USA Boxing

Aug 24 Kazakhstan's Sarsekbayev wins welterweight gold

Aug. 24, 2008, 3:44 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Bakhyt Sarsekbayev of Kazakhstan has won the welterweight boxing gold medal, upsetting Cuban favorite Carlos Banteaux 18-9.

Sarsekbayev had little international success before the Olympics, but he was quicker and more accurate than Banteaux on Sunday. Sarsekbayev controlled the bout to win Kazakhstan's fifth boxing gold.

Banteaux's loss means amateur powerhouse Cuba failed to win a boxing gold medal in a games it didn't boycott for the first time since 1968. After traveling to Beijing without any of its five defending gold medalists, the young Cuban team will win four silver medals and four bronze medals.

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