Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Olympics Light Welterweight Semifinals Full Results

By Jake Donovan

Roniel Iglesias of Cuba was one of the few returning medalists from the 2008 Beijing Games to not receive a bye in this year's competition. It hardly mattered, as his Round of 16 elimination of division's top seed Everton Lopes set the stage for an eventual return to glory.

Iglesias stayed true to that blueprint, advancing to the finals after a 15-8 win over Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy.

The difference in class was evident early on, even taking into consideration Mangiacapre's success on the world stage. Iglesias made it look easy, boxing wisely early on before turning up the heat. Mangiacapre obviously entered the bout with the intention of fighting for the Gold. But once the bell rang and action began, his goal appeared to be to not get blown out. 

It didn't work, even if the final score didn't suggest a full-blown wipeout. Iglesias scored whenever he wanted and eased up whenever he felt like taking a breather. His near-effortless performance earns him a trip to the finals, where a far stiffer challenge awaits.

Denis Berinchyk of Ukraine boasts quite possibly the ugliest hairdo in the 2012 London Games. A strand that starts from the top center of his head just sort of lays flat and off to the side, serving no real purpose.

Fortunately for Berinchyk, boxing is no beauty contest. While the 'do makes him immediately identifiable, his boxing skills is what makes him stand out from the rest of the pack.

This much was learned throughout the competition, but Uranchimegiin Monke-Erdene must not have been impressed. The Mongolian was in charge for most of the first six minutes before falling apart in the final round of a 29-21 win for Berinchyk in the highest scoring bout of competition to this point.

Monke-Erdene showed no fear early on, outboxing Berinchyk for most of the first two rounds. A three-point lead heading into the final round seemed safe enough to suggest an upset was in the making.

Then Berinchyk decided to begin fighting.

A 17-point outburst by the Ukrainian light welterweight in round three - including two knockdowns - was enough to not only take the lead but storm way ahead. The eight-point margin of victory wasn't truly indicative of the fight itself, but does speak to Berinchyk's grit and determination in advancing to the finals.

The light welterweight finals takes place on Sunday evening (local time). 

Light Welterweight Semifinals (Medal round - Friday, August 10):
Roniel Iglesias (Cuba) def. Vincenzo Mangiacapre (Italy), 15-8
Denis Berinchyk (Ukraine) def. Uranchimegiin Monke-Erdene (Mongolia), 29-21
* Monke-Erdene and Mangiacapre share Bronze medal honors

Light Welterweight Finals (Medal round - Sunday, August 12):
Roniel Iglesias (Cuba) vs. Denis Berinchyk (Ukraine)

Light Welterweight Quarterfinals (Wednesday, August 8):
Roniel Iglesias (Cuba) def. Uktemjan Rahmonov (Uzbekistan), 21-15
Vincenzo Mangiacapre (Italy) def.  Daniyar Yeleussinov (Kazakhstan), 16-12
Uranchimegiin Monke-Erdene (Mongolia) def.  Tom Stalker (Great Britain), 23-22
Denis Berinchyk (Ukraine) def.  Jeff Horn (Australia), 21-13

Round of 16 Matchups (Saturday, August 4):
Roniel Iglesias (Cuba) def. Everton Lopes (Brazil), 18-15
Uktemjan Rahmonov (Uzbekistan) def. Yakop Sener (Turkey), 16-8
Daniyar Yeleussinov (Kazakhstan) vs. Mehdi Toluitibandpi (Iran), 19-10
Vincenzo Mangiacapre (Italy) def. Gyula Kate, 20-14
Tom Stalker (Great Britain) def. Manoj Kumar (India), 20-16
Uranchimegiin Monke-Erdene (Mongolia) def. Richarno Colin (Mauritius), 15-12   
Jeff Horn (Australia) def. Abderzarrak Houya (Tunisia), 17-11
Denys Berinchyk (Ukraine) def. Anthony Yigit, 24-23

Light Welterweight - Round of 32 Results (Tuesday, July 31):
Roniel Iglesias (Cuba) def. Cesar Villarraga (Colombia), 20-9
Uktemjan Rahmonov (Uzbekistan) def.  Anderson Rojas (Ecuador) , 16-10
Yakop Sener (Turkey) def.  Serge Aambomo (Cameroon) , 19-10
Daniyar Yeleussinov (Kazakhstan) def. Jamel Herrring (USA) , 19-9
Mehdi Toluitibandpi (Iran) def.  Jonathan Alonso (Spain), 16-12
Gyula Kate (Hungary) def. Eslam Mohamed (Egypt), 16-10
Manoj Kumar (India) def.  Serdar Hudayberdiyev (Turkmenistan), 13-7
Richarno Colin (Mauritius) def.  Abedelhak Aatakni (Morocco) , 16-10
Uranchimegiin Monke-Erdene (Mongolia) def.  Zdenek Chladek (Czech Republic), 20-12
Jeff Horn (Australia) def. Gilbert Choombe (Zambia), 19-5
Abderzarrak Houya (Tunisia) def. Gaybatulia Gadzhialiyev (Azerbaijan), 19-16
Anthony Yigit (Sweden) def. Francisco Vargas (Puerto Rico), 13-9

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Bivol: Hard to Tell From Two Rounds If Kovalev All the Way Back BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week Mundine: If Horn Says No - Then I Want Saunders, Canelo, GGG Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson - Calm Before The Storm Fury: Me and Joshua is Four Round Fight - Either I Go or He Goes! Parker Regrets Making Steroid Comments About Anthony Joshua Big Fights, Big Finales, Better Judging Top Wish List For 2018 Jamel Herring Signs With Top Rank, Will Fight on Crawford-Horn Luis Ortiz Vows Pain: I'll Tear The Skin Off Deontay Wilder's Body! Estrada: People Think Sor Rungvisai Will KO Me - It Won't Happen! Creed 2 Update: Actor Cast To Play Ivan Drago's Son in Film Mayorga Emotional: Time To Hang Up The Gloves, Say Goodbye Rapper Common is Producing a New Boxing Documentary Tyson Fury: If I'm Honest - I Fancy Parker To Beat Joshua Wilder: No Doubt I'll KO Ortiz, Joshua-Parker Will Be a Long Fight Katie Taylor Dublin Return Off, Being Pushed To Daniel Jacobs Bill Frank Warren: Fans Lost Interest in Amir Khan, He'll Face a Stiff Euro News: Murat-Demchenko, Havnaa-Tahiri, Formella-Frank Briggs: I'll KO Tyson Fury, Breaks All His Fingers To End His Tweets Wilder: I'll Make an Example of Luis Ortiz, He's My Guinea Pig! Frank Warren Confirms Tete is Out, 2/10 Show Moves Forward Sean Dodd vs. Tommy Coyle Set, April 21 In Liverpool Weekend Review: Shields, Amir Khan, Ergashev, Spence, More Hearn: Let's Be Honest, Who Has Hit Parker's 'Granite Chin?' Parker's Promoter: Joshua Mentally Weak, Dropped Many Times Luis Ortiz: Forget The Marijuana, Now Wilder Has a Real Problem! Parker: I Don't Care If I Win or Lose; Someone Gets Knocked Out Amir Khan Unsure if Crawford Will Carry Up His Power To 147 Mundine: Horn Does Not Have Much Talent, But He Works Hard Joshua: Parker Has No Ring Generalship - I'll Smash His Body! Fes Batista Back in Training With Roy Jones, Plans Ring Return Promoter Will Advise Parker To Avoid Steroid Claims on Joshua Zolani Tete Suffers Injury, Narvaez Clash Pushed Back To April Shields Helps Create Opportunities for Women and Men in Boxing Parker: If I'm The King of Pies, Then Joshua is The King of Steroids! Fighter Claims Severe Beating From Coach Over "Dive" Claims Chocolatito Warns Estrada: Do Not Stand in Front of Sor Rungvisai Jessie Vargas Feels He Has a Good Shot To Land Keith Thurman Amir Khan Aims To Clean Out 147: I Want All of The Belts! Miguel Berchelt Return - Mijares in Doubt, 3 Names in Running
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement