Kelly facing tough task

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Belfast's Damaen Kelly must beat the world's top flyweight to guarantee himself an Olympic medal. Kelly's reward for out-boxing Australia's Hussein Hussein is a quarter-final pairing with Bulat Dzumadilov of Kazakhstan.

Kelly's Irish team-mate, Francis Barrett, will not be joining him in the last eight, however. Barrett was beaten 18-6 by Tunisia's Faithi Missaoui at the second stage of the light-welterweight category - a result loudly booed by the large crowd at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Barrett overwhelmed his first opponent 32-7, but took 85 seconds to score his first point against Missaoui, who used his big reach advantage to good effect, countering as Barrett came storming in.

The Tunisian was 14-4 ahead after two rounds and convincingly took the verdict 18-6. The crowd could not believe that he had done enough to win and their loud protests were ringing round the arena long after the fighters had left.

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