Five men's boxing semifinal matches have been held on Friday at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 10 men have been awarded bronze medals and five gold medal finals have been set.
In the men's light fly (49kg) division, Paddy Barnes of Ireland lost a semifinal bout to Zou Shiming of China and captured the first bronze medal of the day. The judges scored the match 15-15 but Zou was determined to have landed the higher aggregate of punches, according to The Independent. Barnes has actually lost in the same division to Zou at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In the other semifinal, Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand defeated Russia's David Ayrapetyan, 13-12, to advance.
In the men's bantam (56kg) division, Ireland managed to send a boxer to the finals as John Joe Nevin defeated Cuba's Lazaro Alvarez Estrada, 19-14. In the other semifinal, Great Britain's Luke Campbell defeated Satoshi Shmizu of Japan, 20-11.
Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo of Cuba defeated Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy in the first semifinal of the men's light welter (64kg) division to advance to the final, 15-8. Ukraine's Dennis Berinchyk picked up a 29-21 victory over Munkh-Erdine Uranchimeg from Mongolia to make it to the final.
The men's middleweight (75kg) division also held its semifinals on Friday. Brazil's Esquiva Falcao Florentino advanced with a 16-9 victory over Anthony Ogogo of Great Britain, while Ryota Murata of Japan defeated Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev, 13-12.
Meanwhile, in the men's heavyweight (91kg) division, Oleksandr Usyk of the Ukraine easily defeated Bulgaria's Tervel Pulev, 21-5, while Clemente Russo of Italy advanced after a win over Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan, 15-13.
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