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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cuban Flyweight Deals Americans First Defeat

ATLANTA -- Cuba ran up its winning streak to nine, and conveniently stopped the run of its U.S. archrival at seven in the process.


By the time Cuban flyweight Maiko Romero got started against Eric Morel on Tuesday, the first defeat for a U.S. Olympic boxer was virtually assured.


The three-time Cuban national champion built an early 8-1 lead en route to a 24-12 victory at 51 kilos that gave his team a 10-5 record in Olympic matchups with U.S. boxers that began in 1968.


The Cubans went 9-0 after light middleweight Alfredo Duvergal outpointed Jozef Gilewski of Poland 10-2 at 71 kilos.


Light middleweight David Reid of Philadelphia boosted the U.S. record to 7-1 by outpointing Lee Wan-Kyun of South Korea 20-4 in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.


Reid's bout ended amid a chorus of boos after Lee kneed a crouching Reid with 18 seconds remaining. Lee was penalized two points.


"I had him frustrated and he knew he was losing," Reid, 22, said of Lee's action.


Reid, scoring well with overhand rights, wobbled Lee in the final round with a right to the head and scored with two more rights in a brief exchange.


Lee then kicked Reid and the crowd erupted with boos. After the final bell, the Korean hugged Reid.


"The only team we've lost to so far is Cuba. I wanted to show that the U.S. team is tough," said Reid.