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Galal Yafai has earned himself a medal after he defeated Yosvany Veitia in flyweight quarter-finals

Sensational Galal Yafai digs deep to guarantee himself an Olympic medal after he overpowered Yosvany Veitia 4-1 to book a place in the flyweight semi-finals

Galal Yafai has secured an Olympic boxing medal after he 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.  

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.

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

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 either Gabriel Escobar of Spain or Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov. 

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

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

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