Sarsekbayev wins welterweight boxing gold

Updated: 30 August 2008 08:52 IST

Bakhyt Sarsekbayev of Kazakhstan dominated Cuba's Carlos Banteaux 18-9 to win Olympic welterweight boxing gold in Beijing on Sunday.

Sarsekbayev wins welterweight boxing gold

Beijing:

Bakhyt Sarsekbayev of Kazakhstan dominated Cuba's Carlos Banteaux 18-9 to win Olympic welterweight boxing gold in Beijing on Sunday.

Banteaux's defeat meant that Cuba failed to win a single boxing gold at these Games despite qualifying eight fighters for semi-finals.

They finished with four silver and four bronze, the first time they have failed to win a gold since 1968 -- other than 1984 and 1988 when they didn't compete.

Banteaux finished the first round 1-0 up but Sarsekbayev took control there on, scoring at will with his crunching right hooks to the body and straight lefts right now the muzzle.

"When I was told by the coach I was losing I decided not to worry but to stick to my initial plan," said the Kazakh.

"I was faster in the exchanges but I could have won more convincingly."

Banteaux became ragged in the third as he tried to rescue the situation, allowing Sarsekbayev to pick him off.

Still it was an entertaining fight and Banteaux's attacking, come-forward style contributed to that.

Sarsekbayev said that fighters from his country didn't have an inferiority complex towards Cubans, who have long dominated amateur boxing.

"We were never afraid of Cuban boxers. Boxers from Kazakhstan are able to challenge any opponents in the world because boxing in Kazakhstan has always been at the world level," he said.

Banteaux admitted he lost the bout in that one-sided second round.

"He's more experienced than me. I was down in the second round so I changed my tactics and then I messed up," he said.

"Coming to the Olympics is a dream in itself, plus I'm going home with a silver medal.

"Obviously I was expecting gold and I fought for that but this is a dream come true."

Chinese Muslim Hanati Silamu, an ethnic Kazakh from the restive Xinjiang province, and South Korea's Kim Jung Joo won the bronze medals.

Topics : Boxing
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