Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz and Puerto Rico's Jose Javier Rosario began the day, and it was the Turkish lightweight (60kg) who seized control and held off Rosario’s late rally to set up a semi-final bout with Mexico’s Lindolfo Delgado. Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng also progressed with a fine performance against Germany's APB boxer Artur Bril in the first two rounds, and will now face Italy's Carmine Tommasone.
"I felt good in my opening bout and though I could have performed much better, all that matters is that I got the decision. My tactics were to stay off the jab and keep it simple but explosive. I expect a more intense bout against my Cameroon opponent, but I’m sure I will control the bout and get the win,” said United States' Jonathan Esquivel after his opening contest.
Experienced Croatian heavyweight (91kg) Marko Calic controlled his bout against Panama's Israel Duffus and will meet Venezuela's Alfonso Flores in the semi-final, while at flyweight (52kg), Ukrainian Maksym Fatych defeated India’s Gaurav Bidhuri to set up a final-four meeting with Caciques de Venezuela star Yoel Finol. The result of the day, however, came from Spain's Youba Ndiaye Sissokho, who looked well-prepared for the in-form Serhii Bohachuk, himself fresh from a brilliant Season VI with Ukraine Otamans, and secured a remarkably convincing win in front of the Vargas crowds.