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Clay-Bey's loss snaps 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.

USA Boxing filed a formal protest over the loss, citing inconsistencies in the computer scoring system. A decision may be issued Sunday.

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 will be 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. Cuba got its fifth and sixth quarterfinalists when Aragon outpointed Rogelio de Brito of Brazil 16-6 at 125 pounds and Alfredo Duvergel beat Serguei Gorodnitchev of Ukraine 15-2 at 156 pounds.

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

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