DAY SEVEN – AUGUST 3

IF Fred Evans engaged in some wild gun-slinging in his first contest at London 2012, he was back to cool sharp-shooting in his second bout at the Excel. He stood off Egidijus Kavaliauskas, driving in his southpaw left. The Lithuanian 69 kgs connected with a meaty right, bringing back bad memories of 2011, when he had halted Fred at the World Championships. But Evans rode the punch and took it up a gear, whipping shots in as he increased his output and taking the decision 11-7.

“I was expecting him to come straight at me, so when he stepped off I was a little bit cagey, just trying to see what his plan was,” said Fred. “I knew I had the beating of him. I had to keep focused and then I thought, ‘I’ve got to switch on now and do what I know to do’.”

Fred’s fellow Welshman Andrew Selby had a harder time than expected with Ilyas Suleimenov. GB’s flyweight was hitting, switching and moving but had trouble keeping the rough Kazakh at bay. Suleimenov poured through wildly, keeping on top of Selby though Andrew was always connecting with more. A public warning could not derail the Welshman, who won 19-15.

“Not the best I’ve boxed but I’m always like that in my first bout. I get better as it progresses. But I’m still happy with the win of course,” said Andrew. “In the third that’s when he was really jumping in on me and holding me down. I couldn’t concentrate too much. He was just always in my face.”

Andrew will need to raise his game. Next he has Cuban Robeisy Ramirez, who looked ominously gifted when disposing of Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee 22-10.

Ireland’s Michael Conlan shook Duke Micah, from Ghana, as he manoeuvred round his prey. Conlan advanced 19-8. His countryman Adam Nolan struggled with Russia’s fine welter Andrey Zamkovoy, who turned on the power in the last for an 18-9 victory.

A heavy blow to the American team saw Rau’shee Warren eliminated. He took a clear lead after the first round against Nordine Oubaali and yet, surprisingly for a boxer of his calibre, let it slip. The French southpaw stuck to the task, his right hook catching Warren as the American tried to escape. He repeated his success with that stroke and stayed hungry for the win in the remaining time, finding victory 19-18.

USA welterweight Errol Spence gave India’s Krishnan Vikas a terrible beating and although verdict went against the shocked Spence it was promptly overturned. AIBA’s Competition Jury deemed that Vikas was guilty of holding on nine occasions in the third round alone, as well as spitting out his mouthguard and should have received at least two public warnings; therefore Spence won 15-13.

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