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Watch Bakhodir Jalolov – who beat Frazer Clarke – brutally KO Richard Torrez Jr, with pair to clash in Olympics final

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-08-04

UZBEKISTAN'S Bakhodir Jalolov will fight a familiar face in the final of the Tokyo 2020 super-heavyweight boxing final.

His opponent on Sunday will be 22-year-old Richard Torrez Jr - a man he brutally knocked out three years at the AIBA World Boxing Championships.

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Bakhodir Jalolov fought Richard Torrez Jr in 2019 - despite being a pro even back then
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It did not end well for Torrez who was brutally knocked out by Jalolov

The very fact that it happened drew a fair bit of criticism - Jalolov had already turned professional then, fighting six times and winning all by KO.

What resulted was Torrez, one of the smallest boxer's in this summer's super-heavyweight division, being laid flat on his back after a brutal beatdown.

The American was carried out on a stretcher and had to be checked over by medical staff.

The fact that the two even fought back then drew some pretty strong criticism.

WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman described how it was 'brutal and criminal' to allow a professional like Jalolov fight an 'outclassed 20-year-old amateur'.

And now the pair are set to do it all over again - and although Torrez Jr is far more experienced, he is up against a professional KO machine.

Jalolov now has eight pro wins in eight - all by way of KO

Torrez Jr defeated Kamshybek Kunkabayav in his semi-final.

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Jalolov triumphed against Team GB's Frazer Clarke in his semi after a huge cut opened up above the Brit's eye.

The referee eventually waved off the fight, but Jalolov was well ahead on the judges' scorecards.

BBC commentator Steve Bunce was stunned by the ref's decision not to stop the fight earlier, saying: 'That cut is disgraceful.

"That cut would stop any fight in any decade in the world, it's a 30 stitch cut - it looks like he's been bitten by a shark!"

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Torrez will get his ultimate chance of revenge - with a gold medal on the line Credit: Getty
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WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman was critical of professional Jalolov fighting amateur Torrez Jr - now they will do it a second time

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