posted on Aug, 27 2004 @ 01:11 PM
Britain's Amir Khan could become the youngest Olympic boxing champion in 52 years after assuring himself of at least a lightweight silver medal.
Amir Khan's bid to become the youngest ever British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal moved a step closer in Athens on Friday night when he secured a
40-26 points win over Kazakhstan's Serik Yeleuov in the semi-finals of the lightweight division.
The 17-year-old, who is now guaranteed at least a silver in Sunday's final, attempted a make fast start but got caught by a couple of punches on the
He hit back with some decent shots but found himself in the unusual position of being behind at the first bell. Yeleuov was a cagey boxer and waited
for Khan to move in before catching him with counter-punches.
Khan was still two points behind at the end of the second round but he stepped up a gear in third and looked more composed. He nailed his opponent
with flashy punches, although the most effective was probably the straight right hand which found its target two or three times.
He led 27-21 going into the final round and simply outboxed his opponent to clinch victory and a place in the final. Khan will face the winner of the
second semi between Mario Kindelan, the defending champion from Cuba, and Russia's Murat Khrachev.