Billy Joe's Cuban conqueror wins Olympic silver

PUBLISHED: 12:54 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

THE man who knocked Hatfield hitter Billy Joe Saunders out of the Beijing Olympics has won silver in the welterweight division. Carlos Banteaux Suarez slipped to an 18-9 defeat in the final to Bakhy Sarsekbayev of Kazakhstan. The Cuban defeated Hoddesdon

THE man who knocked Hatfield hitter Billy Joe Saunders out of the Beijing Olympics has won silver in the welterweight division.

Carlos Banteaux Suarez slipped to an 18-9 defeat in the final to Bakhy Sarsekbayev of Kazakhstan.

The Cuban defeated Hoddesdon Boxing 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.

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 the man who ultimately ended his Beijing medal hunt made the final of his section.

Following his defeat to Pan-American champion Suarez, GB head coach Terry Edwards said he believed Saunders' conqueror will "probably win gold."

But Sarsekbayev upset the odds and secured the gold medal.

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