USA Boxing

Aug 12 US favorite Warren upset in 1st Olympic fight

Aug. 12, 2008, 8:14 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) World champion flyweight Rau'shee Warren was upset by South Korea's Lee Ok-sung 9-8 Tuesday, a stunning end to a wait for the first two-time American boxing Olympian in 30 years.

Warren barely threw a punch over the last 35 seconds, mistakenly believing his friends and teammates in the stands were telling him he was winning the fight. Warren entered the fourth round tied with Lee, the 2005 world champion, but fell behind midway through the round and never scored again.

Warren, who lost his first bout at light flyweight in Athens four years ago, was the top medal favorite for the tumultuous American team along with welterweight Demetrius Andrade, another world champion who barely won his debut fight Sunday in Beijing.

Warren's departure comes on the heels of bantamweight Gary Russell Jr.'s failure to make weight, along with early losses by Sadam Ali and Javier Molina.

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