Billy Joe's conqueror through to Olympic final

PUBLISHED: 19:02 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

THE man who knocked Hatfield hitter Billy Joe Saunders out of the Beijing Olympics is through to the final of the welterweight division. Carlos Banteaux Suarez defeated home favourite Silamu Hanati in the semi-finals by a convincing 17-4 margin to underli

THE man who knocked Hatfield hitter Billy Joe Saunders out of the Beijing Olympics is through to the final of the welterweight division.

Carlos Banteaux Suarez defeated home favourite Silamu Hanati in the semi-finals by a convincing 17-4 margin to underline his class and experience.

The Cuban defeated Hoddesdon Academy fighter Billy Joe 13-6 on points in the second round to end the hopes for a medal for Herts in the boxing.

It was not without controversy, however, with Saunders disappointed that many of his body shots were not scored by the judges ringside.

However, Saunders has not escaped the headlines since his exit from the Games, as he has recently been suspended by the ABA for an incident which occurred some months before the Olympics on a trip to France.

It remains to be seen what punishment, if any, will be handed out to the 18-year-old, but he may well take some pride in the fact that if Suarez wins the Olympic title, he will have gone out to the gold medal winner of the welterweight section.

The Pan-American champion is set to meet Bakhyt Sarsekbayev of Kazakhstan in the final after the Eastern European defeated Korean Kim Jungjoo in his semi-final bout 10-6.


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