Keyshawn Davis continues to justify all of the hype.
The lightweight sharpshooter stormed into the quarterfinal round following a second-round stoppage of France's Sofiane Oumiha, a returning medalist and the division's top seed.
A right hand by Davis left Oumiha frozen, forcing a standing eight count with the bout waved off immediately thereafter at 2:07 of round two.
Davis entered the Tokyo Olympics with lofty expectations in tow. Many view the gifted lightweight as having the best chance of any U.S fighter of bringing home a Gold medal. On the surface, there stood a tough road ahead as he was tasked with facing the number-one seed in just the Round of 16.
The good news was that Davis had been there before. He owns a past win over Oumiha, entering the 2019 World Amateur Championships as the number seven seed, while Oumiha—a 2016 Olympic Silver medalist—went in as the number two seed.
Davis eliminated Oumiha from competition then, and repeated the feat Saturday afternoon in Tokyo.
The opening round was fought on nearly even terms. Davis' hand speed and right hands were effective in taking the round on three of the five judges' scorecards. Oumiha—who received an opening round bye—was effective in smothering Davis on the inside, minimizing the potential incoming and giving himself the best chance of winning by making the fight as ugly as possible.
Davis is too talented to not be able to adapt and did just that in round two. Efforts by Oumiha to tie up at close quarters were met with Davis repositioning to keep the Frenchman within punching range.
The biggest punch would soon come and would be enough to end the fight.
Davis landed a perfectly timed right hand that left Oumiha out on his feet. The sequence was treated like a walkoff home run, immediately celebrating the sequence as if he knew the fight was over.
A count was issued to a staggered Oumiha, with the fight waved off midway through the evaluation. Oumiha vehemently protested the sequence, though for naught as his dream of winning a second Olympic medal was officially dashed.
Oumiha will likely revisit earlier plans to turn pro. He was due to make his pro debut earlier this year, only for the planned event to get canceled, leaving him to retain his amateur status.
Davis actually turned pro earlier this year (3-0, 2KOs), of the belief that he was done with the U.S. boxing team after being removed from the Olympic team. A revised ruling allowing for Boxing Task Force rankings to dictate allotted slots provided a pathway for Davis to rejoin the team.
The Virginian native is now one win away from being guaranteed a medal and three from serving as the first U.S. male boxer to win Gold since Andre Ward in 2004.
Davis advance to the Round of 16 following a three-round unanimous decision win over Netherland's Enrico La Cruz one week ago. Next up for the 22-year-old "Businessman" in the quarterfinal round is Gabil Mamedov (ROC), who scored a three-round unanimous decision over three-time Olympian Richarno Colin (Mauritius).
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox