Yafai has reached the boxing flyweight semi-finals

GB have secured their best Olympic boxing medal haul for 101 YEARS, as Galal Yafai overpowered Yosvany Veitia to book a place in the flyweight semi-finals

  • Galal Yafai is aiming to add to his 2018 Commonwealth gold medal in the division
  • The 28-year-old outworked Yosvany Veitia to seal the victory in the final round
  • It means GB have secured at least six boxing medals – the most since 1920
  • Karriss Artingstall won a bronze medal in the women’s featherweight last week
  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here

Team GB have guaranteed their best boxing medal haul for 101 years, as Galal Yafai defeated Yosvany Veitia 4-1 to reach the flyweight semi-finals.

Yafai, featuring in his second Olympic Games, is hoping to add to the Commonwealth gold he won in 2018 in the same division, and he’s gone one step closer after a hard-fought points victory. 

It means Team GB have now won six medals in boxing in this Olympics – bettering the five they won in London 2012 – only beaten by their haul in the 1920 Games.

Galal Yafai (left) won the first and third rounds to beat Yosvany Veitia in a points decision

The 28-year-old from Birmingham came out of the blocks strong – his incessant punching in the first round proving too much for Yosvany Veitia to handle, handing Yafai a 4-1 split at the end of it. 

But Veitia responded strongly in the second round as Yafai attempted to calm things down – the third seed Cuban earning a 3-2 split. 

Yafai stumbled over the line against Zambia’s Patrick Cinyemba in the Round of 16 and had to dig deep again – his bustling all-action style getting him there with a crucial split in the final round.

Elation and relief for Yafai – he’s set up a semi-final bout against Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov. 

Yosvany Veitia (right) responded strongly in the second round but he was outworked in the end

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