With Smokin' Joe Frazier watching his every move, Terrance Cauthen did some smokin' of his own Sunday in a lightweight match.
Cauthen, a left-handed boxer-counterpuncher, attacked late in the first round with a flurry that earned him three points and an 8-2 lead over Mahamatkodir Abdullaev of Uzbekistan. In the final moments of the 132-pound bout, Cauthen unleashed another barrage that brought the Alexander Memorial Coliseum crowd to its feet and capped an 18-6 victory.
After the match, the 20-year-old Cauthen, who trains at Frazier's North Philadelphia Gym under Sam Hickman, embraced the 1964 Olympic gold medalist and former heavyweight champ.
"It was exciting to see him win," Frazier said. "I think he'll go all the way."
The U.S. team, which is 4-0, also got a victory Sunday from Albert Guardado, a 106-pounder who skipped tryouts for the 1992 Olympic team to go to his prom.
The start of the Guardado bout was delayed when an official said Guardado's headguard was not AIBA approved and he had to get another one. At this competition, the boxers are donning headgear after they get into the ring.
"They should check the headguards when the boxers get gloved," said U.S. coach Al Mitchell. "They shouldn't do it right before the bout."
Cuba went 3-0 when Yosvani Aguilera stopped Stefan Strom of Sweden at 2:26 of the second round at 106 pounds.
Felix Savon, 201 pounds, and Julio Gonzalez, 132, made it 5-0 for Cuba at night.
Savon, the 1992 Olympic champion and four-time world champion, had no trouble outpointing Andrei Kumyavka of Kazakstan 9-3. Gonzalez, a world champion in 1989 and a Pan American champion last year, outpointed Romeo Brin of the Philippines 24-13.