Tichtchenko through to semis

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Alexei Tichtchenko ousted Galib Jafarov to advance to the semifinals of the Olympic boxing tournament.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Russian featherweight Alexei Tichtchenko ousted world champion Galib Jafarov of Kazakhstan from the Olympic boxing tournament, winning 36-26 to advance to the semifinals. Two world champions advanced with easy wins on the second day of quarterfinals at Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall. Russian super heavyweight Alexander Povetkin and bantamweight Aghasi Mammadov both clinched a medal - as did the other 10 winners in yesterday's fights, since bronzes are awarded to both semifinal losers. Two more fighters from the powerful Cuban team advanced to the semis. Bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux and super heavyweight Michel Lopez Nunez encountered no problems, but featherweight Luis Franco was beaten by Germany's Vitali Tajbert. Tichtchenko, a 20-year-old Olympic rookie with no major international titles, took an early lead and finished off the night's biggest upset with tight combinations of punches. Jafarov, who disappointed a section of cheering Kazakhstan fans, was the second world champion to lose in the quarterfinals, joining French light welterweight Willy Blain. (AP)

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