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Olympics 2012 Boxing Results: Controversy Again in Light Heavyweight Semifinals

Egor Mekhontcev of Russia advanced to the light heavyweight final in London. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Egor Mekhontcev of Russia advanced to the light heavyweight final in London. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The light heavyweight gold medal fight has been set, with the semifinals for the division over in London. Here's the quick recap.

Egor Mekhontcev (Russia) def. Yamaguchi Falcao (Brazil), 23-11: Mekhontcev turned it up a notch here, and denied Yamaguchi a chance to join his brother, middleweight Esquiva, in the gold medal round. By the end of this one, it had gotten quite one-sided, with the Russian outclassing the stylish, strong Brazilian. I still think both Falcao brothers could be quality professionals.

Adilbek Niyazymbetov (Kazakhstan) vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk (Ukraine), 13-13 on countback: Well this one's up there with as bad a decision as we've seen. Gvozdyk outclassed Niyazymbetov in the latter two rounds after a 4-4 opening round (which could easily have gone to Gvozdyk, too). It's the first atrocious decision we've seen in the semifinals. Let's see if it's the last!


Semifinal Results (Aug. 10 Afternoon)
Flyweight | Lightweight | Welterweight
Semifinal Results (Aug. 10 Morning)
Light Flyweight | Bantamweight | Light Welterweight
Middleweight | Heavyweight