INCHEON, South Korea (AFP) – Lightweight boxer Obada Alkasbeh was carried shoulder-high from the ring Monday crying tears of joy after upsetting South Korea’s Olympic silver medallist Han Soon-Chul in the Asian Games quarter-finals.
Alkasbeh swarmed all over the experienced Korean, 10 years his senior, from the first bell with a barrage of blows to guarantee the 20-year-old Jordanian at least a bronze medal in the 60kg class.
He amazingly kept up the furious assault for the whole three rounds, flailing in punches from all directions, forcing the gold medal favourite to retreat and try to box on the counter.
Han did land two great body shots in the second which led to him edging that round on all three judges’ scorecards as Alkasbeh missed more than he landed. But it was never going to be enough after a third-round slugging match where Alkasbeh kept raining in blows.