Team GB boxer Ben Whittaker defeats Colombian Jorge Luis Vivas in his opening match at the Tokyo Olympics to send him to the last 16 of the light heavyweight tournament
Team GB boxer Ben Whittaker has moved up to the last 16 after beating Jorge Luis Vivas in his opening fight at the Tokyo Olympics.
Whittaker defeated the Colombian 4-1 on points to advance in the light-heavyweight tournament.
The 24-year-old allowed the more aggressive Vivas to come at him, using his intelligent movement and sharp hand speed from the start.
Team GB boxer Ben Whittaker (left) defeated Jorge Luis Vivas (right) at the Olympics
The 24-year-old won 4-1 on points to advance to the last 16 of the light-heavyweight tournament
He countered well, landing a strong left in the first round before continuing his dominance in the second with a well-aimed jab and precise uppercut.
Whittaker then defended well to close out the match and avoid a potential banana peel against the powerful Vivas.
His win follows fellow Team GB boxer Karriss Artingstall’s win on Saturday, although Peter McGrail was eliminated.