Featherweight preview: Mirzakhalilov to deny Alvarez at third attempt?

Planet Sport previews the standout fighters from the featherweight category...

Top seed: Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov

Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov has it all.

And more importantly, he forces opponents to brawl with him inside the ring.

Not only is the Uzbekistan star a pressure fighter, he also has a lot of skill in the locker.

He won the 2019 World Championships as well as the Asian Championships and possesses a record of 58-16.

Most talked about: Lazaro Alvarez

The Cuban southpaw has huge experience as an amateur having racked up 170 wins from 198 bouts. His medal tally is just as impressive.

Alvarez won three world title medals in 2011, 2015 and 2019 and has fought in two Olympics - London 2012 and Rio 2016 - winning bronze in both competitions.

One to watch out for: Peter McGrail

McGrail is dubbed as the 'Scouse Lomachenko'. His opening fight at the Olympics is a tough contest against Chatchai Butdee.

Butdee has fought at the previous two Olympics and if McGrail can beat the 36-year-old then a potential clash against Alvarez could be a mouth-watering quarter-final battle.

McGrail wears his heart on his sleeve, which at times, can be his best and worst attribute.

"It's fired me up for the Olympics more," McGrail said about the draw. "I'm going to be a completely different animal in these Olympics.

"I'm just looking forward to my first fight and performing in front of the watching world. It's going to be special.

"There are some good lads at my weight in the Olympics, as there are at all the weights, but I believe I am one of the best and, if I perform as I know as I can, then I can beat them all," he added.

"If I were to win a silver or bronze medal then there's no doubt I would be disappointed for a few weeks afterwards because, when you've been brought up as a winner, then that's what you want to do."

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