Kelly Harrington is the second Irish boxer to win an Olympic gold medal.
The 31-year-old Dublin boxer fell behind on the scoreboard after the first round, but Harrington struggled to find a big win in Tokyo after Katie Taylor’s 2012 London gold medal.
After Michael Garroth’s first victory at Barcelona in 1992, Harrington won only his third Olympic boxing match for Ireland, and 20 years later Taylor won his own title.
After Ferreira took the lead early on with a controlled first-round attack, Ireland’s hopes of a great victory for Harrington were in doubt.
But Harrington were disappointed in the second beautiful leg before giving up the Brazilian’s impressive right hand.
In balance, Harrington shook Ferreira with a clean left hand in the third round and parted ways enthusiastically after securing his historic victory.
This victory reflects Ireland’s second gold medal in Tokyo 2020.
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