Goodall wins bronze as boxers prepare for gold medal matches
Australian boxer Joe Goodall has added to the Commonwealth medal tally, claiming his first world championship bronze medal on day seven at the 2017 AIBA World Championships in Hamburg.
The GC2018 Boxing Ambassador faced tough competition in the penultimate day of the championships, meetingAzerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov in the superheavyweight (91kg+) division.
The hard-hitting 2011 world champion was strong from the start, and while Goodall came back with powerful punches in the final stages, he just missed out on a final place in a split-points decision 4–1.
Bringing the Commonwealth’s medal tally to four, Cameroon’s Arsene Fokou also claimed bronze in his debut world championship competition, after he was unable to overcome Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek Kunkabayev’s signature explosive punches.
Majidov and Kunkabayev will now meet in the super heavyweight (91+kg) gold medal match, with thefinal closing out the championships on Saturday evening.
Nine nations are eyeing gold in Saturday’s final bouts. In the light heavyweight (81kg) division, Ireland’s Joe Ward secured his chance at gold in the final three minutes against Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev in a close match 3–2. He will now meet Cuba’s Olympic champion, Julio La Cruz.
Also looking for a fourth straight gold is La Cruz’s compatriot, Lazro Alvarez, defeating Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov 5–0in the lightweight (60kg) division. Alavarez will have to defeat Olympic silver medallist France’s Sofiane Oumiha
In the welterweight (69kg) division, debut world championship fighter, Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov, withstood relentless punches from Kazakhstan’s Ablaikhan Zhusspov to secure a finals place. He will go up against Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias who also had a tough road to the final, defeating Germany’s Abass Baraou in a split points decision 4–1.
Cuba has another chance at gold, with Yosbany Veitia taking down Russia’s Tamir Galanov 3–2 in the first semi-final in the flyweight (52kg) division. Veitia will now match-up against Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov.
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