Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (seen here last October) eliminated top-ranked Everton Lopes of Brazil today in London. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The top half of the light welterweight 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 Welterweight (141 lbs/64kg)
Roniel Iglesias (Cuba) def. Everton Lopes (Brazil), 18-15: Highly hyped fight, and lived up to the billing. Iglesias won fair, and Lopes was there with him. Big second round saw a 9-6 score for Iglesias. This was about as good as it gets, really. True high quality amateur boxing. Lopes won the Worlds last year, and was the top seed here, but he's one-and-done given a draw that may well have seen what could have been a gold medal fight take place in the round of 16.
Uktamjon Rahmonov (Uzbekistan) def. Yakup Sener (Turkey), 16-8: Whatever the reason, an injury or illness or just bad timing, Sener's body pretty much quit on him in the second round. He gutted through the fight but wasn't competitive in the latter two rounds, after drawing even, 5-5, in the first. Rahmonov moves on to face Iglesias.
Daniyar Yeleussinov (Ukraine) def. Mehdi Toloutibandpi (Iran), 19-10: There's nothing flashy about Yeleussinov, but he's really good. He made Toloutibandpi look every bit as outclassed as he did Team USA's Jamel Herring in the round of 32. He's got a solid chance to medal here, I think.
Vincenzo Mangiacapre (Italy) def. Gyula Kate (Hungary), 20-14: A very deserved win for Mangiacapre, but a great example of Olympic autopilot scoring. Despite pretty obviously losing the final round, Mangiacapre (who led 12-8 at the time) gets the round 8-6 anyway. They don't give credit to third round swings more than about 5% of the time. Yeleussinov-Mangiacapre should be very interesting.