Ginny Fuchs battled as though she had been preparing for this for the past four years.
On Sunday afternoon at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, the 33-year-old southpaw from Houston easily overcame height and reach limitations to win through unanimous decision over Svetlana Soluianova (ROC).
S. Soluianova Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Fuchs advanced to the round of 16 after a 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27 victory over Soluianova, whose 29-28, 29-28 victory was countered by Fuchs’ 30-27, 30-27 victory on three cards.
It was not an easy fight for Fuchs, who went to Rio with the U.S. Olympic team in 2016 despite not qualifying for the Olympics. The American boxer was relentless in her pursuit of a knockout, always moving forward with her lead foot outside of Soluianova’s left to maintain striking distance for her straight left.
Even though she was just 5 feet tall, Soluianova sought to make use of her long reach by boxing from the outside without fully committing to her jab.
In the second round, the action picked up as the fighters got a little too aggressive with each other. Although Fuchs was warned for pushing Soluianova, she was still able to land a jab, a left, and a number of body blows. Soluianova landed some right hands, and when Fuchs failed to properly bind her from the inside, she was in a prime position to do so.
The third round was the decisive one for Fuchs, with some grappling occurring but the American clearly setting the pace. Soluianova was knocked down multiple times and failed to strike any significant blows, yet she still managed to win the round and the fight on two of the five judges’ scorecards.
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