August 05, 2021 2:47 PM
Last modified date: August 05, 2021 2:49 PM
Alex Lawes

Olympic Boxing – Men's Heavyweight Gold Medal Fight – Muslim Gazhimagomedov vs Julio la Cruz Preview & Prediction

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When is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics taking place? The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is taking take place between 23rd July, 2021 and 8th August 2021, although some preliminary events began on 21st July, 2021.

Where is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics taking place? While the vast majority of Olympic action will naturally take place in Tokyo or the surrounding areas, the likes of Yokohama, Saitama, Sendai, Kashima and Sapporo are also hosting events.

Where can I get tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Many events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are be taking place without spectators, but not all. For full information, your best bet is to head here for the latest information.

What TV channel is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on in the UK? Televised Olympic coverage is shared between BBC and Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedules for the full breakdown.

Where can I stream the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the UK? Unlike in previous Olympic Games, the Beeb can only show two live events at any one time, which are viewable on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app. Eurosport subscribers can stream the action on Eurosport Player, while the biggest offering is available for subscribers of discovery+, the new player in town. For those not inclined, the BBC have a highlights programme at 19:30 every evening.


What time is the Men’s Heavyweight final bout taking place? 07:05 on Friday 6th August (UK time)

Where is the Men’s Heavyweight final bout taking place? Ryogoku Kokugikan

Who is the reigning Olympic champion in the Men’s Heavyweight final bout? Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia


This final is being contested between two of the most impressive teams at this year’s Boxing event in the Russian Olympic Committee and Cuba.

ROC’s Muslim Gazhimagomedov comes into this bout on the back of an impressive victory over David Nyika of New Zealand in the semi-final. That was the first time in the competition that he had a judge go against him after back-to-back 5-0 victories.

Cuba’s Julio la Cruz is looking to pick up his country’s third gold medal in this year’s Boxing. La Cruz comes into this after a couple of difficult fights but fairly comfortable victories against Emmanuel Reyes Pla of Spain and Abner Teixeira of Brazil.


Julio la Cruz earned gold in 2016 in Rio in the Light Heavyweight competition and his move up a division has seen a similar pattern of success. The Cuban will come into this as the slight favourite to become another Cuban multi-gold medalist in Olympic Boxing.


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