Zou, Nevin get big wins in Olympic boxing semis
Sat, 11 Aug 2012 3:43a.m.
By Greg Beacham
Defending champion Zou Shiming of China narrowly advanced to another gold-medal bout with a tiebreaker victory over Ireland's Paddy Barnes in the first of 20 semifinal fights in the Olympic boxing tournament.
Bantamweight John Joe Nevin of Ireland stunned top-seeded Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba 19-14 to set up a scintillating rivalry bout in the final against Britain's Luke Campbell, who beat Japan's Satoshi Shimizu 20-11.
Ukraine light welterweight Denys Berinchyk and Mongolia's Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg put on arguably the best fight of the tournament, with the relentless Berinchyk rallying from a second-round deficit to score a jaw-dropping 17 points in the third round of a 29-21 victory. Berinchyk will face Cuba's Roniel Iglesias in the final.
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