| Event type

Heavyweight (>80 kilograms), Men

Date23 August 2008
LocationBeijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

The final came down to the 2004 silver medalist, Greece’s Alexandros Nikolaidis, against the unknown Korean, Cha Dong-Min. But as they prepared for their match, Cuba’s Ángel Matos, the 2000 welterweight gold medalist, faced Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov, 2007 World Championship middleweight bronze medalist, for a bronze medal. Matos led late in the second round, when he took an injury time-out. But while recovering, he was disqualified by Swedish referee Chakir Chelbat, who felt that Matos had taken too much time. This was not well received by Matos or his coach, Leodis González, who vociferously protested the call. Matos then kicked Chelbat in the face before he had to be escorted out by security. Matos’s disqualification was upheld, and he and his coach were further given lifetime bans from the sport for their behavior.

After that episode the final was anticlimactic. Nikolaidis took an early lead, but Cha evened the match in the final round and then won the gold medal with a late kick. Although Cha was unknown in 2008, he won a World Championship silver as a middleweight in 2011, and won titles in heavyweight at the 2009 East Asian Games and the 2012 Asian Championships.

1Cha Dong-MinKORGold
2Alexandros NikolaidisGRESilver
=3Arman ChilmanovKAZBronze
=3Chika ChukwumerijeNGRBronze
5Akmal ErgashevUZB
=6Kristopher MoitlandCRC
=6Abdelkader ZrouriMAR
=8Daba Modibo KeïtaMLI
=8Liu XiaoboCHN
=10Leonardo BasileITA
=10Matt BeachNZL
=10Mickaël BorotFRA
=10Juan DíazVEN
=10Jon GarcíaESP
=10Nguyễn Văn HùngVIE
DQÁngel MatosCUB1

Round One

Date23 August 2008 — 11:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #123 Aug 11:00Chika ChukwumerijeNGRFinal scoreNguyễn Văn HùngVIE
Match #223 Aug 11:15Daba Modibo KeïtaMLIFinal scoreMickaël BorotFRA
Match #323 Aug 11:30Alexandros NikolaidisGREFinal scoreArman ChilmanovKAZ
Match #423 Aug 11:45Abdelkader ZrouriMARKnock-outJuan DíazVEN
Match #523 Aug 12:00Liu XiaoboCHNFinal scoreMatt BeachNZL
Match #623 Aug 12:15Ángel MatosCUBFinal scoreLeonardo BasileITA
Match #723 Aug 12:30Akmal ErgashevUZBFinal scoreJon GarcíaESP
Match #823 Aug 12:45Cha Dong-MinKORFinal scoreKristopher MoitlandCRC


Date23 August 2008 — 16:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #123 Aug 16:00Chika ChukwumerijeNGRFinal scoreDaba Modibo KeïtaMLI
Match #223 Aug 16:15Alexandros NikolaidisGREFinal scoreAbdelkader ZrouriMAR
Match #323 Aug 16:30Ángel MatosCUBFinal scoreLiu XiaoboCHN
Match #423 Aug 16:45Cha Dong-MinKORFinal scoreAkmal ErgashevUZB


Date23 August 2008 — 17:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
Match #123 Aug 17:30Alexandros NikolaidisGREFinal scoreChika ChukwumerijeNGR
Match #223 Aug 17:45Cha Dong-MinKORFinal scoreÁngel MatosCUB

Repêchage Round One

Date23 August 2008 — 18:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
Match #123 AugChika ChukwumerijeNGR
Match #223 Aug 18:30Akmal ErgashevUZBFinal scoreKristopher MoitlandCRC
Match #323 Aug 18:45Arman ChilmanovKAZRetiredAbdelkader ZrouriMAR
Match #423 AugÁngel MatosCUB

Final Round

Date23 August 2008 — 20:15
Match 1/223 Aug 20:15Cha Dong-MinKORFinal scoreAlexandros NikolaidisGRE
Match 3/523 Aug 19:30Chika ChukwumerijeNGRFinal scoreAkmal ErgashevUZB
Match 3/523 Aug 19:45Arman ChilmanovKAZDisqualifiedÁngel MatosCUB