Boxing for Gold

by sumpteretc

Fox Sports reports on Mongolia’s Olympic boxing hopefuls:

Both China and Mongolia made history by qualifying fighters for an Olympic boxing final for the first time – and in Mongolia’s case it was at a Games where judoka Tuvshinbayar Naidan won the country’s first ever Olympic gold.

Badar-Uugan Enkhbat at bantamweight and Serdamba Purevdorj at light-flyweight will hope to become Mongolia’s first ever boxing Olympic champions.

“I’m very happy and proud that two of our boxers could get through to the finals,” said Mongolian coach Bandi Damdinjav.

“It’s very honourable for us and for all Mongolian people.”

Serdamba will face Zou Shiming, the third of China’s finalists, who as double world champion will start as favourite.

Badar-Uugan will come up against Yankiel Leon of Cuba.