Tokyo Olympics: Unanimous Decision loss for Keevin Allicock in Round of 32

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Guyanese Keevin Allicock bowed out of the Tokyo Olympic Games, losing by Unanimous Decision to Alexy Miguel de la Cruz of the Dominican Republic on Saturday morning at the Kokugikan Arena.

All five judges scored the Round of 32 Men’s Featherweight (52-57kg) contest in favour of de la Cruz 29-28, 29-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.

Allicock was the aggressor from the opening round, as his taller opponent took a more sedate approach, moving around the ring in an attempt to avoid the Guyanese.

The judges all scored the opening round 10-9 in favour of de la Cruz, while four scored it 10-9 and one 10-8 in round two for the DR boxer.

Allicock did manage to pull things back in the third and final round, with four of the judges scoring 10-9 in his favour, while the other had it 10-9 for de la Cruz.

The judges were Beau Campbell of the USA, Radoslav Simon of Slovakia, Susann Kopke of Germany, Mansur Muhiddinov of Tajikistan and Shiromala Nelka Thampu of Sri Lanka. The referee was Carl Ruhen of Australia.

Allicock, who earned a spot at the Games through his #19 world ranking, was seen as Guyana’s best chance of medalling at the Olympics.

Guyana has one Olympic medal- a bronze won by boxer Michael Parris at the 1980 Moscow Games.

Guyana’s Keevin Allicock (red) and Dominican Republic’s Alexy Miguel De La Cruz Baez fight during their men’s feather (52-57kg) preliminaries boxing match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on July 24, 2021. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO/AFP)
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