Australian Jason Whateley loses to Brazilian Juan Nogueira at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Victorian heavyweight (91 kg) Jason Whateley, 25, faced local favorite Juan Noguira. The bout went ahead in the preliminary round of the first Olympic boxing session. It was held at Riocentro-Pavilion 6 on Saturday, August 6th.
Whateley earned his qualification by winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament in China last April. He was making his Olympic debut.
The crowd reportedly booed Australian while he was entering the ring. Brazilian received a deafening support. The bout ended in a unanimous decision 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-27). Consequently Nogueira steps into the following round. Whateley drops out of the games.
As a result, Australian team is left with two hopes in boxing. Daniel Lewis, 22, competes in the middleweight class (75 kg). Shelley Watts, 28, is fighting in the lightweight division (57-60 kg). Both are making their Olympic debut.
On Tuesday, August 9th Lewis is taking on Poland’s Tomasz Jablonski from the field of 28. Successful result will match him against Bektemir Melikuziev from Uzbekistan. Ultimately, to earn the gold-medal Lewis needs to win four bouts.
Watts is facing Italian Irma Testa on Friday, August 12th. Testa, 18, is the youngest boxer in the field of 12. Victorious outcome will get Watts to fight Estelle Mossely from France. Mossely is the current world champion.
In addition, Eurosport reports that on the first day for Olympic boxing, the fighters said they were happy to be competing without protective headgear. Rio 2016 are the first Games since 1980 to not use such protection. The athletes are reportedly satisfied with AIBA decision to eliminate the equipment at events since 2013 that included two world championships and one Commonwealth Games, welcoming better peripheral vision, even though it means more scrapes and cuts.