Boxer Ryota Murata won the gold medal on Saturday in the men’s 75 kilogram (165 pounds) division, Japan’s first medal in the sport in 48 years. At the London Olympics, Murata defeated Brazil’s Esquiva Falcao Florentino, who was trying to win his nation’s very first gold in boxing. The 26 year old Japanese boxer used a great mix of defense and quick reflexes to beat Falcao 14-13.
Murata won the silver medal at the world amateur championships last year, and easily beat Falcao during the semifinals at the time. Speaking of his win in London, he said he’s more than pleased with his results and how he maintained control while in the ring. Murata was up by two points in the first round, but while Falcao closed the gap quickly after, the gold medal winner kept his composure and stayed calm. The Brazilian was given a warning from the judges in the final round, and once it ended, he was down by a single point.
At 22 years old, Falcao, was almost lost to a life of street crime before his father, also a boxer, stepped in and gave him a new direction in life. He adds that this is the most important day of his career thus far, and wants to celebrate his medal win with his family and everyone at home in Brazil. He won’t rest for a moment however, as he hopes to win gold in 2016 when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics are hosted in his home country.
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