Zou Shiming (seen here in 2008) took a step toward defending his gold medal from Beijing with a win over Cuba's Yosbany Veitia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The top half of the light flyweight quarterfinal bracket is set, as eight fighters took the ring this morning in the round of 16. Here are the results.
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Light Flyweight (108 lbs/49kg) (8/4)
Zou Shiming (China) def. Yosbany Veitia (Cuba), 14-11: Veitia had an argument here, I thought, but not a robbery or anything. Zou is going to have trouble defending gold though. He's noticeably older. The referee in this fight was awful, letting Zou get away with a lot of holding, and calling a standing eight on Veitia which was questionable enough by itself, but even worse when you note that Veitia had Zou worse stung earlier in the fight and didn't get one of his own.
Birzhan Zhakypov (Kazakhstan) def. Mark Barriga (Philippines), 17-16: Plus-two on a warning in the third (later double-warning canceled each other out) won it for Zhakypov, who frankly deserved the win anyway. He was just a bit better here. Barriga still showed a lot of promise, but Zhakypo's height gave him trouble, as did the Kazakh not opening himself up for a lot of clean counters, which is where Barriga shined in the round of 32. Fight got messy at points.
Paddy Barnes (Ireland) def. Thomas Essomba (Cameroon), 15-10: Good fight, Essomba was competitive and stayed close with Barnes, but he lost this one fair. Barnes had a nice showing, better than a lot of guys who were seeded and didn't get a round of 32 warm-up fight. Barnes' footwork was a big difference in the fight.
Devendro Singh Laishram (India) def. Pürevdorj Serdamba (Mongolia), 16-11: Big, big upset here, and well-earned. The Indian had his favored opponent off his game early, bum rushing him constantly. It wound up an effective, if not polished n' pretty, tactic, and he won this fight for real. He even didn't get credit for at least one and maybe two knockdowns in round two.