Oshae Jones secured the first medal for the U.S. Olympic Boxing team, outpointing Dominican Republic's Maria Moronta in their quarterfinal bout. Jones floored Moronta in round two en route to winning on four of the five scorecards to guarantee at least a Bronze medal.
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Jones—who fights out of Soul City Boxing Gym in Toledo—will next face number-two seed Gu Hong (China), who outclassed Helena Panguana (Mozambique) to run China women's Olympic boxing team record to a perfect 4-0 in Tokyo.
Hong won by scores of 30-27 on all five scorecards to advance to the medal round. She adds to China's already rich history in Olympic women's boxing, having now already laid claim to six medals since 2012 and with all four 2020 Olympic team members still alive in competition.
Buse Naz Surmeneli (Turkey) preserved her number-one seed at welterweight, beating Anna Lysenko (Ukraine) in their welterweight quarterfinal bout Friday afternoon at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.
Scores were 30-26, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in favor of Surmeneli, who advances to the semifinal round. The feat makes her the first Turkish fighter to be guaranteed a medal since Yakup Kilic earned a Bronze medal as a featherweight in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Kilic was eliminated in the semifinal round by Ukraine's Vasiliy Lomachenko, who went on to win the first of his two Gold medals. This time, it was Turkey's turn to conquer a fighter from Ukraine, who as a nation is just 2-4 in Tokyo and down to just one fighter. Turkey is now 4-2, with four of its six team members still in the hunt for a medal.
Awaiting Surmeneli in the semifinal round is Lovlina Borgohain (India), who eliminated number-four seed Nien-Chin Chen (Chinese Taipei) from competition following a split decision win.
Borgohain let out a mighty roar after hearing scores announced of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29. With her win, the India women's team improves to 5-2 in Tokyo.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox