If rising Australian boxing star Paulo Aokuso wants a spot on the podium in Tokyo, he’ll have to do it the hard way.
The 24-year-old heavyweight said his goodbyes in the first round of Thursday night’s Olympic draw before learning he would likely face No. 1 seed Bekzad Nurdauletov, who beat him in 2015. Last year, in the quarterfinals.
Aokuso made his division noticed when he defeated the world’s second best light heavyweight boxer in early 2020 in his first international tournament. In the same match, he later fell to Kazakhstan’s Nurdauletov in a decisive defeat.
It was better news for some of the other Australians as Skye Nicolson also bid her farewells in the first round of the featherweight rankings, with South Korea’s Im Aeji waiting for her afterwards.
Nicolson won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships and is on a collision course with Brazilian third seed Jucielen Romeu if they both claim the right. into the quarterfinals.
Commonwealth Games silver medalist Caitlin Parker will face Panama’s Atheyna Bylon for a place in the quarterfinals, with the women’s middleweight starting with just 16 opponents.
Alex Winwood (flyweight) and Harry Garside (lightweight) weren’t so lucky; both will have to win to reach the round of 16 at the Olympics.
Winwood will face Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba, while Garside, who won gold in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games, will face Papua New Guinea’s John Ume.
Australia is still seeking its first gold medal in boxing at the Olympics.
Skye Nicolson – BYE, then against Im Aeji (KOR) on Monday, July 26
Caitlin Parker – vs Atheyna Bylon (PAN) on Saturday, July 31
Alex Winwood – vs Patrick Chinyemba (ZAM) on Monday, July 26
Harry Garside – vs. John Ume (PNG) on Sunday, July 25
Paulo Aokuso – BYE, then Gazi Jalidov (ESP) on Wednesday, July 28
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