by the Olympic Boxing Task Force after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) was suspended due to “concerns over finance, governance, ethics and refereeing and judging”.
  • Professionals were allowed to compete in Olympic boxing for the first time at the 2016 Rio Games.

HOW MANY MEDALS?

There are eight gold medals for men and five in the women’s tournament.

WHAT HAPPENED IN RIO?

Gold medalist Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (2L), silver medalist Azerbaijan's Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo (L) and bronze medalists Russia's Vitaly Dunaytsev (2R) and Germany's Artem Harutyunyan react during the medal presentation ceremony following the Men's Light Welter (64kg) Final Bout at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016.

Gold medalist Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, silver medalist Azerbaijan’s Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo  and bronze medalists Russia’s Vitaly Dunaytsev  and Germany’s Artem Harutyunyan react during the medal presentation ceremony following the Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Final Bout at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP)

Uzbekistan and Cuba topped the medals table with three golds each but questions over the quality of judging overshadowed the tournament, with Irish and U.S. boxers protesting they had been “robbed” in quarterfinal fights. AIBA removed some judges and referees from the Games.

FEATURED STORIES

In the second Olympic women’s tournament, Britain’s Nicola Adams and American Claressa Shields retained the titles they had won in London.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN TOKYO?

Philippines' Eumir Felix Marcial celebrates after knocking out Vietnam's Nguyen Manh Cuong to claim the gold medal during the 30th South East Asian Games 2019 Men's Middleweight (75 kg).

Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial celebrates after knocking out Vietnam’s Nguyen Manh Cuong to claim the gold medal during the 30th South East Asian Games 2019 Men’s Middleweight (75 kg). INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon

The Uzbeks and Cubans will again bring strong men’s squads to Tokyo with contenders in most divisions.

With Adams and Shields not competing and the number of women’s divisions increased from three to five, Tokyo could witness the first female Olympic champion from outside the United States and Europe.

Four Filipino boxers–Eumir Marcial, Carlo Paalam, Nesty Petecio and Irish Magno–will be fighting for a chance to give the country an elusive gold medal.

WHAT’S NEW?

The first Olympic medals in the women’s featherweight and welterweight divisions will be awarded in Tokyo.

OLYMPICS BOXING SCHEDULE

July 24 to August 8.

WHERE IS IT HAPPENING?

Kokugikan Arena, an indoor venue usually used for sumo tournaments.

ADVERTISEMENT

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Cuban Teofilo Stevenson (R) and US John Tate (L) fight during their Heavyweight semifinal boxing match on July 29, 1976 of the Summer Olympics games in Montreal.

Cuban Teofilo Stevenson (R) and US John Tate (L) fight during their Heavyweight semifinal boxing match on July 29, 1976 of the Summer Olympics games in Montreal. (Photo by – / IOPP / AFP)

Boxing featured in the Ancient Olympics but the foundation for the modern sport came in 1867 when it was codified under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

The sport has been a part of the modern Olympics since the St Louis Games in 1904, although Swedish law forbad it at the 1912 Stockholm Games. Women’s boxing was introduced at London 2012.

WELL FANCY THAT

Ingemar Johansson, the big-hitting Swede who beat Floyd Patterson to win the world heavyweight crown in 1959, was disqualified from the 1952 Olympic final for “passivity” after spending two rounds back-pedaling. He had to wait 30 years before he received his heavyweight silver medal in 1982.

RELATED STORIES

Tokyo hopes boxing judging rejig can dial down disputes at Olympics

PH boxers look to strike gold amid IOC’s attempt to polish their act

Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Aiba, Tokyo 2020 explainer, Tokyo Olympics
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.