x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Diaz wins first gold for Dominican Republic

The light-welterweight Felix Diaz has won the first gold medal in Olympic boxing for the Dominican Republic.

BEIJING // Felix Diaz won the first gold medal in Olympic boxing for the Dominican Republic with a 12-4 battering of defending champion Manus Boonjumnong of Thailand. In a brawling four rounds, Diaz continuously beat the Thai to the punch, scoring heavily with rights to the head and a series of body blows. Diaz pulled away in the third round and Boonjumnong never rallied. The bronze medals went to Roniel Iglesias of Cuba, and Alexis Vastine of France.

*AP