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Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms), Men

Date12 – 24 August 2008
StatusOlympic
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.

PosBoxerNOC
1Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGLGold
2Yankiel LeónCUBSilver
=3Bruno JulieMRIBronze
=3Vaeceslav 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 (12 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Worapoj PetchkoomTHA Bye
Match #2 Vittorio ParrinelloITA Bye
Match #3 Yankiel LeónCUB Bye
Match #4 Kanat AbutalipovKAZ Bye
Match #5 Han Sun-CheolKOR Bye
Match #6 Héctor ManzanillaVEN Issah SamirGHA Decision (13 - 10)
Match #7 Bruno JulieMRI Emanuel NketuLES Decision (17 - 8)
Match #8 Khurshid TodzhiboyevUZB Rustam RahimovGER Decision (11 - 2)
Match #9 Gu YuCHN Joe MurrayGBR Decision (17 - 7)
Match #10 Vaeceslav GojanMDA Khavazhi KhatsihauBLR Decision (1 - 1)
Match #11 Sergey VodopyanovRUS McJoe ArroyoPUR Decision (10 - 5)
Match #12 Akhil KumarIND Ali HallabFRA Decision (12 - 5)
Match #13 Khumiso IkgopolengBOT Luke BoydAUS Decision (18 - 8)
Match #14 Hicham MesbahiMAR Jonathan RomeroCOL Decision (11 - 3)
Match #15 John Joe NevinIRL Abdelhalim OurradiALG Decision (9 - 4)
Match #16 Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGL Óscar ValdezMEX Decision (15 - 4)

Round Two (15 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Worapoj PetchkoomTHA Vittorio ParrinelloITA Decision (12 - 1)
Match #2 Yankiel LeónCUB Kanat AbutalipovKAZ Decision (10 - 3)
Match #3 Héctor ManzanillaVEN Han Sun-CheolKOR Decision (17 - 6)
Match #4 Bruno JulieMRI Khurshid TodzhiboyevUZB Decision (16 - 4)
Match #5 Vaeceslav GojanMDA Gu YuCHN Decision (13 - 6)
Match #6 Akhil KumarIND Sergey VodopyanovRUS Decision (9 - 9)
Match #7 2 Khumiso IkgopolengBOT Hicham MesbahiMAR 3Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 4, 0:32)
Match #8 Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGL John Joe NevinIRL Decision (9 - 2)

Quarter-Finals (18 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Yankiel LeónCUB Worapoj PetchkoomTHA Decision (10 - 2)
Match #2 Bruno JulieMRI Héctor ManzanillaVEN Decision (13 - 9)
Match #3 Vaeceslav GojanMDA Akhil KumarIND Decision (10 - 3)
Match #4 Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGL Khumiso IkgopolengBOT Decision (15 - 2)

Semi-Finals (22 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Referee (Match #1)Mykola KarakulovUKR
Judge #1 (Match #1)Berikbol KassymkanovKAZ
Judge #2 (Match #1)Peter DorkoHUN
Judge #3 (Match #1)Wang JiaboCHN
Judge #4 (Match #1)William PhillipsGBR
Judge #5 (Match #1)Artit SomchaiTHA
Referee (Match #2)Pierre ChiassonCAN
Judge #1 (Match #2)Yevgeny SudakovRUS
Judge #2 (Match #2)James McNallyUSA
Judge #3 (Match #2)Mthawduzo Michael MorokaBOT
Judge #4 (Match #2)Armando CarbonellCOL
Judge #5 (Match #2)Li QingshengCHN
Match #1 Yankiel LeónCUB Bruno JulieMRI Decision (7 - 5)
Match #2 Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGL Vaeceslav GojanMDA Decision (15 - 2)

Final Round (24 August 2008)

Referee (Match 1/2)Mykola KarakulovUKR
Judge #1 (Match 1/2)Hassen BoughalmiTUN
Judge #2 (Match 1/2)Wang JiaboCHN
Judge #3 (Match 1/2)Anatoli KaigorodovMDA
Judge #4 (Match 1/2)Benny NaesmanSWE
Judge #5 (Match 1/2)Armando CarbonellCOL
Match 1/2 Enkhbatyn Badar-UuganMGL Yankiel LeónCUB Decision (16 - 5)