| Event type

Welterweight (≤80 kilograms), Men

Date22 August 2008
LocationBeijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-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.

1Hadi SaeiIRIGold
2Mauro SarmientoITASilver
=3Steven LopezUSABronze
=3Zhu GuoCHNBronze
=5Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZE
=5Aaron CookGBR
=7Deepak BistaNEP
=7N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV
=9Sébastien MichaudCAN
=9Carlos VásquezVEN
=11Lionel BaguissiGAB
=11Miguel FerreraHON
=11Anju JasonMHL
=11Ángel RománPUR
=11Abdulqader SarhanQAT
=11Bahri TanrıkuluTUR

Round One

Date22 August 2008 — 11:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #122 Aug 11:00Carlos VásquezVENFinal scoreLionel BaguissiGAB
Match #222 Aug 11:15Aaron CookGBRFinal scoreAnju JasonMHL
Match #322 Aug 11:30Steven LopezUSAFinal scoreBahri TanrıkuluTUR
Match #422 Aug 11:45Mauro SarmientoITAFinal scoreN'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV
Match #522 Aug 12:00Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZEFinal scoreAbdulqader SarhanQAT
Match #622 Aug 12:15Sébastien MichaudCANFinal scoreÁngel RománPUR
Match #722 Aug 12:30Zhu GuoCHNFinal scoreMiguel FerreraHON
Match #822 Aug 12:45Hadi SaeiIRIFinal scoreDeepak BistaNEP


Date22 August 2008 — 16:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #122 Aug 16:00Aaron CookGBRFinal scoreCarlos VásquezVEN
Match #222 Aug 16:15Mauro SarmientoITAFinal scoreSteven LopezUSA
Match #322 Aug 16:30Rəşəd ƏhmədovAZESuperioritySébastien MichaudCAN
Match #422 Aug 16:45Hadi SaeiIRIFinal scoreZhu GuoCHN


Date22 August 2008 — 17:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
Match #122 Aug 17:30Mauro SarmientoITAFinal scoreAaron CookGBR
Match #222 Aug 17:45Hadi SaeiIRIFinal scoreRəşəd ƏhmədovAZE

Repêchage Round One

Date22 August 2008 — 18:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
Match #122 AugAaron CookGBR
Match #222 Aug 18:30Zhu GuoCHNFinal scoreDeepak BistaNEP
Match #322 Aug 18:45Steven LopezUSAFinal scoreN'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV
Match #422 AugRəşəd ƏhmədovAZE

Final Round

Date22 August 2008 — 20:15
Match 1/222 Aug 20:15Hadi SaeiIRIFinal scoreMauro SarmientoITA
Match 3/522 Aug 19:30Zhu GuoCHNFinal scoreAaron CookGBR
Match 3/522 Aug 19:45Steven LopezUSAFinal scoreRəşəd ƏhmədovAZE