Olympic Boxing – Men's Light Heavyweight Gold Medal Fight Preview & Prediction

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GENERAL OVERVIEW

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.

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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.

EVENT OVERVIEW

What time is the Men’s Light Heavyweight taking place? 07:35 on Wednesday 4th August (UK time)

Where is the Men’s Light Heavyweight taking place? Kokugikan Arena

Who is the reigning Olympic champion in the Men’s Light Heavyweight? Julio Cesar La Cruz of Cuba

WHO ARE THE LEADING MEDAL CONTENDERS?

This final bout is a contest between Rio 2016 men’s middleweight champion gold medalist Arlen Lopez and Team GB’s Benjamin Whittaker. It is the second final between Cuba and Great Britain in the Boxing in as many days.

That first final between Roniel Iglesias and Pat McCormack saw the Cuban come out on top and, if you believe in patterns, Iglesias was also already an Olympic gold medalist.

Lopez’ route to the final has been exemplary whilst Whittaker has had some difficulty, especially in his semi-final against Imam Khataev of the Russian Olympic Committee.

TSZ’S PREDICTION

Team GB’s gold medal hopes in the Boxing don’t end with Whittaker but it is expected to be a fairly frustrating start to the final bouts and back-to-back defeats to Cuban opposition looks like a very likely occurrence as Lopez comes into this as the favourite.

TSZ Tip: ARLEN LOPEZ (Cuba) TO WIN

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