|Date||22 August 2008|
|Location||Beijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing|
|Participants||16 from 16 countries|
|Format||Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.|
Steven Lopez had won this event in Athens in 2004 and had won a gold medal in the featherweight class at Sydney in 2000, and was also a four-time World Champion coming in to Beijing. But he was expecting to be challenged by Iran’s Hadj Saei, the 2004 featherweight gold medalist and 2005 World Lightweight Champion, who was moving up in class. Lopez’s brother, Mark, had already won a silver medal in the featherweight class, while his sister, Diana, would win a bronze medal in the women’s featherweight class.
The first round saw Lopez with a difficult draw, facing Turkey’s Bahri Tanrıkulu, who Lopez had defeated for gold in the Athens final, and who was the 2007 World Champion in middleweight, not an Olympic class. Lopez won, but would not make the final, being upset in the semis by Italian Mauro Sarmiento, whose previous podium finishes included a silver and bronze at the last two editions of the Universiade. Sarmiento met Saei in the final, who advanced with no major problems. The final match was close, with Saei scoring on two kicks in the final round to win, 6-4.
|=7||100||N'Guessan Sebastien Konan||CIV|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Carlos Vásquez||VEN||Lionel Baguissi||GAB||Final Score (5 - 0)|
|Match #2||Aaron Cook||GBR||Anju Jason||MHL||Final Score (7 - 0)|
|Match #3||Steven Lopez||USA||Bahri Tanrıkulu||TUR||Final Score (3 - 0)|
|Match #4||Mauro Sarmiento||ITA||N'Guessan Sebastien Konan||CIV||Final Score (4 - 1)|
|Match #5||Rəşəd Əhmədov||AZE||Abdulqader Sarhan||QAT||Final Score (5 - 0)|
|Match #6||Sébastien Michaud||CAN||Ángel Román||PUR||Final Score (2 - 1)|
|Match #7||Zhu Guo||CHN||Miguel Ferrera||HON||Final Score (3 - 1)|
|Match #8||Hadi Saei||IRI||Deepak Bista||NEP||Final Score (7 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Aaron Cook||GBR||Carlos Vásquez||VEN||Final Score (5 - 2)|
|Match #2||Mauro Sarmiento||ITA||Steven Lopez||USA||Final Score (2 - 1)|
|Match #3||Rəşəd Əhmədov||AZE||Sébastien Michaud||CAN||Superiority (0 - 0)|
|Match #4||Hadi Saei||IRI||Zhu Guo||CHN||Final Score (3 - 2)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final round.
|Match #1||Mauro Sarmiento||ITA||Aaron Cook||GBR||Final Score (6 - 5)|
|Match #2||Hadi Saei||IRI||Rəşəd Əhmədov||AZE||Final Score (4 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
|Match #1||Aaron Cook||GBR||Bye|
|Match #2||Zhu Guo||CHN||Deepak Bista||NEP||Final Score (6 - 2)|
|Match #3||Steven Lopez||USA||N'Guessan Sebastien Konan||CIV||Final Score (3 - 0)|
|Match #4||Rəşəd Əhmədov||AZE||Bye|
|Match #1||Zhu Guo||CHN||Aaron Cook||GBR||Final Score (4 - 1)|
|Match #2||Steven Lopez||USA||Rəşəd Əhmədov||AZE||Final Score (3 - 2)|
|Match 1/2||Hadi Saei||IRI||Mauro Sarmiento||ITA||Final Score (6 - 4)|