Ohioan Siler displays Americans' discipline



ATHENS, Greece -- Ron Siler barely got a scratch while winning his flyweight fight, and he also kept the U.S. boxing team's record unblemished. Three of his teammates might find it much harder to maintain that perfection.
Siler beat Australia's Bradley Hore 32-18 Tuesday night in a one-sided flyweight bout, improving the Americans' record to 4-0 in the preliminaries leading up to their final three fights of the round today.
In the afternoon session, light flyweight Rau'Shee Warren was to take on China's Zou Shiming, while heavyweight Devin Vargas was to face Morocco's Rachid El Haddak. The highlight of the session was Russian heavyweight Alexander Alexseev's fight against Cuba's Odlanier Solis in a rematch of the 2003 world championship final.
In the evening, American super heavyweight Jason Estrada was scheduled to meet Tonga's Ma'afu Hawke in the final bout of the preliminaries.
Andre Dirrell, Vanes Martirosyan and Vicente Escobedo have advanced to the second round with victories, while Andre Ward and Rock Allen received byes.
"I hope we just keep going the way we go," said Siler, the 24-year-old elder statesman and team captain. "We have the talent and the skills. It's all mental now."
Siler, from Cincinnati, executed his coaches' plan perfectly against Hore, who was itching for an undisciplined brawl in his first Olympic fight. Four years ago in Sydney, Hore was unable to fight in front of his home fans when he couldn't make weight.
The American fighters have appeared well-coached in Athens, doing their best to adhere to the amateur boxing ideals of speed, plenty of punches and strong defense. Siler chased Hore around the ring for two rounds, scoring when he pleased, then drew Hore into losing battles in every part of the ring in the final two rounds.
"He was coming in with some wild shots," Siler said. "But I felt he was slower than my sparring partners. I could see his punches after the first round."
Associated Press
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