Uzbek welterweight and Cristiano Ronaldo fan Shakhram Giyasov made sure of at least a boxing silver medal on Monday after out-pointing Morocco’s Mohammed Rabii 3-0 to reach the Olympic final.
His opponent in the gold medal bout will be decided in the evening semi-final between France’s Souleymane Diop Cissokho and Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov.
Rabii takes a bronze as a losing semi-finalist.
Giyasov, who beat Cuba’s 2012 light-welterweight Olympic champion Roniel Iglesias in the previous round, has entertained Rio fans by celebrating victory in the style of Real Madrid soccer striker Ronaldo – leaping with mouth open, arms wide and legs apart.
In the middleweight category, Cuba’s Arlen Lopez and Azerbaijan’s Kamran Shakhsuvarly won their quarter-finals to secure bronze medals. They will fight each other on Thursday for a place in the final.
Lopez, the 2015 world champion and top seed in the draw, beat France’s Christian Mbilli 3-0 while Shakhsuvarly overcame Kazakhstan’s Zhanibek Alimkhanuly on a 2-1 split points decision.
In the women’s lightweight quarter-finals, Finland’s Mira Potkonen beat Ireland’s
2012 champion Katie Taylor for at least a bronze medal.