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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

German Forfeits to Savon, Americans Drop Like Flies

ATLANTA -- Reigning champion Felix Savon of Cuba walked through to the Olympic heavyweight final without throwing a punch after his German semifinals opponent, Luan Krasniqi, failed to show up.


Krasniqi had an injured hand and a cut under his eye and did not turn out for Thursday's weigh-in. He still wins a bronze medal as a losing semifinalist.


Savon, five times a world champion and unbeaten internationally for 10 years, meets Canada's David Defiagbon for the gold medal Saturday.


The Canadian, who beat Nate Jones of the United States 16 to 10 to advance, said he was not worried about Savon being fresher for the final.


Savon's semifinal would have been a highlight of the night, but instead the fans, who were not told in advance of the walkover, watched disappointedly as he stood in the ring waiting for an opponent he knew was not coming.


Defiagbon, who reached the semifinals after France's Christophe Mendy was disqualified for hitting him with a low blow, was clearly tiring against Jones after staggering him in the first round.


"I think that the fight today showed that I deserve to be in the final," Defiagbon declared.


Jones agreed that the Canadian deserved to win. His mother, who had not watched him fight since he was 8 years old, witnessed the defeat.


The Cubans, who were rocked by two stunning defeats Wednesday, took four wins out of four. They have three other fighters in Friday's semifinals.


Defiagbon's win sealed a disappointing night for the host nation, with three defeats in three fights. Apart from Jones, lightweight Terrance Cauthen and middleweight Roshii Wells both lost.


Cauthen, trained by Marvis Frazier, son of former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, was beaten 15-12 by Tontcho Tontchev, one of two Bulgarians to win through.


Wells, an Atlanta local, was outclassed 17-8 by Cuba's Olympic and world champion, Ariel Hernandez.