The Day Six evening session of Rio 2016 Boxing began with the Bantamweights (56kg) Alberto Melian of Argentina and Ghana’s Abdul Omar chasing a place in the second round. It was a strong start from Melian as he immediately looked to go on the offensive, and despite Omar edging the final three minutes, the Argentine had already done enough to win the judges’ decision, setting up a tie against Tunisia’s Bilel Mhamdi, unanimous winner against Lesotho’s Inkululeko Suntele.
Kazakhstan’s Kairat Yeraliyev then delivered an assured performance against Azeri Javid Chalabiyev to complete the first round of the bantamweight competition. Yeraliyev repeatedly invited his opponent to attack before skilfully picking him off and, despite Chalabiyev finding more success in the third, the Kazakh registered the first of what would be three wins for his country in the session.
The second-round line-up for the Light Welterweight (64kg) competition was then completed as first Azeri Lorenzo Sotomayor comprehensively beat Ukraine’s Volodymyr Matviichuk before Hassan Amzile of France defeated Namibia’s Jonas Junias. Pat McCormack will meet Cuban second-seed Yasnier Toledo on Sunday evening for a place in the last eight after the Brit finished all three rounds strongly to earn a superb win over Kazakhstan’s former Youth and Junior World Champion Ablaikhan Zhusspov.
The final four names were then added to the Quarter-Finals of the Men’s Welterweight (69kg) line up and, with honours even after two rounds, France’s Souleymane Cissokho had enough left in the tank to deliver a strong last three minutes and edge out Azerbaijan third seed Parviz Baghrov.
Saylom Ardee sent the Thai boxing fans wild with a superb win over Bulgarian Simeon Chamov, before Venezuela’s Gabriel Maestre won by walkover against Italian Vincenzo Mangiacapre. He will now meet Kazakhstan’s former World Champion Daniyar Yeleussinov, after he counter-attacked brilliantly time and again to come through a tough encounter with Britain’s Josh Kelly.
Thursday’s action came to a close with the Light Heavyweights (81kg) and an engaging battle between Azerbaijan’s Teymur Mammadov and Netherlands’ Peter Mullenberg. The Azeri’s brighter start saw him through to the last eight after a tense finale, where he will face London 2012 silver medallist seed Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan, comfortable winner over the Belarusian Mikhail Dauhaliavets.