Felix Diaz of the Dominican Republic overcame Thai Manus Boonjumnong to win the men's light welter (64kg) title at the Beijing Olympic boxing tournament on Saturday.
Felix Diaz (blue) of Dominican Rep. competes during Men's Light Welter (64kg) Final Bout between Felix Diaz of Dominican Rep. and Manus Boonjumnong of Thailand of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games boxing event at Workers' Gymnasium in Beijing, China, Aug. 23, 2008. Felix Diaz defeated Manus Boonjumnong, and won the gold medal of the event. [Lu Mingxiang/Xinhua]
After a square first two bouts, the Domonican had complete control of the match in the remaining time to win the title at 12-4.
Both athletes pulled off a careful game in the first bout as Diaz took a slight upper hand to lead at 2-1. Manus' hard work got paid when he scored one point with 38 seconds left in the second bout to level things at 2-all.
But it turned out to be a flash in the pan as Diaz used a 9-1 run to take a comfortable lead at 11-3.
The Dominican never looked back en route to the 12-4 victory.
(Xinhua News Agency August 23, 2008)