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Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms), Men

Date12 – 24 August 2008
LocationBeijing Gongren Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants27 from 27 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The best known amateur bantamweight of the 21st century was Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux, the 2001 and 2005 World Champion. But Cuba had been hit with a series of defections in the past few years and Rigondeaux unsuccessfully attempted to do so at the 2007 Pan American Games and he was removed from the national team. In his absence the 2007 Worlds were won by Russian Sergey Vodopyanov. But he lasted only one match in Beijing, losing in round two to the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion Akhil Kumar of India in a tie-breaking decision. With Vodopyanov out, the 2007 World silver medalist Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan of Mongolia was favored. He made it to the final with a close semi-final win over Mauritian Bruno Julie, who became the first Olympic medalist from that small African island nation.

The final was not close, with Badar-Uugan pounding Cuba’s new representative in this class, Yankiel León, winning a 16-5 decision. Prior to 2008 Mongolia had the unusual distinction as the nation with the most Olympic medals (15), but no gold medals. This streak had been stopped earlier in the Beijing Olympics by judoka Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, but Badar-Uugan added Mongolia’s second Olympic gold medal and first in boxing. Two Mongolians had won Olympic boxing medals previously, Nergüin Enkhbat in 1988 and Namjilyn Bayarsaikhan in 1992, both in the lightweight division, and earlier on the same day in 2008, Pürevdorjin Serdamba had won silver as a light-flyweight.

1Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGLGold
2Yankiel LeónCUBSilver
=3Bruno JulieMRIBronze
=3Veaceslav GojanMDABronze
=5Worapoj PetchkoomTHA
=5Héctor ManzanillaVEN
=5Akhil KumarIND
=5Khumiso IkgopolengBOT
=9Vittorio ParrinelloITA
=9Kanat AbutalipovKAZ
=9Han Sun-CheolKOR
=9Khurshid TodzhiboyevUZB
=9Gu YuCHN
=9Sergey VodopyanovRUS
=9Hicham MesbahiMAR
=9John Joe NevinIRL
=17Issah SamirGHA
=17Emanuel NketuLES
=17Rustam RahimovGER
=17Joe MurrayGBR
=17Khavazhi KhatsihauBLR
=17McJoe ArroyoPUR
=17Ali HallabFRA
=17Luke BoydAUS
=17Jonathan RomeroCOL
=17Abdelhalim OurradiALG
=17Óscar ValdezMEX
DNSGary Russell, Jr.USA1

Round One

Date12 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #112 AugWorapoj PetchkoomTHA
Match #212 AugVittorio ParrinelloITA
Match #312 AugYankiel LeónCUB
Match #412 AugKanat AbutalipovKAZ
Match #512 AugHan Sun-CheolKOR
Match #612 Aug 14:45Héctor ManzanillaVENDecisionIssah SamirGHA
Match #712 Aug 15:00Bruno JulieMRIDecisionEmanuel NketuLES
Match #812 Aug 15:15Khurshid TodzhiboyevUZBDecisionRustam RahimovGER
Match #912 Aug 15:30Gu YuCHNDecisionJoe MurrayGBR
Match #1012 Aug 15:45Veaceslav GojanMDADecisionKhavazhi KhatsihauBLR
Match #1112 Aug 20:30Sergey VodopyanovRUSDecisionMcJoe ArroyoPUR
Match #1212 Aug 20:45Akhil KumarINDDecisionAli HallabFRA
Match #1312 Aug 21:00Khumiso IkgopolengBOTDecisionLuke BoydAUS
Match #1412 Aug 21:15Hicham MesbahiMARDecisionJonathan RomeroCOL
Match #1512 Aug 21:30John Joe NevinIRLDecisionAbdelhalim OurradiALG
Match #1612 Aug 21:45Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGLDecisionÓscar ValdezMEX

Round Two

Date15 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #115 Aug 19:00Worapoj PetchkoomTHADecisionVittorio ParrinelloITA
Match #215 Aug 19:15Yankiel LeónCUBDecisionKanat AbutalipovKAZ
Match #315 Aug 19:30Héctor ManzanillaVENDecisionHan Sun-CheolKOR
Match #415 Aug 19:45Bruno JulieMRIDecisionKhurshid TodzhiboyevUZB
Match #515 Aug 20:00Veaceslav GojanMDADecisionGu YuCHN
Match #615 Aug 20:15Akhil KumarINDDecisionSergey VodopyanovRUS
Match #715 Aug 20:30Khumiso IkgopolengBOTReferee stops contest (injured)Hicham MesbahiMAR
Match #815 Aug 20:45Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGLDecisionJohn Joe NevinIRL


Date18 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #118 Aug 19:00Yankiel LeónCUBDecisionWorapoj PetchkoomTHA
Match #218 Aug 19:15Bruno JulieMRIDecisionHéctor ManzanillaVEN
Match #318 Aug 19:30Veaceslav GojanMDADecisionAkhil KumarIND
Match #418 Aug 19:45Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGLDecisionKhumiso IkgopolengBOT


Date22 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #122 Aug 19:30Yankiel LeónCUBDecisionBruno JulieMRI
Match #222 Aug 19:45Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGLDecisionVeaceslav GojanMDA

Final Round

Date24 August 2008
Match 1/224 Aug 14:05Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGLDecisionYankiel LeónCUB