At 56KG's we saw China's Jiawei Zhang put on a brilliant performance against South Korean Sangmyeong Ham. Zhang looked a level above his Korean foe, who refused to give up but was never able to match the Chinese fighter who looks like a genuine gold medal contender. Once again we are convinced that Korean boxing could be helped out in a big way if Ham decides to turn professional after the Olympics.
In a controversial bout Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan was beaten by Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev. The bout was a competitive one at times but the Uzbek was given the first two rounds, against the view of the general consensus. Despite the controversy Yeraliyev, with his incredible energy and pressure style, will be a handful for anyone.
Another controversially scored bout came at 60KG's and saw Mongolian Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu suffer a very, very questionable loss to Frenchman Sofian Oumiha. There was a strong case for the Mongolian to have won the first two rounds comfortably, though failed to get either of them on any of the cards. He got the third round form all 3 judges but that was too little to claim the win in a bout that he seemed to boss. Whilst Oumiha had worked hard to get this far into the competition there is no way that he deserved the win here, nor did he deserve to move into a final as a result of his performance.
In a 64KG bout we saw Azeri fighter Lorenzo Sotomayor over-come France's Hassan Amzile to move into the final 8 of the division. The Azeri always seemed like he was a bit too good for the Frenchman, though Amzile refused to give in and gave a stirring effort of his own.