Bronze medals are guaranteed for today's winners in the light welterweight quarterfinals. Here are the full results from this afternoon in London. Our live coverage continues here with the light heavyweights next.
Yamaguchi Falcao (Brazil) def. Julio la Cruz (Cuba), 18-15: The Brazil-Cuba rivalry is heating up a bit, and the score here mirrored Roniel Iglesias (Cuba) beating top-ranked Everton Lopes (Brazil) in the light welter round of 16. Here, it was the top-rated Cuban going down in an upset. This division is wide open with la Cruz eliminated, as he was a pretty strong favorite to win gold. Falcao earned the win and got the scores. la Cruz departed with a smile, a hug, and a bow to the crowd, giving Falcao his moment.
Egor Mekhontcev (Russia) def. Elshod Rasulov (Uzbekistan), 19-15: Big third round (9-5) won it for the Russian. Rasulov gassed in the third and just got outhustled in this one. Mekhontceve simply had a bigger gas tank.
Adilbek Niyazymbetov (Kazakhstan) def. Ehsan Rouzbahani (Iran), 13-10: End of the line for Rouzbahani, a slugger who has done quite well in the tournament. Niyazymbetov was just that bit better, though Rouzbahani knocked him down in the second.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk (Ukraine) def. Abdelhafid Benchabla (Algeria), 19-17: Benchabla received a bogus warning for holding when time was set to expire in the fight. It was a great fight. A public warning tacks two onto the other guy's score. Gvozdyk won by two. I'm out of ways to express how little respect I have for this tournament.