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Clay-Bey's loss snaps the U.S. victory string at five

U.S. super-heavyweight Lawrence Clay-Bey lost Saturday, but after all it was only a boxing match.

"Smile, it's not the end of the world," he told reporters, in obvious reference to the explosion at Centennial Park in which two people died and more than 100 were injured. "It's the Olympics. Smile."

Clay-Bey, 30, a prison guard from Hartford, Conn., and the oldest boxer on the U.S. team, lost 10-8 to Vladimir Klichko of Ukraine. Clay-Bey's loss snapped a string of victories that put five U.S. boxers into the quarterfinals.

Earlier, David Reid, 22, of Philadelphia scored with hard rights to the head for a 12-5 victory over Pavol Polakovic of the Czech Republic. At night, Floyd Mayweather of Grand Rapids, Mich., swarmed all over Artur Gevorgyan of Armenia for a 16-3 victory at 125 pounds. Mayweather became the sixth American to reach the quarterfinals. Antonio Tarver (178 pounds) of Orlando and David Diaz (139) of Chicago will try to become Nos. 7 and 8 today.

Mayweather was so dazzling, U.S. coach Al Mitchell said, "he looked like Sugar Ray Robinson or Sugar Ray Leonard, then he lost a little focus in the second and third rounds."

Mayweather's quarterfinal opponent is Lorenzo Aragon of Cuba. It will be the only U.S.-Cuba matchup in the quarterfinals. Cubans are 2-0 against U.S. boxers in this tournament.

Aragon, 156-pounder Alfredo Duvergel and super-heavyweight Alexis Rubalcaba became Cuba's fifth, sixth and seventh quarterfinalists.

Aragon outpointed Rogelio de Brito of Brazil 16-6. Duvergel beat Sergei Gorodnitchev of Ukraine 15-2. Rubalcaba knocked down Paolo Vidoz of Italy and stopped him at 2:39 of the first round.

Victories by Ramaz Paliano, a 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, at 125 pounds and world champion Alexei Lezin (201) gave Russia five quarterfinalists.