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Arroyo beats Volkov in close contest

AP , CHICAGO

Michael Hunter, left, of the US lands a punch on Kurban Gunebakan of Turkey in a super heavyweight clash at the World Boxing Championships in Chicago on Saturday. Hunter won 30-7.

PHOTO: AP

McWilliams Arroyo of Puerto Rico took another step toward qualifying for the Beijing Olympics when he defeated Ukrainian middleweight Vitaliy Volkov on Saturday at the World Boxing Championships in Chicago.

In flyweight bouts, US Olympian Rau'shee Warren defeated Mexican Avila Juarez Braulio, Violito Payla of the Philippines beat England's Khalid Said, and Kazakhstan's Mirat Sarsembayev downed Faber Frantinek of the Czech Republic.

Arroyo, who won gold at this year's Pan American Games, established an early lead in the close-fought match. Volkov mounted a comeback late in the fourth, but failed to make up enough ground before losing 23-14.

Arroyo, who is holding off his celebrations until he earns the one more win that will earn him an Olympics berth.

"I'm not happy just yet," Arroyo. "It would be a dream come true to make it to the Olympics."

Warren, who competed at the Athens Games, looked like an experienced fighter in Olympic form during his bout.

Juarez Braulio threw flurries of punches throughout the fight, but Warren dodged or blocked almost all of them, ultimately winning the match 23-3 when he outscored his opponent by twenty points in the third round.

Sarsembayev, who won bronze at the 2005 world championships, scored the first point with a left hook that sent Frantinek staggering. The Kazakh never looked back, fighting a quicker bout than his opponent, and ultimately winning the match by a score of 16-6.

Payla who competed in the 2004 Olympics, had little trouble dispatching Said 29-15.

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