Defending champion Zou Shiming of China narrowly advanced to another gold-medal bout with a tiebreaker victory over Ireland's Paddy Barnes on Friday 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 advance to 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 perhaps 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.
Berinchyk will be joined in the finals by heavyweight teammate Oleksandr Usyk, who dominated Bulgaria's Tervel Pulev to earn a gold-medal bout. He'll meet Italy's Clemente Russo, who beat top-seeded Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan in yet another hold-filled bout fo...