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Bakhodir Jalolov wins Olympic gold for Uzbekistan at Tokyo 2020 – Diyor’s goosebump moment

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Diyor: “Hello, I come from Uzbekistan. My goosebump moment is when I watched the final day of Tokyo 2020 on TV. Because Bakhodir Jalolov, who is the famous boxer and world’s champion of heavyweight from my country, represented in the final. His opponent Richard Torrez Jr comes from the U.S. and was looking to join the list of American greats to win Olympic gold. You know the first round was very emotional because  Torres represented the round perfectly and attracted the consideration of referees. But we believed that Bakhodir would win the other rounds because he won the gold medal in Russia some years ago and his opponent was Torres in the final. At the end of the final the referees announced Bakhodir Jalolov as the winner.”

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An explosive super heavyweight final

Bakhodir Jalolov defeated American Richard Torrez by unanimous decision to win the gold medal for Uzbekistan in an explosive super heavyweight final to extend the United States’ 17-year wait for a gold medal in men’s Olympic boxing.

The Uzbek fighter was hurt in the first round by a vicious attack from Torrez but inflicted a standing count on the Californian before receiving a resounding 5-0 unanimous decision victory in Tokyo. Jalolov asserted his authority when his powerful left hand opened a cut and forced a standing count on Torrez, who was also deducted a point for use of the head.

Bakhodir Jalolov defeats American Richard Torrez

Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov won the Olympic super heavyweight boxing title by defeating Richard Torrez as the U.S. team hoped for its first men’s gold since 2004 evaporated in Tokyo. The disappointment was twofold for the U.S., as lightweight Keyshawn Davis also settled for silver after losing his final.

Torrez, 22, was defeated by the taller man unanimously as Jalolov added Olympic gold to his 2019 world champion crown. Torrez stunned Jalolov with a hard left in the first round and hit him again early in the second. But then he was deducted a point for use of the head and took a standing count as Jalolov locked in a sinister march.

In the second round, Torrez had to be treated briefly for a cut over his eye.

Bakhodir Jalolov

Bakhodir Jalolov, born in 1994, is an Uzbek professional boxer. As an amateur he competed in the super heavyweight division and won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, gold at the 2019 edition and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games, acting as Uzbekistan’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony.

He qualified to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics and won gold, and again served as Uzbekistan’s flag bearer. He resides in California, USA.

Uzbekistan’s performance at the Olympics

Uzbekistan first participated in the Olympics as an independent nation in 1994 and has since sent athletes to compete in every Games. Previously, Uzbek athletes competed as part of the Soviet Union in the Olympic Games from 1952 to 1988, and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan was part of the Unified Team in 1992.

Uzbek athletes have won a total of twenty-six medals at the Summer Olympics, mainly in wrestling and boxing. The nation has also won a single medal at the Winter Olympics. The National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan was created in 1992 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1993.

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