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Tom Stalker and La Cruz Stunned With Upset Defeats

LONDON - Mongolian light-welterweight Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg produced a ferocious display to down British captain Thomas Stalker in the best fight of the London Games, a big casualty on a tricky Wednesday for the top seeds.

Uranchimeg claimed a 23-22 victory against the 28-year-old Stalker over an action packed nine minutes between the top two fighters in the world rankings.

The 30-year-old Mongolian, competing in his third Olympics, was energetic and clinical over the three rounds and perhaps should have won by a bigger margin, as he picked off Stalker with a number of clean rights in the third as the Briton tired.

The quarter-final victory brought a chorus of boos in the ExCel arena from the home crowd, who were quiet throughout the contest and were out cheered by a pocket of Mongolian fans.

"My soul is full of emotion. I have been in the Olympics three times now - Athens, Beijing and now London. It has been my long-standing dream to get a medal, which I have now achieved," Uranchimeg told reporters after guaranteeing a bronze.

The narrow defeat was too much to take for Stalker, who threw his towel over his head and stormed out of the arena.

The British boxing captain appealed the decision to world governing body AIBA, who said they would review the bout.

"Yeah (he's inconsolable), he's not even speaking at the moment," Stalker's corner Dave Alloway told reporters.

"To be one bout away and lose by one point, to lose it by such a close decision is the bit he's finding hard to believe. It's one punch, one shot, one scoring blow," he added.

"He's devastated because he obviously wanted to get himself a medal at his home-based Olympics but it wasn't to be."

Ukrainian light-welterweight Denys Berinchyk, sporting one of the oddest haircuts in the boxing tournament, was dancing a jig in the ring after the second seed beat Australian Jeffrey Horn to set up a clash with Uranchimeg.

"It's going to be harder to fight with the Mongolian (than Stalker), but we will see," Berinchyk said before discussing the eye-catching mostly shaved style with a lengthy piece of hair left on top.

"The hairstyle is a traditional Ukrainian hairstyle called chub, and it was traditionally worn by Kazaki people from the south of Ukraine, who are known as good fighters."

There was a rare Cuban failure on Wednesday as light-heavyweight Julio La Cruz Peraza followed Stalker out of the Games when the top seed in the division was beaten 18-15 by Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino.

Peraza was the more aggressive throughout the fight but Falcao boxed cleverly on the counter and picked off the Cuban as he came in to deservedly take the bout.

It was a second medal of the Games for the Falcao family after Yamaguchi's brother Esquiva was also guaranteed a bronze by reaching the semi-finals of the middleweights.

"I can't wait to see him and I will give him a hug and a kiss, and tell him that the Falcao brothers are victorious," the beaming light-heavyweight told reporters after hugging and kissing members of the Brazilian media, as members of his team celebrated noisily nearby.

In the light-flyweights, top seed and defending champion Zou Shiming of China came through a tough bout with Kazak Birzhan Zhakypov to reach the last four and secure a bronze.

Zou's awkward style, throwing considered punches from different angles was enough to sway the judges into giving him a 13-10 win despite his attempts to hold on at the end as he took a number of blows in the final 30 seconds.

The victory set up a semi-final clash with Ireland's Paddy Barnes, who Zou thrashed in the last four en route to his gold in Beijing.

Barnes was unhappy with the scoring four years ago and his display in ousting lively Indian Devendro Laishram 23-18 suggested he should prove more of a match for Zou this time.

"Bronze medals are for losers. I'm fighting a guy in the next fight who beat me 15-0 in Beijing, my plan for the next fight is just to go out and score a point," Barnes told reporters.

"I don't care if he beats me 15-1, just so long as a I get that point, that's my Olympic gold. I'll go home a happy man."

The night ended on a sour note after Algeria's Abdelhafid Benchabla, the second seed in the light heavyweights, lost to Ukraine's Oleksandr Gvozdyk and a man in an Algerian shirt threw what appeared to be a table lamp from the media tribunes towards the ring long after the fighters had left the arena.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 08-09-2012

Never really had high hopes for Stalker anyway but as people have pointed out he had already progressed via a controversial decision. It was a close fight with the Mongolian that could've gone either way and just so happens that…

Comment by Chrismart on 08-09-2012

I thought Stalker won the 3rd, lost the 1st but just about won the 2nd in a close fight. Having said that i do think he was fortunate to be given the win in his previous fight.

Comment by Mikhnienko on 08-09-2012

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;12412490]Very shocked at de la Cruz losing. I thought he had a gold secured[/QUOTE] He beat Hooper by 1 point and arguably lost to Mekhontsev last year when winning his Gold. He's a very good boxer (although im not…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 08-09-2012

Very shocked at de la Cruz losing. I thought he had a gold secured

Comment by Mikhnienko on 08-09-2012

[QUOTE=timbatron;12412486]Stalker won his first fight fair and square. He lost his second fight fair and square. He can't complain.[/QUOTE] Kumar beat the fuk out of Stalker in round 2 and they scored it 9-5 for Stalker. Stalker lost his first…

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