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Super-Heavyweight (>91 kilograms), Men

Date1 – 12 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Traditionally the “Blue Riband” event of the boxing tournament, the super-heavyweight division was perhaps even more eagerly anticipated than usual due to the depth of talent in the division. Defending champion Roberto Cammarelle was joined in London by world champion Məhəmmədrəsul Məcidov of Azerbaijan, Beijing finalist Zhang Zhilei of China and the rising young British talent Anthony Joshua.

Though cheered on fanatically by the home support Joshua was nearly eliminated in his first fight and was fortunate to be given the decision over Cuban Erislandy Savón, nephew of the legendary Félix Savón. Joshua improved on this display in his next fights and reached the final with a victory over Russia’s Ivan Dychko while in the other semi-final Cammarelle won a close but deserved decision over Məcidov. The final bout between the Italian and the Briton, whilst not a classic, turned into a nail-biter. For the first two rounds the more streetwise and experienced Cammarelle kept the young British fighter at bay but a desperate attack in the third brought Joshua back into contention. Neutral observers were a little surprised when the score was announced as a tie and the Italian contingent were certainly unhappy when Joshua was awarded the fight on countback.

Joshua’s victory denied Cammarelle the honour of becoming the first man to defend an Olympic title in the heaviest weight category since Teófilo Stevenson.

1Anthony JoshuaGBRGold
2Roberto CammarelleITASilver
=3Məhəmmədrəsul MəcidovAZEBronze
=3Ivan DychkoKAZBronze
=5Magomed OmarovRUS
=5Mohamed ArjaouiMAR
=5Simon KeanCAN
=5Zhang ZhileiCHN
=9Meji MwanbaCOD
=9Dominic BreazealeUSA
=9Blaise MendouoCMR
=9Ytalo PereaECU
=9Erik PfeiferGER
=9Tony YokaFRA
=9Johan LindeAUS
=9Erislandy SavónCUB

Round One (1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Məhəmmədrəsul MəcidovAZE Meji MwanbaCOD Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:09)
Match #2 Magomed OmarovRUS Dominic BreazealeUSA Decision (19 - 8)
Match #3 Mohamed ArjaouiMAR Blaise MendouoCMR Decision (15 - 6)
Match #4 Roberto CammarelleITA Ytalo PereaECU Decision (18 - 10)
Match #5 Ivan DychkoKAZ Erik PfeiferGER Decision (14 - 4)
Match #6 Simon KeanCAN Tony YokaFRA Decision (16 - 16)
Match #7 Zhang ZhileiCHN Johan LindeAUS Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:14)
Match #8 Anthony JoshuaGBR Erislandy SavónCUB Decision (17 - 16)

Quarter-Finals (6 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Məhəmmədrəsul MəcidovAZE Magomed OmarovRUS Decision (17 - 14)
Match #2 Roberto CammarelleITA Mohamed ArjaouiMAR Decision (12 - 11)
Match #3 Ivan DychkoKAZ Simon KeanCAN Decision (20 - 6)
Match #4 Anthony JoshuaGBR Zhang ZhileiCHN Decision (15 - 11)

Semi-Finals (10 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Roberto CammarelleITA Məhəmmədrəsul MəcidovAZE Decision (13 - 12)
Match #2 Anthony JoshuaGBR Ivan DychkoKAZ Decision (13 - 11)

Final Round (12 August 2012)

Match 1/2 Anthony JoshuaGBR Roberto CammarelleITA Decision (18 - 18)