Wanderson Oliveira overcomes Belarusian and advances to boxing quarters

To be another Brazilian boxer to win a medal at Tokyo-2020, the Rio de Janeiro fighter will have to dispatch Cuban Andy Cruz, one of the favorites for gold, in a duel scheduled for this Tuesday, 3, at 6:18 am

Reproduction/Twitter/@timebrasilWanderson Oliveira is in boxing’s quarterfinals at the Olympics

Brazilian boxers continue to represent the nation very well in the Tokyo Olympics. This Saturday morning, 31, it was time to Wanderson Oliveira beat the Belarusian Dzmitry Asanou by split decision (3 to 2) in the round of 16 of the lightweight category (under 63kg) and stay one victory away from picking up a medal – in the Olympic boxing, the two defeated in the semifinals get bronze. For that, the Rio de Janeiro fighter will have to dispatch the Cuban Andy Cruz, one of the gold favorites, in a duel scheduled for this Tuesday, 3, at 6:18 am (Brasilia time). Brazilian boxing has been making history in this edition of the Olympic Games. In addition to Wanderson, Beatriz Ferreira, Herbert Sousa, Abner Teixeira and Keno Machado managed to reach the quarterfinals – it is the largest number of fighters in the country at this stage in a single edition of the Olympics. Abner has even gone through to the semifinals and has secured at least one more bronze for Team Brasil. Keno Machado, in turn, said goodbye after an extremely contested decision – the Brazilian fans were disgusted with the arbitration.

In front of Dzmitry Asanou, Wanderson showed a lot of speed in the arms during the three rounds disputed. The opponent had a good game of legs and dodge, which complicated a lot for the national boxer. Wanderson’s advantage was the right-hander, who was always very well placed. With two minutes, the Brazilian took his rival to the canvas with exactly this blow, but the referee did not open the count, claiming a slip by Asanou. The second and third rounds had similar panoramas, with an intense exchange of blows. Wanderson was always more aggressive and managed to have an advantage in the fight. “Once again, like in the first fight, I was calm and had my fight. Now is the time to review my last fight with him (Andy Cruz), set the tactics to be used and go up against the first in the world”, said Wanderson, after his second victory in Tokyo.

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