Double Olympic champion Oleg Saitov narrowly squeezed past Mohamed Hikal to reach the last 8 in the welterweight competition in Athens 2004. It was not one of 30 year-old's better performances and he only managed to edge in front in the dying moments of the fourth and final session.
Saitov will now meet Uzbekistan's Sherzod Husanov in the last eight. Husanov out-pointed Turkey's Bulent Ulusoy by 23-9 in an uneventful bout.
In what was predominantly a battle of the minds, Ukrainian Viktor Polyakov eventually came out on top by 32-25 against Frenchman Xavier Noel. The taller Noel tried as best he could to put his greater reach and height to good use against the bigger punching Ukrainian but it was Ployakov that won the day.
Other welterweight results
Juan Novoa COL w pts 33-24 Vilmos Balog HUN
Kim Jung-Joo KOR w pts 23-20 Vitaly Grusac MDA
Lorenzo Aragon CUB w rsf 3 Vanes Martirosyan USA
Ruslan Khairov AZE w pts 26-16 Ha Na Ti CHN
Bakhtiyar Artayev KAZ w pts 33-23 Aliaskar Bashirov
Light Heavyweight 81kgs
Evgeny Makarenko RUS w pts 30-18 Yoan Hernandez CUB
Andre Ward USA w pts 17-9 Clemente Russo ITA
Yildirim Tarhan TUR w pts 37-19 Beibut Shumenov KAZ
AhmedIsmail El-Shamy EGY w pts 38-22 Trevor Stewardson CAN
Helias Pavlidis GRE w pts 31-16 Ali Ismailov AZE
Lei Yuping CHN w pts 17-9 Andriy Fedchuk
Magomed Aripgadziev w pts 18-10 Edgar Munoz VEN
Utkirbek Haydarov UZB w pts 31-19 Abdelhani Kinzi ALG