Two Venezuelan boxers claimed Olympic spots on the final day of the qualifier ©AIBA

Home fans celebrated witnessing two Venezuelan boxers claim spots at Rio 2016 on the final day of the World Series of Boxing (WSB)/AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Olympic Qualification Tournament in Vargas.

Their veteran over 91 kilogram super heavyweight Edgar Ramon Munoz was looking to claim the sole berth on offer in the division at the final qualifying event and delivered a strong display against Ukraine’s Rostyslav Arkhypenko to achieve the feat.

Munoz took the lead in the early stages of the contest and was eventually awarded a unanimous points victory by the judges to seal his place at Rio 2016.

Yoel Finol had already earned an Olympic place by winning his 52kg flyweight semi-final yesterday but the 19-year-old Venezuelan defeated Germany’s Hamza Touba in the gold medal contest.

The final place was earned by Colombia’s Ceiber David after a box-off win over Ukraine’s Maksym Fatych.

Ecuador’s Marlo Delgado prevented another home gold medal by beating Endry Saavedra in the 75kg middleweight final by triumphing in every round.

Turkey’s Onder Sipal earned Olympic qualification by overcoming Germany’s Xhek Paskali in the bronze medal contest.

The final home interest was Victor Rodriguez, who sealed Venezuela’s second quota place of the day and fourth in total at the qualifier, by holding off a fightback from Turkey’s Ibrahim Gokcek in the 56kg bantamweight box-off to win on a points decision.

Kenyan APB boxer Benson Gicharu Njangiru received a walkover in the final after Dominican Republic’s Hector Luis Garcia withdrew.

Italy’s Carmine Tommasone claimed a quota place in the 60kg lightweight competition ©AIBA
Italy’s Carmine Tommasone claimed a quota place in the 60kg lightweight competition ©AIBA

Thailand’s Amnat Ruenrong, who yesterday made history in becoming one of the first two professionals to book a place at the Olympic Games following a controversial ruling passed at the AIBA Extraordinary Congress in June, was beaten in the 60kg lightweight final.

Ruenrong, the International Boxing Federation flyweight title holder until October of last year, was dealt a technical knock-out defeat by Mexico’s Lindolfo Delgado.

Italy’s Carmine Tommasone earned the weight division’s final place by beating Turkey’s Yasin Yilmaz to finish third.

The second professional fighter to reach Rio 2016, Cameroon’s Hassan N’Dam, was defeated by Colombia’s Juan Carlos Carrillo in the 75kg middleweight gold medal contest.

Ukraine’s Denys Solonenko received a quota place after a walkover, due to Poland’s Mateusz Jerzy Tryc not being able to compete.

Mexico’s Juan Pablo Romero enjoyed a walkover in the 69kg welterweight final when Germany’s Arajik Marutjan withdrew, while Spain’s Youba Ndiaye Sissokho beat India’s Neeraj Goyat to book his Olympic spot.

The final 49kg light flyweight spot was earned by Argentina’s Leandro Blanc after he defeated South Korea’s Jonghun Shin.

Ukraine’s Volodymyr Matviichuk was awarded a 64kg light welterweight place following a walkover, with Argentina’s Carlos Aquino unable to take part.

Ecuador’s Julio Cesar Castillo won the sole 91kg heavyweight place on offer as he battled to a unanimous win over Croatia’s Marko Calic, which will see the boxer compete at his second Olympic Games after participating at London 2012.