Shakur Stevenson guaranteed another boxing medal for Team USA by making the Olympic semifinals, while fellow American fighter Gary Russell lost in controversial fashion.
Stevenson, 19, took on Mongolia’s Tsendbaatar Erdenebat in a bantamweight fight, and won 3-0 with unanimous 10-9 scores from judges Hassan Moudrikah, Allan Roos, and Emre Aydin.
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Light welterweight Russell, 20, fought Uzbekistan 25-year-old Fazliddin Gaibnazarov. The American lost the first round, but there’s controversy in the splitting of the second round.
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Russell landed a couple big shots, while Gaibnazarov’s round was all about tying up the American. Russell decisively took the third round 10-9 on all three cards, but that split second cost him the fight.
U.S. boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather was in the house to watch the two promising Americans fight.
USA fighters Shakur Stevenson and Gary Russell tape up for their next Olympic bouts on Tuesday in Rio.
Stevenson will face Mongolia bantamweight Tsendbaatar Erdenebat for a quarterfinal bout at 10:45 a.m. EDT, while light welterweight Russell is also in the quarters for a fight with Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov.
In table tennis, China and Germany go for gold in women’s team play, while Japan and Singapore battle for bronze.
Men’s water polo holds its quarterfinals, with Hungary and Montenegro starting the day with a 10 a.m. EDT match.
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Team USA bantwamweight boxer Shakur Stevenson delivered on his promise during his Olympic debut, cruising past Brazilian fighter Robenilson De Jesus 3-0 on Sunday at Riocentro Pavilion 6.
Despite being nine years the Brazilian’s junior, Stevenson won 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, wearing De Jesus down over the course of three rounds.
In light welterweight action, American boxer Gary Russell beat Thailand’s Wuttichai Masuk 2-1.
Russell won the first round 10-9 on all three judges cards but lost the second by the same score. It was a split decision in the third, but two judges scored it 10-9 for Russell.