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Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date9 – 23 August 2008
LocationBeijing Gongren Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The favorite was Matvey Korobov of Russia, World Champion in 2005 and 2007. But he went out in the third round to Kazakh Bakhtiyar Artayev, the 2004 Olympic welterweight champion. In turn, Artayev lost his next match to Britain’s James DeGale, silver medalist at the 2006 Europeans. Next for DeGale was his nemesis, Darren Sutherland of Ireland, who had won four of five previous bouts against DeGale. But he lost this one, DeGale winning 10-3 to move onto the finals. There he met Cuban Emilio Correa, 2007 Pan American Champion, and bronze medalist in this class at the 2005 Worlds.

The final was very close, with DeGale moving ahead early and holding on to win by a 16-14 decision. The margin was the two points Correa was penalized in the first round for biting. After the Olympics DeGale turned professional, posting a record of 12 wins and 1 loss thru April 2012. Correa’s silver medal continued the Cuban gold medal shutout in Beijing, as 2008 would mark the first time since 1968 that no Cuban won a boxing gold medal, as they won “only” four silvers and four bronzes.

1James DeGaleGBRGold
2Emilio Correa, Jr.CUBSilver
=3Darren SutherlandIRLBronze
=3Vijender SinghINDBronze
=5Alfonso BlancoVEN
=5Bakhtiyar ArtayevKAZ
=5Elshod RasulovUZB
=5Carlos GóngoraECU
=9Argenis NúñezDOM
=9Nabil KasselALG
=9Matvey KorobovRUS
=9Shawn EstradaUSA
=9Andranik HakobyanARM
=9Serhiy Derev'ianchenkoUKR
=9Georgios GazisGRE
=9Angkhan ChomphuphuangTHA
=17Naim TerbunjaSWE
=17Said RachidiMAR
=17Mohamed HikalEGY
=17Ezequiel MadernaARG
=17Ahmed SarakuGHA
=17Jean Mickaël RaymondFRA
=17Jarrod FletcherAUS
=17Wang JianchengCHN
=17Konstantin BugaGER
=17Herry Saliku BiembeCOD
=17Jo Deok-JinKOR
=17Badou JackGAM

Round One

Date9 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #109 AugAlfonso BlancoVEN
Match #209 AugArgenis NúñezDOM
Match #309 AugDarren SutherlandIRL
Match #409 AugNabil KasselALG
Match #509 Aug 13:30Matvey KorobovRUSDecisionNaim TerbunjaSWE
Match #609 Aug 13:45Bakhtiyar ArtayevKAZDecisionSaid RachidiMAR
Match #709 Aug 14:00James DeGaleGBRDecisionMohamed HikalEGY
Match #809 Aug 14:15Shawn EstradaUSADecisionEzequiel MadernaARG
Match #909 Aug 14:30Andranik HakobyanARMDecisionAhmed SarakuGHA
Match #1009 Aug 14:45Elshod RasulovUZBDecisionJean Mickaël RaymondFRA
Match #1109 Aug 19:00Emilio Correa, Jr.CUBDecisionJarrod FletcherAUS
Match #1209 Aug 19:15Serhiy Derev'ianchenkoUKRDecisionWang JianchengCHN
Match #1309 Aug 19:30Carlos GóngoraECUDecisionKonstantin BugaGER
Match #1409 Aug 19:45Georgios GazisGREDecisionHerry Saliku BiembeCOD
Match #1509 Aug 20:00Angkhan ChomphuphuangTHADecisionJo Deok-JinKOR
Match #1609 Aug 20:15Vijender SinghINDDecisionBadou JackGAM

Round Two

Date16 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #116 Aug 15:30Alfonso BlancoVENDecisionArgenis NúñezDOM
Match #216 Aug 15:45Darren SutherlandIRLReferee stops contest (head blow)Nabil KasselALG
Match #316 Aug 16:00Bakhtiyar ArtayevKAZDecisionMatvey KorobovRUS
Match #416 Aug 16:15James DeGaleGBRDecisionShawn EstradaUSA
Match #516 Aug 21:00Elshod RasulovUZBReferee stops contest (injured)Andranik HakobyanARM
Match #616 Aug 21:15Emilio Correa, Jr.CUBDecisionSerhiy Derev'ianchenkoUKR
Match #716 Aug 21:30Carlos GóngoraECUDecisionGeorgios GazisGRE
Match #816 Aug 21:45Vijender SinghINDDecisionAngkhan ChomphuphuangTHA


Date20 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #120 Aug 20:00Darren SutherlandIRLDecisionAlfonso BlancoVEN
Match #220 Aug 20:15James DeGaleGBRDecisionBakhtiyar ArtayevKAZ
Match #320 Aug 20:30Emilio Correa, Jr.CUBDecisionElshod RasulovUZB
Match #420 Aug 20:45Vijender SinghINDDecisionCarlos GóngoraECU


Date22 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #122 Aug 15:00James DeGaleGBRDecisionDarren SutherlandIRL
Match #222 Aug 15:15Emilio Correa, Jr.CUBDecisionVijender SinghIND

Final Round

Date23 August 2008
Match 1/223 Aug 20:45James DeGaleGBRDecisionEmilio Correa, Jr.CUB