The boxing tournament is down to one professional. Italian fighter Carmine Tommasone became the second of the three professional fighters who decided to compete in the Olympics and lose.
Italian fighter Carmine Tommasone became the second of the three professional fighters who decided to compete in the Olympics and lose. Tommasone lost a unanimous decision to Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez in a lightweight bout.
French-Cameroonian fighter Hassan N’Dam was ousted over the weekend.
Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng is the lone pro left and he fights Tuesday night.
The 32-year-old Tommasone, who won his first Olympic bout, wasn’t exactly the kind of professional the International Boxing Association (AIBA) had hoped to compete when it decided earlier this year to allow any boxer to attempt to qualify for the Olympics.
The big-name boxers never materialized in Rio.
Tommasone never found his stride against Alvarez, a three-time world champion in two classes.
“I consider them professional amateurs,” Tommasone said. “They are professional players of three rounds. I tried to adapt to the three-round matches but it was difficult to adapt.”Catch up on the results of today’s matchups