Road To The Olympic Games

Ukraine's Lomachkeno upsets Russian world champion

Ukraine boxer Vasyl Lomachenko exacted a measure of revenge during his opening bout Monday in Beijing.

Ukraine boxer Vasyl Lomachenko exacted a measure of revenge during his opening bout Monday in Beijing.

Lomachenko upset Russian and defending world champion Albert Selimov 14-7 to advance to the next round of the 57-kilogram featherweight division.

At the world championships in Chicago last year, Selimov defeated Lomachenko in convincing fashion in the final.

But the Ukraine fighter bounced back on Monday, ending Selimov's Olympic tournament early. Trailing 2-0 after the first round, Lomachenko took the next two rounds 13-3 and never looked back.

China's Li Yang, a bronze winner at the worlds, easily disposed of Brazil's Robson Conceicao 12-4.

Raynell Williams of Cleveland, Ohio, dominated Italy's Alessio di Savino 9-1. Williams, 19, just missed out on contending for a medal last year at the worlds, winning his first three bouts.

Cuban Idel Torriente easily moved on 11-2 against Prince Octopus Dzanie of Ghana, with Mongolia's Enkhzoriq Zorigtbaatar a 10-1 winner over Mahdi Outine of Morocco. The Mongolian fighter has moved up in weight after winning a silver at the world championships in the 54-kilogram class.

In other 57-kg action, Luis Porozo of Ecuador edged Roberto Navarro from the Dominican Republic on points, Uzbekistan's Bahodirjon Sultonov beat Anthresh Lalit Lakra 9-5, and France's Khedafi Djelkhir advanced with a 13-9 win over Paul Fleming of Australia.

Arturo Santos Reyes of Mexico, Shahin Imranov of Azerbaijan, Nikoloz Izoria of Georgia and Alaa Shili of Tunisia were also winners.

Ugas begins gold-medal quest

Cuba's Yordenis Ugas began his quest for his first Olympic gold medal after crushing Hamza Kramou of Algeria 21-3 in the 60-kg lightweight division.

Yordenis's path to gold was made easier when world champion Frankie Gavin of Great Britain was forced to withdraw from the Olympics for failing to make weight days before the opening ceremony.

Salam Ali, the first Arab American boxer to compete in the Olympics, wasn't as fortunate. Romania's Georgian Popescu defeated Ali 20-5.

Domenico Valentino of Italy, 2007 world silver medallist, dominated Moroccan Tahar Tamsamani 15-4.

Defending Olympic champ Alexey Tischenko of Russia soundly defeated Saifeddine Nejmaoui of Tunisia 10-2. Tischenko won bronze at last year's worlds.

The other bronze medallists from the world championships, Song Guk Kim, was eliminated on Monday. Daouda Sow of France beat the North Korean 13-3.

In one of the closest fights of the evening, Asylbek Talasbaev of Kyrgyzstan got by Brazilian Everton Lopes 9-7, while Aussie Anthony Little handled Julius Indongo of Namibia 14-2.

Other winners in the class were:

  • Qing Hu of China.
  • Mersey Akshalov of Kazakhstan.
  • Francisco Javier Vargas of Mexico.
  • Jose Gonzalez Pedraza of Puerto Rico.