18-year-old Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba finished off an eye-popping run in London this morning, beating Mongolia's Tugstsogt Nyambayar, 17-14, to win the flyweight gold medal. It's the second gold that the Cubans have won in boxing at this year's Olympics, after failing to take one four years ago in Beijing.
Ramirez had already knocked off top fighters in Thailand's Chatchai Butdee, Great Britain's Andrew Selby, and Ireland's Michael Conlan, while 20-year-old Nyambayar got here with his own terrific showing at the games, including a semifinal upset of top-rated Misha Aloian of Russia.
The first two rounds were both close to even, with Ramirez getting a 6-5 win in the first, and the second round scored even, 4-4. But the Cuban phenom turned up the heat in round three, winning the frame 7-5 and showing his outstanding skills on both offense and defense.
Ramirez has to be, at the moment, the leading candidate to win the Val Barker Trophy for this year's Olympics. He'd have my vote, if I had one.
Bronze medals in the division went to the aforementioned Aloian and Conlan.
Men's Flyweight (114 lbs/52kg) Medals
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