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Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date9 – 23 August 2008
StatusOlympic
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.

PosBoxerNOC
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 (9 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Alfonso BlancoVEN Bye
Match #2 Argenis NúñezDOM Bye
Match #3 Darren SutherlandIRL Bye
Match #4 Nabil KasselALG Bye
Match #5 Matvey KorobovRUS Naim TerbunjaSWE Decision (18 - 6)
Match #6 Bakhtiyar ArtayevKAZ Said RachidiMAR Decision (8 - 2)
Match #7 James DeGaleGBR Mohamed HikalEGY Decision (13 - 4)
Match #8 Shawn EstradaUSA Ezequiel MadernaARG Decision (10 - 2)
Match #9 Andranik HakobyanARM Ahmed SarakuGHA Decision (14 - 8)
Match #10 Elshod RasulovUZB Jean Mickaël RaymondFRA Decision (8 - 2)
Match #11 Emilio Correa, Jr.CUB Jarrod FletcherAUS Decision (17 - 4)
Match #12 Serhiy Derev'ianchenkoUKR Wang JianchengCHN Decision (15 - 6)
Match #13 Carlos GóngoraECU Konstantin BugaGER Decision (14 - 7)
Match #14 Georgios GazisGRE Herry Saliku BiembeCOD Decision (7 - 2)
Match #15 Angkhan ChomphuphuangTHA Jo Deok-JinKOR Decision (9 - 3)
Match #16 Vijender SinghIND Badou JackGAM Decision (13 - 2)

Round Two (16 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Alfonso BlancoVEN Argenis NúñezDOM Decision (18 - 7)
Match #2 Darren SutherlandIRL Nabil KasselALG Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 4, 1:56)
Match #3 Bakhtiyar ArtayevKAZ Matvey KorobovRUS Decision (10 - 7)
Match #4 James DeGaleGBR Shawn EstradaUSA Decision (11 - 5)
Match #5 1 Elshod RasulovUZB Andranik HakobyanARM 2Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 4, 0:21)
Match #6 Emilio Correa, Jr.CUB Serhiy Derev'ianchenkoUKR Decision (18 - 4)
Match #7 Carlos GóngoraECU Georgios GazisGRE Decision (12 - 1)
Match #8 Vijender SinghIND Angkhan ChomphuphuangTHA Decision (13 - 3)

Quarter-Finals (20 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Darren SutherlandIRL Alfonso BlancoVEN Decision (11 - 1)
Match #2 James DeGaleGBR Bakhtiyar ArtayevKAZ Decision (8 - 3)
Match #3 Emilio Correa, Jr.CUB Elshod RasulovUZB Decision (9 - 7)
Match #4 Vijender SinghIND Carlos GóngoraECU Decision (9 - 4)

Semi-Finals (22 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Referee (Match #1)Li QingshengCHN
Judge #1 (Match #1)Marek PodsiadloPOL
Judge #2 (Match #1)Hassen BoughalmiTUN
Judge #3 (Match #1)Roberto ServideARG
Judge #4 (Match #1)Mohamad ZhrhSYR
Judge #5 (Match #1)Mykola KarakulovUKR
Referee (Match #2)Marek PodsiadloPOL
Judge #1 (Match #2)Anatoli KaigorodovMDA
Judge #2 (Match #2)Peter DorkoHUN
Judge #3 (Match #2)Mohamad ZhrhSYR
Judge #4 (Match #2)Wayne RoseAUS
Judge #5 (Match #2)Pierre ChiassonCAN
Match #1 James DeGaleGBR Darren SutherlandIRL Decision (10 - 3)
Match #2 Emilio Correa, Jr.CUB Vijender SinghIND Decision (8 - 5)

Final Round (23 August 2008)

Referee (Match 1/2)Kim Jae-BongKOR
Judge #1 (Match 1/2)Roberto ServideARG
Judge #2 (Match 1/2)Artit SomchaiTHA
Judge #3 (Match 1/2)Hassen BoughalmiTUN
Judge #4 (Match 1/2)Berikbol KassymkanovKAZ
Judge #5 (Match 1/2)Benny NaesmanSWE
Match 1/2 James DeGaleGBR Emilio Correa, Jr.CUB Decision (16 - 14)