Russian southpaw Georgi Balakshin proved a little too strong for Algerian Mebarek Soltani in their flyweight bout at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Following on from a slow first session that saw the score level at 2-2, the 24 year-old Balakshin stepped up the pace to force two standing eight counts on Soltani within a minute of the second session to stretch his lead to 13-2.
Soltani tried as best he could to get back into the contest and Balakshin even had two points deducted for ducking low in the fourth session but hung on to take a 26-15 win.
Thai world champion Somjit Jongjohor progressed into the next round of the flyweight competition with an untidy 22-12 points win over Ki Suk Kim from Korea. It was a poor performance by Jongjohor who will need to produce much better form when he faces Cuban Yuriokis Toledano in the last 16. Toledano booked his place in the next round with an impressive 46-33 victory over Igori Samoilenco from Moldova.
Mirzhan Rakhimzhanov from Kazakhstan was always too quick and accurate for Puerto Rican Joseph Serrano, winning comfortably by 42-23.
The first bout of the evening session saw Nikoloz Izoria from Georgia move on to the next round with a 24-14 points win over Walis Cherif from Tunisa.
Other flyweight results.
Andrzej Rzany POL w pts 25:19B Yusak Saweha IND
Hicham Mesbahi MOR w pts 25:20 Lechedzani Luza BOT
Fuad Aslanov AZE wo George Rakotoarimbelo MAD
Jerome Thomas FRA w pts 37-16 Akhil Kumar
Carlos Juan Payano DOM w pts 26-18 Bato Vankeev BLR
Ron Siler USA w pts 32-18 Bradley Hoare AUS
Tulashboy Doniyorov UZB w pts 36-26 Violeto Payla PHI
August 17, 2004