It was a great night for Georgians and a bad one for Cubans on Friday.
Rhoshii Wells of the Atlanta suburb of Riverdale capped a three-victory day for U.S. boxers by outpointing Ricardo Rodriguez of Brazil 16-2 at 165 pounds.
Winning in the afternoon were Terrance Cauthen of Philadelphia at 132 pounds and Albert Guardado of Topeka, Kan., at 106. Cauthen, booed for dancing away from his opponent in the final minute, escaped with a 10-9 victory over Tumentsetsec Ultumea of Mongolia. Guardado outpointed Anicet Rasonnaivo of Madagascar.
"If I would have listened to the crowd, I might not be here to tell you about it," Cauthen said. "I had to do what was best for me. I had to box smart."
Wells' victory was very popular with most of the crowd at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, but the cheers were just as loud for another Georgian.
Koba Gogoladze of Georgia, a former Soviet republic, shook Cuban Julio Gonzalez with head blows and won a 14-9 decision in a 132-pound bout.
In the first bout, Cuba sustained its first defeat after 14 victories when Mansueto Velasxco of the Philippines beat Yosvani Aguilera 14-5 at 106 pounds.
"I knew they would lose some," said Al Mitchell, coach of the U.S. team, whose boxers are 0-2 against Cubans in this competition. "They (American boxers) are just mad that they were the first to beat them."
Ariel Hernandez, a 1992 Olympic champion, gave Cuba its fourth quarterfinalist by outpointing Sven Ottke of Germany in a 165-pound bout roundly booed for its lack of action.
The U.S. team also has four quarterfinalists, with five boxers still alive. Cuba could get six more quarterfinalists.