Willie Blain, the 2003 world champion scored a comfortable 36-14 win over Tunisia's Mohamed Ali on the second day of the boxing competition. Blain looked relaxed as he went through his full repertoire of shots to coast through to the second round of the light-welterweight (64kg) class.
Blain had it easy against Ali but he faces a much tougher test in the next round when he mixes it with Russian favourite Alexander Malatin.
Blain outscored Malatin in the 2003 world championships but the Russian has since found his form and is favourite to strike Gold .
Malatin qualified for the Blain rematch with a third round stoppage win over Egypt's Salah Khoulef. Malatin was ahead by 32 points 12 when the bout was stopped.
In other bouts Ionut Gheorghe from Romania hit too hard for Pakistan's Faisel Karim. Karim took a standing count in the third session before going down by 26 points to 11. Turkey's Mustafa Karagolli knew a little too much for 18 year-old Indian Vijender, winning 25-20 in their bout.
Australian Nourian Anoushirvan booked his place in the next round at light-welterweight with a very clear 51-22 over Kitson Julie from the Seychelles. Kitson took a standing eight count in the third session.
Anoushirvan will meet Italian Michele di Rocco in the last 16. Rocco out-pointed Venezuelan Patriz Adelis Lopez Rojas 37-30
August 15, 2004.