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Light-Welterweight (≤64 kilograms), Men

Date10 – 23 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Gongren Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The defending champion was Thailand’s Manut Boonjumnong who was back in Beijing, after winning at the 2006 Asian Games. But he was not favored, that being the 2005 and 2007 World Champion, Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan. Unfortunately the two met in the quarter-finals, Boonjumnong advancing by decision, 7-5. He made it to the final, where he met Félix Díaz of the Dominican Republic, who had survived two very close bouts in the quarters and semis. His semi-final win over Frenchman Alexis Vastine was controversial as Vastine was twice penalized for holding, which gave the bout to Díaz, 12-10. After the semi-finals, AIBA delegate Rudel Obreja held a press conference in which he alleged that there was bias in the selection of referees. He was quickly suspended by the AIBA, who claimed they were investigating this, but nothing was ever announced concerning the problem. In the final Díaz faced Boonjumnong with Díaz winning relatively easily, 12-4, by decision. Díaz soon became an elite professional and went undefeated into the late 2010s.

PosBoxerNOC
1Félix DíazDOMGold
2Manut BoonjumnongTHASilver
=3Roniel IglesiasCUBBronze
=3Alexis VastineFRABronze
=5Serik SapiyevKAZ
=5Gennady KovalyovRUS
=5Morteza SepahvandiIRI
=5Uranchimegiin Mönkh-ErdeneMGL
=9Jonny SánchezVEN
=9Masatsugu KawachiJPN
=9Richarno ColinMRI
=9Driss MoussaidMAR
=9Johnny JoyceIRL
=9Ionuț GheorgheROU
=9Boris GeorgievBUL
=9Bradley SaundersGBR
=17Qiong MaimaitituersunCHN
=17Myke de CarvalhoBRA
=17Todd KiddAUS
=17Mahaman SmailaCMR
=17Gyula KátéHUN
=17Eduard HambardzumyanARM
=17Hamza HassineTUN
=17Jonathan GonzálezPUR
=17Hastings BwalyaZAM
=17Javier MolinaUSA
=17Samuel NeequayeGHA
=17Egidijus KavaliauskasLTU

Round One (10 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Serik SapiyevKAZ Bye
Match #2 Jonny SánchezVEN Bye
Match #3 Manut BoonjumnongTHA Bye
Match #4 Masatsugu KawachiJPN Bye
Match #5 Gennady KovalyovRUS Qiong MaimaitituersunCHN Decision (15 - 8)
Match #6 Richarno ColinMRI Myke de CarvalhoBRA Decision (15 - 11)
Match #7 Driss MoussaidMAR Todd KiddAUS Decision (23 - 2)
Match #8 Roniel IglesiasCUB Mahaman SmailaCMR Decision (15 - 1)
Match #9 Johnny JoyceIRL Gyula KátéHUN Decision (9 - 5)
Match #10 Félix DíazDOM Eduard HambardzumyanARM Decision (11 - 4)
Match #11 Morteza SepahvandiIRI Hamza HassineTUN Decision (16 - 4)
Match #12 Ionuț GheorgheROU Jonathan GonzálezPUR Decision (21 - 4)
Match #13 Uranchimegiin Mönkh-ErdeneMGL Hastings BwalyaZAM Decision (12 - 8)
Match #14 Boris GeorgievBUL Javier MolinaUSA Decision (14 - 1)
Match #15 Bradley SaundersGBR Samuel NeequayeGHA Knock Out (Round 1, 1:24)
Match #16 Alexis VastineFRA Egidijus KavaliauskasLTU Decision (13 - 2)

Round Two (14 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Serik SapiyevKAZ Jonny SánchezVEN Decision (22 - 3)
Match #2 Manut BoonjumnongTHA Masatsugu KawachiJPN Decision (8 - 1)
Match #3 Gennady KovalyovRUS Richarno ColinMRI Decision (11 - 2)
Match #4 Roniel IglesiasCUB Driss MoussaidMAR Decision (15 - 4)
Match #5 Félix DíazDOM Johnny JoyceIRL Decision (11 - 11)
Match #6 Morteza SepahvandiIRI Ionuț GheorgheROU Decision (8 - 4)
Match #7 Uranchimegiin Mönkh-ErdeneMGL Boris GeorgievBUL Decision (10 - 3)
Match #8 Alexis VastineFRA Bradley SaundersGBR Decision (11 - 7)

Quarter-Finals (17 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Manut BoonjumnongTHA Serik SapiyevKAZ Decision (7 - 5)
Match #2 Roniel IglesiasCUB Gennady KovalyovRUS Decision (5 - 2)
Match #3 Félix DíazDOM Morteza SepahvandiIRI Decision (11 - 6)
Match #4 Alexis VastineFRA Uranchimegiin Mönkh-ErdeneMGL Decision (12 - 4)

Semi-Finals (22 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Manut BoonjumnongTHA Roniel IglesiasCUB Decision (10 - 5)
Match #2 Félix DíazDOM Alexis VastineFRA Decision (12 - 10)

Final Round (23 August 2008)

Match 1/2 Félix DíazDOM Manut BoonjumnongTHA Decision (12 - 4)