Fri, September 20, 2013

Canadian boxer Simon Kean suffers giant loss at Olympics

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency


Canadian super heavyweight Simon Kean (left) is beaten by Kazakhstan's Ivan Dychko during the Olympics in London on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

Canadian super heavyweight Simon Kean was certainly keen but just didn’t have the skills to defeat Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan in the boxing quarter-finals Monday night.

The 6-foot-9 Dychko, the defending world championship bronze medallist, used his height advantage and jab to keep the Trois-Rivieres, Que., fighter at bay.

Kean, to his credit, tried to turn the fight into a brawl — really his only chance.

But Dychko wasn’t having it, fighting a conservative but effective bout against Kean, who had trouble throwing his right hand. The final scorecards read 20-6 in Dychko’s favour.

The 6-foot-5 Kean has had recurring shoulder issues and underwent surgery in 2011. In 2007, he crushed his leg in an ATV accident and almost had it amputated.

“There was a little bit of stress (Monday),” Kean said. “I’m disappointed but I gave it everything I could.” Kean opened the tournament with a victory over Frenchman Tony Yoka, in a 16-16 decision that Kean won in a count back.

Windsor middleweight Mary Spencer lost earlier in the day to China’s Li Jinzi so Canada’s last chance for a boxing medal will be with Dartmouth, N.S., welterweight Custio Clayton, who meets European champion Freddie Evans of Great Britain on Tuesday night.

The last Canadian to win an Olympic boxing medal was David Defiagbon of Halifax in the heavyweight division at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

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