SA still winless in Baku
Tulani Mbenge failed to break South Africa's winless run at the world amateur boxing championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday.
Mohamed El Machhabi of Morocco outscored Mbenge 14-8 in the light-welterweight division, and things did not go much better for other Africans on the fifth day of the tournament.
Michael Amoo Bediako of Ghana was thrashed 29-5 by Koba Pkhakadze of Georgia and Rwanda’s Maurice Bikorimana also dropped out, beaten 19-7 by Anderson David Rojas of Ecuador.
But Burkina Faso’s Romaric Bassole restored the mood somewhat when he eliminated Nathan Ridings of El Salvador 22-11.
Thomas Stalker gave British supporters something to cheer about when the English fighter moved into the second round, defeating Yoelvis Hernandez of Venezuela 17-10.
Boxers from China and India got through to the next round, but there was a rare defeat for Cuba when the defending champion in the division, Roniel Iglesias, was eliminated in the first round. Ukraine's Denys Berinchyk beat him 14-13.
The 30-year-old Pan-American champion was trailing 6-5 after the first round but led 14-13 at the end of the second. However, Berinchyk pulled the scores level at 19-19 before the final gong to go through thanks to the referee's decision.
Former Asian Games winner Quing Hu of China cruised past Jamel Herring of the United States winning all three rounds (4-1 9-2 and 7-2) for a confident 20-5 overall victory.
He will now face Frenchman Samir Machrouh who outclassed Jaber Alfafi of Saudi Arabia 7-0 in the first round, forcing the referee to stop the bout early.
Last year's Asian Games champion, Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan, beat Scotland's Josh Taylor 11-5.
Hungary's Gyula Kati, who won bronze at the 2009 world championships, overcame Belarus's Yauhen Ramashkevich 24-14.
South Korean Sang Hyuk Park, who was second at this year's Asian championships, also lost his opening round bout when he was beaten 29-11 by Sweden's Anthony Yigit.
RESULTS DAY 5
Light-welterweight (64 kg)
Thomas Stalker (England) bt Yoelvis Hernandez (Venezuela) 17-10
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