Ryoto Murata of Japan (seen here in the round of 16) turned around his contest in the third round, beating Adem Kilicci of Turkey to advance to the middleweight semifinals. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
The middleweight semifinalists are set, and all of this afternoon's winners in London are guaranteed at least bronze in the 2012 Olympics. Here are the results from this afternoon.
Anthony Ogogo (Great Britain) def. Stefan Hartel (Germany), 15-10: Hartel could have won this one, and the scoring was way too wide for Ogogo, and how he got the third 5-4 is a mystery best left to the world's top minds to attempt figuring out, so I'll just say that I do quite like Ogogo. But this is two debatable wins for him -- arguably two gifts. This one is a more friendly debate than the Khytrov fight at any rate. Ogogo is all effort and spirit. I like the guy a lot. But he's been fortunate.
Esquiva Falcao (Brazil) def. Zoltan Harcsa (Hungary), 14-10: Not even as close as it might seem. Falcao dominated two and coasted in third. He'll be a handful and then some for Ogogo. Harcsa is decent, but has no special qualities. Falcao has some special qualities offensively, including probably the fastest hands in this division.
Abbos Atoev (Uzbekistan) def. Vijender Singh (India), 17-13: Ahahaha. Whatever. Lost for many fans in the Gausha-Singh controversy in the round of 16 was the fact that the fight before that one, with Atoev "beating" Romania's Bogdan Juratoni, was straight-up highway robbery. This was, too. Atoev is going to get at least a bronze medal, and has no business with one. Back to the farce.
Ryoto Murata (Japan) def. Adem Kilicci (Turkey), 17-13: HUGE third round for Murata, a 10-5 round. Even if Kilicci had been up by more than one after two -- as I thought he deserved to be -- Murata won this fight fair and square.