Frenchman Vastine looks for Olympic redemption

France's leading boxing medal hope Alexis Vastine left the last Olympics in disgrace despite taking bronze but here on Sunday he returned to the Games vowing to set the record straight.

The 25-year-old welterweight beat German opponent Patrick Wojcicki 16-12 in his first round contest and said he was only looking forwards.

He added he wanted to put in the past his furious exit after losing the Beijing semi-final by just two points following a pair of controversial penalties denied him a place in the final.

"One has to forget things like that," said Vastine, who is a two-time Military Games gold medalist.

"You can't stay in the past. Look, already I have moved on in reaching my second Olympics and I am here and through to the second round.

"My target is to go further than the last time. I have shaken off the cobwebs with that win against a tough opponent."

Britain's welterweight contender Freddie Evans set up a revenge bout in the second round with fourth-seeded world bronze medalist Egidijus Kavaliauskas as, spurred on by almost 10,000 supporters, he eased past Algerian Ilyas Abbadi 18-10.

The 21-year-old Welshman said he was going to be a different boxer to the one that fought the Lithuanian last year at the world championships.

"I was a little ring rusty going in there today but I have never experienced anything like that atmosphere before," said an awe-struck Evans.

"I have my gameplan set up already for him (Kavaliauskas) and it is different to the one in Azerbaijan last year.

"He will see a totally different Freddie Evans from then. I switched off in the fight as I had already achieved what I had gone there for and qualified for the Olympics in the previous round."

Meanwhile Chinese lightweight boxer Liu Qiang, at the relatively late age of 30, is keen to make up for the huge disappointment of missing a home Olympics in Beijing because of a left shoulder injury.

Liu began in style in London with a thumping 20-7 win over experienced Australian Luke Jackson, the 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist

Although delighted, Liu was realistic when assessing his next opponent -- Cuban second seed and world silver medalist Yasnier Toledo Lopez.

"I haven't fought him before but I have seen him fight, so I understand his style," said Liu, a silver medalist at the Asian Championships last year.

"I will focus on tightening up my defence. But he is a formidable opponent."

Vastine could have learnt from lightweight Saylom Ardee in terms of accepting an unfair decision in a dignified manner after the Thai was denied a major scalp in the first round here on Sunday.

The 26-year-old was edged out on countback after it was judged he'd fought a 12-12 draw with world bronze medallist Gani Zhailauov.

While clearly upset over the decision, he accepted it as gracefully as he could. "I believe I won but the judges' decision says otherwise."

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