Olympic Men's Boxing: Campbell to edge out Nevin in exciting bout

Will Team GB's Luke Campbell edge out Ireland's John Joe Nevin?

The guys at Abelson Info have previewed all of Saturday's boxing finals and they fancy Team GB's Luke Campbell to edge out Ireland's John Joe Nevin in the bout of the night...

"Nevin often looks the aggressor in fights, but with Campbell’s pin point accuracy and patience I expect the Brit to have a slight advantage going into the final picking the correct times to attack and counter."


Men's Light Fly (49kg) - Shiming Zou (CHN) 1.511/2 vs Kaeo Pongprayoon (THI) 2.942/1

Although Zou Shiming has arguably not looked his prolific self in this tournament thus far, the reigning Olympic and World Champion will no doubt be looking to bow out in style in what he has said to be his final Olympic games, and I strongly expect a faultless display from him. Pongrayoon is a determined fighter and will look to dominate the middle of the ring taking the fight to Zou, but Zou will show the class he did when these two met in the 2011 World Championships to pick the right punches and take the gold by a comfortable distance against a fighter who has already over achieved at these games.

Verdict: Shiming Zou


Men's Bantam (56kg) - Luke Campbell (GBR) 2.166/5 vs John Joe Nevin (IRE) 1.84/5

John Joe Nevin is a very experienced amateur boxer at the age of only 23, and holds the accolade of being the only Irish boxer to have won two World Championship medals. He has impressed at these Olympics, most notably knocking out number one seed Cuban Lazaro Alverez in the semi-final (19-14). His opponent, British Luke Campbell, got off to a slow start at these games but has found his feet impressively in the later stages and this final sets up to be an intriguing encounter. These two last met in Baku in the World Championship semi-final where Campbell took the fight on a count back after the scores were level at 12-12 at the finish. Nevin often looks the aggressor in fights, but with Campbell's pin point accuracy and patience I expect the Brit to have a slight advantage going into the final picking the correct times to attack and counter. Either way it will be close.

Verdict: Luke Campbell


Men's Light Welter (64kg) - Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo (CUB) 1.654/6 vs Denys Berinchyk (UKR) 2.35/4

This promises to be an exciting final, two aggressive fighters performing well so far and scoring heavy points on the way. Berinchyk has a crowd pleasing style, comes forward aggressively and picks his shots carefully often attacking the body. Sotolongo is a natural fighter like many of the Cubans are and has a devastating uppercut which he proved vital in the semi-final against Italian Vincenzo Mangiacapre. Many will favour Sotolongo in this fight but a lot comes down to whether he can handle the pure physicality of the Ukranian fighter. Sotolongo may start the quicker but I expect Denys to menace the Cuban in the final round taking a slender victory and the gold.

Verdict: Denys Berinchyk


Men's Middle (75kg) - Esquiva Florentino Falcao (BRA) 1.654/6 vs Ryota Murata (JAP) 2.427/5

This fight will only go one way in my opinion. Florentino Falcao has been my favourite boxer at these Olympics, his quick combinations are crisp and affective and his style is pleasing on the eye to any boxing purist. He attacks from the opening bell but sometimes struggles to keep up his aggression to bitter end. Japan's Ryota Murata has competed at two World Championships and is unbeaten in his home country since 2005, but his inexperience in Olympic competition may prove his downfall. He was lucky to get through the semi-final by a point, and this was only due to him throwing caution to the wind in the final round throwing every punch he had in his repertoire. If the scores are close going into the final three minutes I fully expect Falcao to weather a Murata storm and take the gold medal for Brazil.

Verdict: Esquiva Florentino Falcao


Men's Heavy (91kg) - Oleksandr Usyk (UKR) 1.42/5 vs Clemente Russo (ITA) 3.185/40

A rematch of the 2008 Beijing quarter-final see's Oleksandr Usyk looking to seek revenge on the Italian who went on to take silver at the last Olympic games. Their semi final bouts couldn't have been more opposite which could prove the Ukrainain to hold a slight advantage going into this final. Usyk had little problems demolishing Bulgarian Tergel Pulev with a score of 21-5 where as Russo needed a last round comeback to advance to the final after a 15-13 win over Azerbaijan's Teymur Mammadov. The Italian looks uncharacteristically out of sort at this year's Olympics and has struggled in each bout so far. Usyk could well be meeting Russo at the right time to avenge the wrongs of four years ago, and I expect the aggressive, hard hitting southpaw to come out on top.

Verdict: Oleksandr Usyk


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