London: Serik Sapiyev stunned a boisterous home crowd on Sunday when he pummelled his way to welterweight gold with a 17-9 demolition of Britain's Freddie Evans and hand Kazakhstan its first boxing title of the Games.
Kazakhstan, a rising force in amateur boxing who will host next year's world championships, had pocketed a bronze elsewhere in the men's draw but when Sapiyev bounded into the ring, it looked like he was fully intent on getting gold.
The world championship silver medallist was much the quicker boxer in the opening exchanges, using his longer reach to keep Evans at bay with a right jab and scoring when he got in close with some right hooks.
Evans, who had been improving with every round, beating Ukraine's world champion Taras Shelestyuk in the semi-finals, looked shocked as the Kazak easily took the second round to open up a 10-5 lead going into the last....more
08:30 PM, Aug 12, 2012