Brazilian fighter Hebert Sousa showed a solid performance today in the men's middle semi-final bout and defeated ROC's Gleb Bakshi.
The Brazilian boxer dominated the first two rounds and dictated the pace with more effective blows and jabs. On the Bakshi gave his all but not enough to outlast Sousa.
Sousa, who won by 4:1, made a little dance right after his name had been announced as the winner.
“I was really nervous before the fight but I was feeling really confident. I tried my best, I was training a lot," the 23-year-old Brazilian boxer said.
"All my fights were really hard but I really tried my best," he said.
He will now meet Ukraine's Oleksandr Khyzhniak in a final gold medal match this Saturday 7 August in the famed Kokugikan Arena.
On how confident he is during these Olympic Games, the Brazilian boxer said:
“Every fight I am getting a bit more confident. The confidence changes a lot in the fight.
"For every fight I start in the beginning feeling a bit sore but during the fight I feel more confident and I try my best.
“I’m really confident to do really good work (in the final) and to win the gold medal.”
Meanwhile ROC's Gleb Bakshi who lost to Sousa and has picked up bronze was not disappointed about his loss:
“I thank my opponent that he showed my mistakes. After this fight I would like to go back home and I would like to consult with the coaching team and will be discussing the future training sessions and will be working on how to improve our mistakes," he said.
“These Olympics Games were the first for me and I hope that it won't be the last. I have a lot of nice emotions taken from this Olympics.”