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the French Mourad Aliev refuses to leave the ring after an Olympic DQ for a header – .


He expressed his contempt for the decision by spitting out his mouthguard and kicking it, making offensive gestures twice and shaking and hitting a TV camera.

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TOKYO – A dramatic day of action before the start of the gold medal fights was marked by a disqualification which led an enraged Frenchman to refuse to move from the ring, while Samuel Takyi won the first Olympic boxing medal of Ghana in nearly 50 years.

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In the final match of the first session at the Kokugikan arena in Tokyo on Sunday, French super heavyweight Mourad Aliev was disqualified for what the referee considered to be an intentional head butt – an appeal he protested with an hour-long sit-in in the ring.

It was only after that the Moscow-born Frenchman expressed his contempt for the decision by spitting out his mouthguard and kicking him, making offensive gestures twice, and shaking and hitting a television camera.

Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men’s super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Photo of THEMBA HADEBE /AFP/Getty Images/Piscine
Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men's super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men’s super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Photo of Buda Mendes /Getty Images
Briton Frazer Clarke (red) and Frenchman Mourad Aliev compete in their boxing match in the super-heavyweight quarter-finals (over 91 kg) at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Briton Frazer Clarke (red) and Frenchman Mourad Aliev compete in their boxing match in the super-heavyweight quarter-finals (over 91 kg) at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo by LUIS ROBAYO /AFP via Getty Images

“It’s totally unfair – I won the game,” Aliyev told a crowd of reporters after finally relinquishing his place in the ring. The first round went to Aliev 3-2.

His opponent, Briton Frazer Clarke, suffered cuts to his face and won the fight with four seconds left in the second round.

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The day turned out to be much better for Ghanaian featherweight Samuel Takyi, who outscored Colombian opponent Ceiber Avila to win at least one bronze medal – the country’s first boxing medal in nearly 50 years. It was also the country’s first Olympic medal since Ghana won bronze in football in 1992.

“I’m going to make history and I’m going to win the color gold,” said Takyi, his short hair dyed a golden shade for the Tokyo Games.

As the panting Avila retreated to his corner after the final bell, Takyi, 20, jumped on the ropes to greet his Ghanaian teammates in the stands, then rushed to his corner to show off with a few push-ups.

“I want the boxers in my division to see me,” he said of his youth display. “I’m the best and I’ll be the best ever. I’m gonna do something, I’m gonna make a big story.

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Takyi will meet American Duke Ragan in the semifinals.

Elsewhere, Filipino middleweight Eumir Marcial knocked out Armenian Arman Darchinyan with a right hook to advance to the semi-finals, securing him at least a bronze medal.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Marcial said of his guaranteed medal.

Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men's super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men’s super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Photo of THEMBA HADEBE /Piscine/AFP/Getty Images
Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men's super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men’s super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Photo de UESLEI MARCELINO /AFP via Getty Images
Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men's super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Frenchman Mourad Aliev reacts after losing by disqualification to Briton Frazer Clarke in their men’s super-heavyweight boxing quarter-final (over 91 kg) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Photo of THEMBA HADEBE /AFP/Getty Images/Piscine

“When I was young and started boxing, we talked about it with my father and… I’m now an Olympic medalist,” added Marcial, who was trained by his father very early on and now works with the trainer of the Hall of the fame Freddie Roach in the United States.

“But I want the gold so I’ll do my best to give my best performance and leave the rest to God. “

In other weight classes, Britain’s Pat McCormack advanced to the men’s welterweight final by forfeit after Ireland’s Aidan Walsh retired with an ankle injury, winning a bronze medal.

In the light heavyweight category, fellow Briton Ben Whittaker beat Russian Imam Khataev by split decision for a gold chance.

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