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Pat McCormack, Caroline Dubois power on at Olympics, but Cheavon Clarke defeated

Pat McCormack and Caroline Dubois progress at the Olympic boxing tournament, but there was disappointment for heavyweight Cheavon Clarke.

Pat McCormack and Caroline Dubois progressed for Team GB at the Kokugikan Arena, but there was huge disappointment for heavyweight Cheavon Clarke.
Welterweight McCormack saw off the Belarusian Aliaksandr Radzionau in the round of 16.
McCormack, the top seed, was far too classy for his younger opponent.
He dominated from the first bell and won a unanimous decision. He almost took a clean sweep on the cards, but for the Sri Lanka judge, who surprisingly awarded the first round to his opponent.

McCormack prevailed on all five scorecards (30-27 on four, 29-28 on one) at the Kokugikan Arena.

He proved too quick and skillful for the 21-year-old, who was caught with slick counters from the British medal hope.
He will now take on Uzbekistan's Bobo Usman Baturo in the quarter-finals.

Dominant Dubois

Dubois kicked off her Olympic career in the lightweight divisions by beating Kosovo's Donjeta Sadiku in the round of 32.

The exciting British prospect won via a unanimous decision to line up a last-16 bout with USA's Rashida Ellis.
Dubois took control of the fight from the off and caught her opponent with her left hand whenever she came into range.
She was the more composed and accurate throughout the three-round contest. And she dealt well with Sadiku's late charge in round three.
The 22-year-old momentarily pinned Dubois on the ropes, but the GB star escaped and landed her left hand to reach the next round.

Disappointment for Clarke

The GB success ended later though when Clarke tasted heartbreak in his first bout on the Olympic stage.

After receiving a bye in the first round he was handed a favourable draw against Brazil's Abner Teixeira.
Clarke though could not get the better of his younger opponent despite a bright start and lost via a split decision.
In a first round full of body shots, Clarke took the round on three of the five judges cards.
Teixeira took the second round, which was again dominated by body shots.
And in a close final round, in which the GB boxer was warned to lift his head, Teixeira edged it, despite the Cuban judge giving Clarke all three rounds.
The German judge saw it 30-27 the other way and Teixeira took the other three judges' votes 29-28.

Draw opens up for Artingstall

GB's Karriss Artingstall will have to get past Australia's Commonwealth gold medallist Skye Nicolson to reach the last four in the featherweight division.

Artingstall took a surprise unanimous decision against the third seed from Brazil Jucielen Romeu with some powerful left hand shots.

Romeu was not the only seed to fall as the competition was left wide open on a day of shocks on Monday.

Top seed Lin Yu-ting from Taiwan was beaten on points by her much smaller opponent Nesthy Petecio from the Philippines.
Ireland's Michaela Walsh and Khouloud Hlimi Ep Moulahi were the other two seeds to fall on Monday, losing to Irma Testa (Italy) and Sena Irie (Japan) respectively on points.
It leaves Artingstall with a real hope of a medal.
"Seeds mean absolutely nothing to me, it's a number - one, twos, threes, whatever you want to call yourself," she said.
"Until you get in that ring and beat me, I'm not going to say you're better than me or you box better than me. For her to be the number three seed meant absolutely nothing."

Team GB schedule (UK time)

Wednesday, July 28
Round of 16
Lauren Price (GB) v Munkhbat Myagmarjargal (MON)
Round of 16
Ben Whittaker (GB) v Abdelrahman Oraby (EGY)
Karriss Artingstall (GB) v Skye Nicolson (Aus)
Thursday, July 29
Round of 16
Frazer Clarke (GB) v Tsotne Rogava (UKR)
Round of 16
Charley Davison (GB) v Yuan Chang (CHN)
Friday, July 30
Round of 16
Caroline Dubois (GB) v Rashida Ellis (USA)
Pat McCormack (GB) v Bobo Usman Baturov (UZK)

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