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Boxer wins gold with ‘impossible’ punch

The men’s middleweight final appeared to be all one way traffic as Ukrainian top seed Oleksandr Khyzhniak took a dominant lead into the final round against Sousa.Khyzhniak appeared set to live up to his billing as the top seed with a massive display in the first two rounds against Sousa who has no championship wins to his name.The Ukrainian just needed to stay on his feet.But with the open scoring meaning Sousa knew where he stood with just one round to go, the Brazilian knew he needed a KO to claim gold.And he did it, landing a huge left hook to knock Khyzhniak onto his back and claim the win as the referee waved off the fight as the Ukrainian was wobbly on his feet.Sousa was thrilled by the victory.“It was very difficult and I have to confront my opponent. Very, very powerful. I believed in our possibility and I trained to get the medal. I trained and trained,” he said.“It (the gold medal) is fantastic and I am very emotional. I want to jump. I’m very happy.”He is Brazil’s second ever boxing gold medallist after lightweight Robson Conceicao won gold in Rio.Khyzhniak said he would stay in the amateurs in a bid to win gold, and beat Sousa in the future.“I will try to remain in amateur boxing,” he said. “I want to turn this silver into gold. I’ve played him before and I want to face him again.”Social media was gobsmacked by the shock result.In the other divisions decided on Saturday, Britain’s Galal Yafai defeated Carlo Paalam to win the Olympic flyweight title, denying the Philippines a first boxing gold medal in the country’s history.The 28-year-old Yafai, a former car-factory worker, won on split points in an enthralling contest against Paalam to earn Britain’s first boxing gold in Tokyo.Nesthy Petecio won women’s featherweight silver and Eumir Marcial took men’s middleweight bronze.— with AFPOlympics – Latest Aus Results

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