The flyweight semifinals are set, and all over today's winners are guaranteed at least a bronze medal in London at the 2012 Olympic games. Here's the rundown of today's four bouts. Our live coverage of today's lone session continues here, with the welterweights next, including Team USA's last hope, Errol Spence.
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Misha Aloian (Russia) def. Jeyvier Cintron (Puerto Rico), 23-13: For a 17-year-old in his third Olympic fight, Cintron did pretty well overall against the top seed, and I thought he acquitted himself nicely. He's got another Olympics in him if he wants it, or he could go pro young if he wants to. He's got some skills. Aloian was better, though, and once he got his timing down, he was able to take over.
Tugstsogt Nyambayar (Mongolia) def. Jasurbek Latipov (Uzbekistan), 15-10: Hell yeah! Nyambayar has been another consistently enjoyable fighter to watch, and he throws half a wrench into some expectations with this win. Latipov really took a risk turning southpaw in the final round, down 9-8 after two, and it cost him. Nyambayar busted him up in that stance.
Michael Conlan (Ireland) def. Nordine Oubaali (France), 22-18: A very good fight, truly high-level, and dead level in both the first (5-5) and second (7-7) rounds. Conlan took it with a strong third, as Oubaali began to feel the pace a little bit and faded down the stretch, at least compared to Conlan who just had that little bit more. Oubaali had quite a showing in London overall.
Robeisy Ramirez (Cuba) def. Andrew Selby (Great Britain), 16-11: Andrew Selby is really, really good, and this score was totally fair. So consider that before you possibly consider Selby's elimination being a disappointment for him. This is a good young fighter, and Ramirez is better than him. Right now, Ramirez has a strong case as best boxer of the Olympics. He's beaten progressively better fighters, convincingly.