Britain's sole representative Amir Khan recovered from a slow start to outclass local boxer Marios Kaperonis at the Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall in Athens to win on the outclassed rule in the third session.
Kaperonis tried to make his physical advantages tell in the opener and did manage to keep the score level at 6-6. But Khan's class told in the second session as he stepped up the pace to catch Kaperonis with a series of long rights which forced a standing eight count. Khan went back to his corner with an 18-11 lead.
The third session saw Khan again start fast but was far more relaxed as he picked off the Greek boxer at will. The end came after 1.09 of the third when the Briton rocked Kaperonis with a right hand which took his score to 32-12, meaning the bout was automatically stopped because of the outclassed rule.
The 18 year-old Khan now faces the very awkward Bulgarian Dimitar Stilianov, who outscored Turkey's Selcuk Aydin by 20-11. In other lightweight bouts Korean Jong Baik proved just a little too strong for Hungarian Gyula Kate. Both were trading on equal terms in the opening session but Baik forged ahead in the next two rounds to eventually score a 30-23 win.
American lightweight Vicente Escobedo progressed into the next round with an impressive display of boxing against Colombian Jose David Mosquera. The American was always in control and eventually outclassed Mosquera in the third session when the scores reached 30-10.
Other lightweight results
Royshan Huseynov AZE w pts 22-14 Wonderboy Mahlangu RSA
Erdine Munkh U. MGLw pts 29-23 Michael Medor MRI.
Kindelan marches on
Mario Kindela from Cuba, one of the world's most successful amateurs of the last five years, eased his way to the second round of the lightweight competition with a comfortable third session stoppage against Nigerian Ahmed Sadiq. Sadig could only manage a single point before the bout was stopped due to the outclassed rule
In other action from the evening session Ali Shah from Pakistan survived a standing eight count in the second session to secure a memorable 21-17 win over Ukrainian Volodymyr Kravets.
Other lightweight results from the evening session
Sam Rukundo UGA w pts 30-22 Tahar Tamsami MAR
Alex de Jesus PUR w pts 39-24 Myke Carvalho BRA
Anthony Little AUS w pts 27-8 Taoufik Chobba TUN
Murat Khrachev RUS w pts 40-29 Tongzhou Chen CHN
August 16, 2004.