All setup for a fascinating Women’s lightweight boxing gold medal bout

The end of the boxing programme takes place on Sunday and conceivably it may see the best gold medal bout of the Olympics as the 2018 and 2019 Women’s lightweight world champions box for the gold medal.

Hawkeye Sidekick previews the Women’s lightweight bout looking at the paths of Ireland’s Kellie Harrington and Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira to this gold medal bout as well looking at how the bout may unfold.

Road to the final

Beatriz FerreiraKellie Harrington
Round of 32N/AN/A
Round of 16Beat Wu (5-0) Beat Nicoli (5-0)
Quarter FinalsBeat Kodirova (5-0)Beat Khelif (5-0)
Semi FinalsBeat Potkonen (5-0)Beat Seesondee (3-2)

Boxer Statistics

Beatriz FerreiraKellie Harrington
BornSalvador, Bahia, BrazilDublin, Ireland
Height5′ 4″ (162 cm)5′ 7″ (170 cm)
Honours2019 AIBA Women’s Lightweight Champion (Gold)
2019 Pan American Lightweight Champion (Gold)
2018 South American Lightweight Champion (Gold)
2018 World Championship Women’s Lightweight (Gold)
2019 European Games Women’s Lightweight (Silver)
2018 European Champions Women’s Lightweight (Bronze)
2017 European Union Championship Lightweight (Silver)
2016 World Championship Women’s Light Welterweight (Silver)

Styles should make this final a superb spectacle

The video footage below is only a prelude to be honest but it tries to illustrate the styles at play here. Ferreira’s work rate is her key asset.

The Brazilian continually puts her opponent under pressure, not allowing her opponent a chance to regroup. It was seen to full effect today as Potkonen simply had no answer to the onslaught from the slick Brazilian.

If you recall Potkonen, she was the boxer who defeated Katie Taylor in the Rio 2016 Olympics so the Finnish boxer has pedigree which makes the Ferreira display all the more impressive.

Kellie Harrington is such an astute boxer. Her work on the front foot is so good. We saw that in the semifinal bout today where the Thai boxer looked to pressurize only for Harrington to evade superbly and launch her own shot selection.

The reach advantage for Harrington could be a key asset for the Sunday final bout. The jab will be her friend as Ferreira looks to get on the inside and impress the judges.

It is all setup for a magnificent end of tournament women’s lightweight boxing gold medal bout. 50/50 fight and expect fireworks! The gold medal will go to the boxer who holds their nerve, executes the game plan. That is easier said than done. Roll on Sunday to find out!

Ferreira semi-final bout win from the 2019 AIBA World Championship
Kellie Harrington bout against Jelena Jelic in 2019