Yanez nails down Olympic bid with second-round stoppage

By Scott Shaffer

31/10/2007

Yanez nails down Olympic bid with second-round stoppage

Luis Yanez RSC2 Stephen Sutherland... Light flyweight Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas) is going to the 2008 Olympics, thanks to a second-round stoppage of Australia’s Stephen Sutherland. Yanez is the third American to earn a tript to Beijing, and as the Pan Am Games gold medalist, he may be the country's best medal hope. Though he competes in the lightest weight class, Yanez's punching was strong enough to cause three standing eight counts. After the third standing eight count, the referee stopped the bout with 18 seconds remaining in the second round. Yanez was leading Sutherland, his former sparring partner, by a 17-3 margin at the time of the stoppage. He will face the Philippines’ Harry Tanamor, who also is going to Beijing, in quarterfinal action on Thursday. source: usa boxing