Team USA's Jose Ramirez was eliminated in London, stretching the American losing streak in boxing to six straight bouts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The lightweights have finished their afternoon session, and we saw the first British fighter eliminated, and the sixth straight defeat for Team USA. Here's the full rundown.
Domenico Valentino (Italy) def. Josh Taylor (Great Britain), 15-10: Well, of course they sacrificed Taylor. He's Scottish. But I jest. This wasn't the prettiest fight, and Valentino basically did enough. He didn't look like the top of the line fighter his reputation says he is, but I'm really not convinced sitting out a round is good for anyone. Taylor is the first member of Team GB to be eliminated.
Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania) def. Fatih Keles (Turkey), 16-12: Petrauskas was every bit as fun here as he was in the round of 32, knocking off AIBA's No. 3-ranked lightweight in the world. Watching them in the first round and knowing AIBA's ranking criteria, this didn't seem any big upset to me. Petrauskas is a bull-rushing tank of a fighter, hands over his face, walking in, and then action action action! He could be danger for Valentino, if the Italian doesn't look better going forward. Still, Valentino will have to be considered a heavy favorite.
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) def. Jose Ramirez (United States), 15-11: For two rounds, our boy Ramirez just couldn't get a beat on Gaibnazarov, and trailed 12-5. To his credit, Ramirez came out swinging for the miracle comeback in round three, and won it 6-3. But it just wasn't enough. He was outboxed and out-thought for the first two rounds. At 19, Ramirez is a real pro prospect. I expect he'll go that way soon.
Soonchul Han (South Korea) def. Vazgen Safaryants (Belarus), 13-13, tie on countback, judges decision: Just saying, unlike Ogogo-Khyrtov, no countback score announced this time. This one was tough to score, as Han won the first, Safaryants won the second, both of those were clear, and the third was tough to call. Not at all surprised by the first and second draws in this one. This is an upset, as Safaryants was the No. 2 seed.
Quarterfinal Matchups - Lighweight (132 lbs/60kg)
Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) vs Felix Verdejo (Puerto Rico)
Gani Zhailaouv (Kazakhstan) vs Yasnier Toledo (Cuba)
Domenico Valentino (Italy) vs Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania)
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) vs Soonchul Han (South Korea)