Damien Hooper of Australia handed Team USA their first loss in London, beating Marcus Browne in a light heavyweight bout. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
We've wrapped up the morning bouts of day three in London, and Team USA has taken their first loss, with light heavyweight Marcus Browne dropping his bout against Australia's Damien Hooper. Here are the results from the early session of light heavyweights. We'll have more live coverage starting at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Light Heavyweight (178 lbs/81kg)
Ihab Almatbouli (Jordan) def. Lukmon Lawal (Nigeria), 19-7: Almatbouli is Jordan's only boxer in the games, and he looked good here. Lawal was down 11-5 after two, and his corner told him to go for the KO. He gave it a shot, then got caught with a nice shot that slowed him down a bit, and with a minute left in the round, he had to take a standing eight. Cuba's Julio Cesar La Cruz is waiting in round two.
Yamaguchi Falcao (Brazil) def. Sumit Sangwan (India), 15-14: I thought Sangwan won this fight, and got particularly hosed in the second round. Falcao was in it and was fine, but Sangwan was the better man and deserved the win. So in seven fights today to this point, I had serious questions about the scores in three of them.
Fanlong Meng (China) def. Ahmed Barki (Morocco), 17-8: Meng was dominant in this one, just totally outclassing Barki. The fight was never remotely close. Very, very impressive boxing performance from Meng.
Yahia El Mekachari (Tunisia) def. Jakhon Qurbonov (Tajikistan), 16-8: Qurbonov, who was noted as a serious talent by everyone, just didn't show up for this fight and got badly outworked by El Mekachari, who moves on to face Elshod Rasulov of Uzbekistan.
Damien Hooper (Australia) def. Marcus Browne (United States), 13-11: Browne led 6-5 into the final round, but Hooper turned it on in a big way and overwhelmed the American in the final frame, scoring an 8-5 win in the round and taking the fight, which he deserved. Hooper is a legitimate medal contender, and Browne has nothing to be ashamed of here. He got a tough draw and lost to a better fighter who picked it up in crunch time. Simple as that. Hooper faces Russia's Egor Mekhontcev in the second round.