Tops with Sunday’s bouts
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Americans Michael Carbajal and Romallis Ellis powered their way into the boxing quarterfinals with victories Sunday at the Olympics.
The 21-year-old Carbjal, of Phoenix, stopped Hien Dang Hieu of Vietnam in 1:54 of the first round in their 106-pound bout while Ellis stopped Kassim Traore of Mali at 1:44 of the second round in a 132-pound match.
Carbajal, 21, will meet Canadian Scott Olson, a 5-0 winner over Wayne McCullough of Ireland, Tuesday. Carbajal lost a 2-1 decision to Olson in Canada in 1986 and beat him 2-1 in a dual meet Aug. 13 at Charlotte, N.C.
Ellis, 22, of Ellenwood, Ga., will meet Emil Tchuprenski of Bulgaria, also on Tuesday. Tchprenski beat Mark Kennedy of Jamaica 5-0 Sunday.
The two victories gave U.S. boxers a 10-bout winning streak and a string of three knockouts.
″These guys are just putting punches together,″ head coach Ken Adams said. ″It is just coming. These guys are just amazing right now.″
Nine U.S. boxers have fought and seven are still in the tournament.
Andrew Maynard of the Army at Fort Carson, Colo., was to make his debut Sunday night against Mikaele Masoe of American Samoa at 178 pounds. Heavyweight Ray Mercer of the Army in Germany and super heavyweight Riddick Bowe of Brooklyn, N.Y., get into action Monday.
Arthur Johnson, 112, of Minneapolis and Todd Foster, 139, of Great Falls, Mont., were to try to reach the quarterfinals Sunday against Koreans. Johnson’s opponent was Kim Kwang-Sun and Foster’s was Chung Jin-Chul.
Carbajal took charge from the outset against Hieu. He knocked him down in with a left hook to the jaw, then moments later forced him to take a standing 8-count with a left-right to the head. A barrage of head punches led to another stand 8-count and automatically stopped the bout.
It was the second victory for Carbajal, who upset gold-medal favorte Oh Kwang Soo of South Korea, 3-2.
Asked about the path to a gold medal, with the early elimination of Oh and Luis Rolon of Puerto Rico, who also was in Carbajal’s bracket, Carbajal said, ″It is kind of wide open.
Ellis had a problem.
″I was kind of debating on which hand to take him out,″ Ellis said. ″I should just have let my combinations go.″
Traore had a bigger proglem. He took a standing 8-count from a right hand in the first round and three from a variety of head blows in the second.