Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias became a two-time gold medalist in his fourth Olympics, beating Great Britain’s Pat McCormack to win men’s welterweight gold in Tokyo.
Iglesias, 32, won bronze at Beijing 2008 and gold at London 2012 as a light welterweight, and moved up to welterweight for his third Olympics, Rio 2016, where he was eliminated short of a medal.
But there’s no shortcoming this time around, as he out-pointed McCormack, 5:0, winning all five cards from the judges. Overall scores were 29-28 on two cards, and 30-27 on three.
Iglesias just gave the 26-year-old McCormack fits here, and the Brit had no qualms or arguments whatsoever, applauding Iglesias as the announcement of the official decision was made. He was simply out-foxed, beaten by the better boxer on the day, and this was really about as good as Iglesias has performed in all of his bouts in Tokyo. McCormack is a very good boxer, and at times, Iglesias was making it look relatively easy.
On his way to a second gold, Iglesias defeated Japan’s Sewonrets Okazawa in what was probably his toughest fight, Delante Johnson of the United States, and veteran Andrey Zamkovoy of the Russian Olympic Committee in the semifinal.
Silver medalist McCormack, who was the No. 1 seed in the field, beat Belarus’ Aliaksandr Radzionau, Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov, and Ireland’s Aidan Walsh, the last bout via walkover due to injury.