Brazil's Hebert Sousa scores stunning KO to win boxing men's middleweight gold

Hebert Sousa of Team Brazil celebrates victory and winning a gold medal during the Men's Middle (69-75kg) Final bout between Oleksandr Khyzhniak of Team Ukraine and Herbert Sousa of Team Brazil on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Hebert Sousa of Team Brazil celebrates victory and winning a gold medal during the Men's Middle (69-75kg) Final bout between Oleksandr Khyzhniak of Team Ukraine and Herbert Sousa of Team Brazil on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Ukraine's Oleksandr Khyzhniak wins the first two rounds comfortably, before being stunned by Sousa, who lands a heavy shot to take the Olympic gold medal. 

Brazil's Hebert Sousa has won a spectacular men's middleweight gold, after landing a crushing left hook to leave Ukraine's Oleksandr Khyzhniak down and beaten.

The referee called the bout off after 1 minute and 29 seconds of round three in one of the most memorable bouts of the entire boxing competition. With the Ukrainian leading 20-18 on the scorecards heading into the final round, Sousa caught Khyzhniak flush on the chin with a sharp left hook to end the contest.

Khyzhniak goes home with the silver medal, however there will be celebrations all across Brazil after a resounding Sousa win makes him Olympic champion.

In a post-fight interview, Sousa pointed to the comprehensive preparations that left him holding the Olympic gold medal.

“It was very difficult and I have to confront my opponent. Very, very powerful. I believed in our possibility and I trained to get the medal. I trained and trained,” he said.

And when asked how he felt about winning the gold medal, the Brazilian champion said: “It is fantastic and I am very emotional. I want to jump. I’m very happy.”

Khyzhniak was not overly downbeat about the defeat, keeping one eye on a return match against the Brazilian.

“I will try to remain in amateur boxing," he said. "I want to turn this silver into gold. I’ve played him before and I want to face him again.”