Team GB boxing star Ben Whittaker beats Colombian Jorge Luis Vivas in his opening bout at the Tokyo Olympics to send him into the last 16 of the light-heavyweight tournament
Team GB boxing star Ben Whittaker has progressed to the last 16 after defeating Jorge Luis Vivas in his opening fight at the Tokyo Olympics.
Whittaker beat the Colombian 4-1 on points to move further into the light-heavyweight tournament.
The 24-year-old allowed the more aggressive Vivas to come on to him, utilising his intelligent movement and sharp hand speed from the off.
Team GB boxing star Ben Whittaker (left) has beaten Jorge Luis Vivas (right) at the Olympics
The 24-year-old won 4-1 on points to move into the last 16 of the light-heavyweight tournament
He countered well, landing a strong left in the first round before continuing his dominance in the second with a well-aimed jab and precise uppercut.
Whittaker then defended well to close out the match, avoiding a potential banana skin against the powerful Vivas.
His win follows up on fellow Team GB pugilist Karriss Artingstall’s win on Saturday, although Peter McGrail was knocked out.