Daniel Lewis Defeats Tomasz Jablonski
Australia's Daniel Jason Lewis (L) and Tomasz Jablonski (R) of Poland during their middleweight boxing bout at Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games on Tuesday, 9th August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Pic: Frank Franklin II/AP

Australian middleweight Daniel Lewis takes a split decision over Poland’s Tomasz Jablonski on Tuesday, 9th August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Daniel Lewis made his Olympic debut. He faced strong Tomasz Jablonski from Poland in the Preliminary Round from a field of 28. Although the bout went into a split decision Australian has done enough to earn the victory on points. Lewis won the first two rounds (29-28, 29-28) and Jablonski took the third (29-28).

“I was a bit scared when they said it was a split decision, but my luck has turned,” Olympics.com.au quotes Lewis.

“It was awesome, a dream come true. To come away with a win from my first fight at an Olympics is amazing.”

“We knew he would be tough, I had seen him fight before. I listened to my coaches and picked my shots.”

Lewis is now facing Bektemir Melikuziev from Uzbekistan. The bout happens on Friday, August 12. It falls on the same day when Aussie lightweight Shelley Watts is making her Olympic debut. She is fighting Italian Irma Testa in the field of 12. Victorious outcome will bring Watts to take on the current world champion Estelle Mossely from France.

All up to make the gold medal rounds Lewis needs to go through four victorious rounds and Watts has to go through three. Both won their tickets to Rio 2016 at the AIBA Asian/Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in China last April. Lewis earned the bronze medal while Watts took silver. They are on the mission to collect the first Olympic boxing medals for Australia in 28 years. Moreover, the hope is to earn the first ever boxing gold medal for the Nation.

Australian boxing team suffered a loss on Saturday, August 6th. Heavyweight Jason Whateley faced a defeat from Brazilian Juan Nogueira. A unanimous 3-0 decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) went to the corner of the local favorite. Consequently Australian dropped out of the competition.