Cuba's current AIBA World Champion Lazaro Alvarez once again demonstrated he is destined for great things as the 20-year-old's punching combinations completely overwhelmed Dominican Republic's teenage Panamerican Youth Championships silver medallist Luis Salazar. This quarter-final bout showcased all of Alvarez's class as he won the contest by a resounding 18:5; his next opponent will now be Venezuela's South American Games winner Angel Rodriguez.
Puerto Rico's new 17-year-old sensation, National Elite Champion Jantony Ortiz eliminated Panama's Central American and Caribbean Games bronze medallist Gilberto Pedroza. Ortiz was just too strong as he cruised to a 17:6 win in this contest.
Cuba's 19-year-old AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist Yosvany Veitia, having already secured his place at the London Olympic Games, advanced to the next round of the Light flyweight division. The Cuban boxer triumphed over Costa Rica's Central American Games winner David Jimenez 14:2 and will meet now with Jantony Ortiz in the semi-finals.
Mexico's big gold medal contender in this tournament is AIBA World Championships bronze medallist and former AIBA Youth World Champion Oscar Valdez. The local hero was sensational in Guadalajara as he eliminated Ecuador's Beijing Olympian Luis Porozo in style 22:8. He will now meet Brazil's Beijing Olympian Robinelson De Jesus Vieira for a place in the final.
Bahamas' Central American and Caribbean Games winner Valentino Knowles had an intense battle against 19-year-old AIBA Youth World Championships silver medallist Fabian Andres Maidana, who was awarded the best Argentinean boxer trophy in 2010. Knowles had a two point deficit after the first round but managed to turn the tide and fight back to draw level before being awarded the win by the judges with the scores tied.
23-year-old reigning AIBA World Champion Everton Lopes, who was silver medallist at the last edition of the Panamerican Games, advanced to the semi-finals in Guadalajara after defeating Antonio Ortiz of Puerto Rico. His opponent's corner threw in the towel in the last round with Lopes leading 17:5.
Canada's top Middleweight, 20-year-old Brody Blair, missed the AIBA World Championships in order to prepare for the Panamerican Games. The decision was vindicated as the young Canadian eliminated El Salvador's AIBA's 'Road to Baku Program' member Jose Alfredo Bernal 24:12 to secure at least a bronze medal.
Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist Emilio Correa continued his winning ways in Guadalajara, as the experienced Cuban fighter triumphed 12:4 over Brazil's 19-year-old Youth Olympic Games winner and current AIBA Youth World Champion David Lourenco Da Costa.
Barbados' top rated boxer, Central American and Caribbean Games bronze medallist Anderson Emmanuel and Mexico's 19-year-old Mario Heredia put on a real show boxing show for the spectators in the Heavyweight category. The local boxer led 10:4 after the first round but then the Caribbean fighter put in an absolute clinic to win the final two and take victory in a fine contest 24:17.
On her debut at the Games, Canada's three-time AIBA World Champion Mary Spencer won each of the four rounds against the tough American boxer, former Panamerican Champion Franchon Crews. 27-year-old Spencer's superiority was clear for all to see as she triumphed 17:7 in the female Middleweight division. This result means that the USA have not secured any medals in the women's draw.
Mexico's multiple-National Champion and Panamerican Championships bronze medallist Alma Nora Ibarra gave the host nation their second medal amongst the women boxers in Guadalajara. Nora defeated Nicaragua's sole female representative in the event Ledy Mayorga, who had secured her place at the Games in the third and final qualification event.
Dominican Republic's AIBA 'Road to Bridgetown Program' member and former Panamerican Women Champion Yenebier Guillen was completely dominant as she battered Tiffany Reddick of the Virgin Islands. The Argentinean referee stepped in to end the Olympic Middleweight category contest to save Reddick from further punishment.
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