Kazakhstan's Serik Sapiyev was on another level this morning, winning the welterweight boxing gold medal in London, beating home favorite Freddie Evans of Great Britain on a final score of 17-9.
It was a pretty dominant performance for Sapiyev, who became the third straight fighter from Kazakhstan to win gold in this division, following Bakhtiyar Artayev in Athens and Bakhyt Sarsekbayev in Beijing. Evans was tentative from the get-go, and never could get his hands going, as Sapiyev pumped a jab constantly, moved in and out with ease, and just wasn't remotely troubled by the young fighter from Wales.
Evans had a great run in London, but it ended here, and frankly it wasn't close. He has nothing to be ashamed of, though: He lost to a better man on this day. Freddie Evans will have more days to come, as will Sapiyev, who should also be considered a strong contender for the Val Barker Trophy, along with Robeisy Ramirez and Vasyl Lomachenko.
Men's Welterweight (152 lbs/69kg) Medals
|Freddie Evans||Great Britain|
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