- Beatriz Ferreira (Brazil) def. Shiy-yi Wu (Chinese Taipei), 5:0: Ferreira won the Worlds in 2019, has won some other tournaments in recent years, has the No. 3 seed in Tokyo. She’s clearly a threat. Good aggression, comes forward nicely without lunging sloppily, and moves her head well at range, actually fought better at range despite Wu being notably taller.
- Raykhona Kodirova (Uzbekistan) def. Naomie Yumba (Democratic Republic of the Congo), 5:0: Strong performance from Kodirova, who now moves on to face Ferreira. Clearly more technically sound here, and just a tough outing for Yumba, who put the work in and tried to get something going, but couldn’t find the openings.
- Esra Yildiz (Turkey) def. Dayana Sanchez (Argentina), 5:0: Yildiz and Sanchez mixed it up some in the first, Yildiz winning three of the five cards, but it looked like her superior technique would probably take over at some point, and it did. She didn’t totally cruise, but she was the better boxer and moves on to the quarterfinals.
- Mira Potkonen (Finland) def. Yeonji Oh (Republic of Korea), 4:1: The 40-year-old Potkonen, who was gassed to hell but survived pro world titleholder Maiva Hamadouche in the round of 32, was gassed to hell here but beat Oh, the No. 2 seed in the draw. Potkonen breathes hard but just fights her ass off once the lights are on for every round, gives everything she has, and she’s still a damn good fighter and a medal contender. She won bronze at Rio 2016 and eliminated Katie Taylor there, and she just keeps rolling very strong. She’s a tough, tough out for anyone, and Yildiz will have her hands full in the quarterfinal.
Women’s welterweight (Quarterfinals)
Winners guaranteed at least a bronze medal.
- Oshae Jones (United States) def. Maria Moronta (Dominican Republic), 4:0:1: Team USA have their first guaranteed medalist, as Jones advances to the semifinal round. Moronta went down in the second round, just caught on a good right hook, but Moronta really tried to get aggressive from there and keep it as close as she could, and look to maybe catch Jones in return. Didn’t happen. Mostly Jones had the better tactical approach here, but man did Moronta rush on and try to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.
- Hong Gu (China) def. Alcinda Helena Panguana (Mozambique), 5:0: Gu, the No. 2 seed, pretty well dominated here, and she’s going to be a very tough matchup for Jones. She’s sound, fights clever, keeps range well, and makes opponents waste energy at times. Jones may have to try and lead more than she wants, but she should also be better able to neutralize some of Gu’s offense, as Panguana just didn’t have…
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