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Olympics Men's Lightweight Quarterfinals Full Results

By Jake Donovan

Four years after storming through the featherweight division en route to Olympic Gold, Vasyl Lomachenko continues to wreak similar havoc upon the world's best lightweights.

The Ukrainian wunderkind is guaranteed a second Olympic medal as he advanced to the semifinals with a 15-9 win over Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico. 

The fight could have just as easily been a Gold medal matchup, as Verdejo has drawn rave reviews throughout the 2012 London Games. However, the 18-year old landed in the wrong part of the bracket, running into Lomachenko in the quarterfinals.

Verdejo held his own for a round or so, but Lomachenko turned up the heat in the second round. The lead heading into the final round wasn't statistically insurmountable, but a look of resignation was found on the Puerto Rican lightweight, who was perhaps a bit too calm for his own good as Lomachenko racks up his seventh straight Olympic win dating back to 2008.

The loss by Verdejo leaves Puerto Rico down to just one participant in 2012 Olympic boxing competition, with flyweight Jeyvier Cintron appearing Tuesday evening. The last time Puerto Rico captured a medal was in 1996 when Daniel Santos won the bronze.

Next up for Lomachenko is Cuba's Yasniel Toledo, who cruised to the semifinals with a 19-11 win over Gani Zhailauov of Kazakhstan. 

Toledo was in control for the duration of the fight, making it look easy early on and getting down to business whenever the situation called for it. Zhailauov attempted to turn up the aggression in the final round, but let himself wide open for counters and received an eight-count for his troubles.

Evaldas Petrauskas has produced the only wins registered by Lithuania's two-man boxing squad. His efforts on Monday evening have now guaranteed a medal for his nation, after scoring a minor upset in a 16-14 win over former world amateur champion Domenic Valentino of Italy. 

The bout wasn't even as close as the final score. Petrauskas dominated the fight for the most part, but saw four points awarded to Valentino's scorecard for separate fouls/public warnings in rounds one and three.

Petrauskas is now in the semifinals, where he will face Soon-Chul Han of South Korea. Han advances on the strength of a 16-13 win over Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan.

The semifinals take place on Friday, August 10. 

Lightweight Quarterfinals (Monday, August 6)
Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) def. Felix Verdejo (Puerto Rico), 15-9
Yasniel Toledo (Cuba) def. Gani Zhailauov (Kazakhstan), 19-11
Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania)  def. Domenico Valentino (Italy), 16-14
Soon-Chul Han (South Korea) def.  Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) , 16-13

Lightweight Semifinals (Friday, August 10)
Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) vs. Yasniel Toledo (Cuba)
Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania)  vs. Soon-Chul Han (South Korea)

Round of 16 Matchups (Thursday, August 2): 
Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) def.  Wellington Arias (Dominican Republic), 15-3
Felix Verdejo (Puerto Rico) def. Ahmed Mejrl (Tunisia), 16-7
Gani Zhailauov (Kazakhstan) def. Jai Bhagwan (India) , 16-8
Yasniel Toledo (Cuba) def. Liu Qiang (China), 14-10
Domenico Valentino (Italy) def.  Josh Taylor (Great Britain), 15-10
Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania) def. Fatih Keleş (Turkey), 16-12
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) def. Jose Ramirez (USA), 15-11
Soon-Chul Han (South Korea) def.  Vasgen Safaryanta (Belarus), 13-13 (double-countback)

Lightweights - Round of 32 Results (Sunday, July 29): 
Wellington Arias (Dominican Republic) def. Eduor Marriaga (Colombia), 17-8
Ahmed Mejrl (Tunisia) def. Shafiq Chitou (Benin), 16-9
Felix Verdejo (Puerto Rico) def. Juan Huertas (Panama), 11-5
Gani Zhailauov (Kazakhstan) def. Saylom Ardee (Thailand), 12-12 (Zhailauov wins on countback)
Jai Bhagwan (India) def. Andrique Allison (Seychelles), 18-8
Liu Qiang (China) def. Luke Jackson (Australia), 20-7
Josh Taylor (Great Britain) def. Robson Conceição (Brazil), 13-9
Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania) def. Miklos Varga (Hungary), 20-12 
Fatih Keleş (Turkey) def. Abdelkader Chadi (Algeria), 15-8 
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) def. Yhyacinthe Mewoli (Cameroon), 11-6
Jose Ramirez (USA) def. Rachid Azzedine (France), 21-20
Soon-Chul Han (South Korea) dec. Mohamed Eliwa (Egypt), 11-6

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor for Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter:  @JakeNDaBox
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 08-06-2012

Ah sh1t Lomachenko vs the Cuban. Let's see what these 2 guys are all about. The winner of these two may very well take the gold.

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 08-06-2012

Ah I stand very corrected. Forgot all about the bleached-do flyweight.

Comment by jtcs1981 on 08-06-2012

[QUOTE=JakeNDaBox;12405603]By Jake Donovan - Four years after storming through the featherweight division en route to Olympic Gold, Vasyl Lomachenko continues to wreak similar havoc upon the world's best lightweights. The Ukrainian wunderkind is guaranteed a second Olympic medal as he…

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