By Jake Donovan
UPDATE (8:15PM ET): THE AIBA ANNOUNCED THAT THE OFFICIAL VERDICT IN THE FIGHT BETWEEN KRISHAN VIKAS AND ERROL SPENCE HAS BEEN REVERSED, AFTER A SUCCESSFUL APPEAL WAS FILED BY TEAM USA.
And then there were none.
It wasn't for a lack of trying on the part of Errol Spence, the last remaining member of Team USA's Olympic male boxing squad. The judges had their say, however, as Spence was dealt a 13-11 at the hands of India's
The final verdict comes under highly questionable circumstances, but barring the outcome being overturned the current result means that USA must now turn to its three female boxers in hopes of securing a medal in the 2012 London Games.
Spence tried his damnest to keep his nation alive in competition. The Dallas native was aggressive throughout the contest, but Krishan was able to win the opening round based on cleaner (read: more visible) punching.
An adjustment was made in round two, as Spence turned the Indian boxer into a man on the run. Krishan's earlier stick and move style transitioned to far more moving than sticking as he wasn't a fan of the incoming. Spence's aggression had its effect on his opponent, who at one point deliberately spit out his mouthpiece in order to buy time.
The sequence earned Krishan a tongue lashing, but no public warning which meant no extra points for Spence. Still, the successful run in the round brought the American within one point heading into the final round.
The final three minutes saw Spence fighting like a man desperate to keep his nation alive and Krishan fighting like a man who knew the judges would bail him out as long as he made it to the finish line. Constant clinching from Krishan deprived the fight of sustainable action, but Spence kept it professional and boxed the entire time he was on the clock.
In the end, Krishan proved to be the wisest of them all. Even the referee was startled by the scoring announcement, initially raising Spence's arm in victory before realizing the opposite to officially be true.
The final verdict reduced Spence to tears, understandably in disbelief over what had just occurred. His exit from the game marks the first time in history that Team USA male boxing failed to secure a single medal in an Olympic competition.
The three-female USA squad is now the nation's last hope, though most objective observers will recognize that it never should have come to this.
Controversial scoring aside, Krishan is now in the quarterfinals. His opponent will be Andrey Zamkovoy of Russia, who dominated Adam Nolan of Ireland by a score of 18-9.
Zamkovoy controlled the action throughout, with a standing eight count in the final round serving as the proverbial cherry on top.
A huge second round by Gabriel Maestre of Venezuela turned out to be the difference in his 18-13 win over Siphiwe Lusizi of South Africa. The fight was bookended by close rounds, but Maestre piled up points - both with his fists and his opponent's actions - to advance to the quarterfinals. An 11-point second round included two free points after Lusizi received a public warning.
Maestre will now face Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan, who scored at will in a 25-11 rout of Japan's Yasuhiro Suzuki.
Sapiyev scored big in every round, landing with a wide variety of punches. Suzuki was game, perhaps a bit too much for his own good as his defense was virtually nonexistent for most of the evening.
The welterweights return with quarterfinal action on Tuesday, August 7.
Round of 16 Matchups (Friday, August 3):
Taras Shelestyuk (Ukraine) def. Vasiliji Belous (Moldova), 15-7
Alexis Vastine (France) def. Tuvshinbat Byamba (Mongolia), 16-12
Custio Clayton (Canada) def. Cameron Hammond (Australia), 14-12
Freddie Evans (Great Britain) def. Egidijus Kavaliauskas (Lithuania), 11-7
Vikas Krishan (India) def. Errol Spence, 13-11
Andrey Zamkovoy (Russia) def. Adam Nolan (Ireland), 18-9
Serik Sapiyev (Kazakhstan) def.
Yasuhiro Suzuki (Japan)
Gabriel Maestre (Venezuela) def.
Siphiwe Lusizi (South Africa), 18-13
Welterweight Quarterfinals (Tuesday, August 7):
Taras Shelestyuk (Ukraine) vs. Alexis Vastine (France)
Custio Clayton (Canada) vs. Freddie Evans (Great Britain)
Vikas Krishan (India) vs.
Andrey Zamkovoy (Russia)
Serik Sapiyev (Kazakhstan) vs. Gabriel Maestre (Venezuela)
Welterweights - Round of 32 Results (Sunday, July 29):
Vasiliji Belous (Moldova) def. Selemeni Kidunda (Tansinia), 20-7
Tuvshinbat Byamba (Mongolia) def. Yannick Mitoumba (Gabon), 17-4
Alexis Vastine (France) def. Patrick Wojcicki (Germany), 16-12
Custio Clayton (Canada) def. Oscar Molina (Mexico), 12-8
Cameron Hammond (Australia) def. Moustopha Abdoulaye Hima (Niger), 13-6
Freddie Evans (Great Britain) def. Ilyas Abbadi (Algeria), 18-10
Errol Spence (USA) def. Myke Carvalho (Brazil), 16-8
Adam Nolan (Ireland) def. Carlos Sanchez (Ecuador), 14-8
Andrey Zamkovoy (Russia) def. Qiong Maimaitituersun (China), 16-11
Siphiwe Lusizi (South Africa) def. Abdulkareem Ahmed (Iraq), 17-13
Gabriel Maestre (Venezuela) def. Amin Ghasemi (Iran), 13-8
Yasuhiro Suzuki (Japan) def. Mehdi Khalsi (Morocco), 14-13
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