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Light-Welterweight (≤63.5 kilograms), Men

Date20 September – 1 October 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants27 from 27 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The 1999 World Champion was Mukhammad Kadyr Abdullayev of Uzbekistan. He had a relatively easy time getting to the final in Sydney. But in the other semi-final the United States’ Ricardo Williams faced Cuba’s Diógenes Luña in what has been described as the best bout of the 2000 Olympic boxing tournament. Luña led 29-15 after two rounds, only one point away from the bout being stopped automatically. But Williams stormed back to lead 35-31. In the fourth round, flagging from his comeback efforts, Williams held on to defeat Luña 42-41, holding on in the last 20 seconds once he had secured the lead.

At the 1999 World Championships Abdullayev had met Williams in the second round, winning 11-4. Sydney was more of the same, with Abdullayev jumping out to an early lead and maintaining it, winning the gold medal by decision, 27-20.

After the Olympics, Ricardo Williams turned pro but he had little success, never training properly. In 2005 he was arrested and convicted of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and was sentenced to three years in jail. After serving 31 months, he was released and returned to professional boxing. Abdullayev also turned professional after Sydney, with a 21-4 record through 2011. In 2005 he fought for the WBO light-welterweight world title but lost to Miguel Cotto.

PosBoxerNOC
1Mukhammad Kadyr AbdullayevUZBGold
2Ricardo Williams, Jr.USASilver
=3Diógenes LunaCUBBronze
=3Mohamed AllalouALGBronze
5Siarhei BykouskiBLR
6Aleksandr LeonovRUS
7Sven ParisITA
8Saleh KhoulefEGY
=9Ben NeequayeGHA
=9Hwang Seong-BeomKOR
=9Kay HusteGER
=9Kelson PintoBRA
=9Ajose OlusegunNGR
=9V'iacheslav SenchenkoUKR
=9Willy BlainFRA
=9Nurhan SüleymanoğluTUR
=17Ghulam ShabbirPAK
=17Henry CollinsAUS
=17Lukáš KonečnýCZE
=17Mariusz CendrowskiPOL
=17Mike StrangeCAN
=17Miguel CottoPUR
=17Fred KinuthiaKEN
=17Pongsak HrientounthongTHA
=17Romeo BrinPHI
=17Sami KhelifiTUN
=17Víctor Hugo CastroARG
DNSAnoushirvan NourianIRI1

Round One (20 September 2000 — 13:00-16:00, 19:30-22:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Willy BlainFRA Bye
Match #2 Diógenes LunaCUB Bye
Match #3 V'iacheslav SenchenkoUKR Bye
Match #4 Saleh KhoulefEGY Bye
Match #5 Ricardo Williams, Jr.USA Henry CollinsAUS Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 4, 1:26)
Match #6 Ajose OlusegunNGR Anoushirvan NourianIRI Walkover
Match #7 Hwang Seong-BeomKOR Mariusz CendrowskiPOL Decision (14 - 4)
Match #8 Aleksandr LeonovRUS Sami KhelifiTUN Decision (14 - 9)
Match #9 Kay HusteGER Víctor Hugo CastroARG Decision (5 - 3)
Match #10 Sven ParisITA Pongsak HrientounthongTHA Decision (14 - 3)
Match #11 Mohamed AllalouALG Lukáš KonečnýCZE Decision (17 - 9)
Match #12 Ben NeequayeGHA Fred KinuthiaKEN Decision (14 - 2)
Match #13 Siarhei BykouskiBLR Romeo BrinPHI Decision (8 - 5)
Match #14 Nurhan SüleymanoğluTUR Mike StrangeCAN Decision (9 - 3)
Match #15 Kelson PintoBRA Ghulam ShabbirPAK Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 4, 1:44)
Match #16 Mukhammad Kadyr AbdullayevUZB Miguel CottoPUR Decision (17 - 7)

Round Two (24 September 2000 — 13:00-16:00, 19:30-22:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Diógenes LunaCUB Willy BlainFRA Decision (25 - 14)
Match #2 Saleh KhoulefEGY V'iacheslav SenchenkoUKR Decision (19 - 16)
Match #3 Ricardo Williams, Jr.USA Ajose OlusegunNGR Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 4, 1:20)
Match #4 Aleksandr LeonovRUS Hwang Seong-BeomKOR Decision (14 - 10)
Match #5 Sven ParisITA Kay HusteGER Decision (17 - 11)
Match #6 Mohamed AllalouALG Ben NeequayeGHA Decision (15 - 6)
Match #7 Siarhei BykouskiBLR Nurhan SüleymanoğluTUR Decision (8 - 8; 40 - 38)
Match #8 Mukhammad Kadyr AbdullayevUZB Kelson PintoBRA Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 4, 1:11)

Quarter-Finals (27 September 2000 — 13:00-16:00, 19:30-22:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Diógenes LunaCUB Saleh KhoulefEGY Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 0:29)
Match #2 Ricardo Williams, Jr.USA Aleksandr LeonovRUS Decision (17 - 12)
Match #3 Mohamed AllalouALG Sven ParisITA Decision (22 - 8)
Match #4 Mukhammad Kadyr AbdullayevUZB Siarhei BykouskiBLR Decision (9 - 6)

Semi-Finals (29 September 2000 — 19:30-22:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Ricardo Williams, Jr.USA Diógenes LunaCUB Decision (42 - 41)
Match #2 Mukhammad Kadyr AbdullayevUZB Mohamed AllalouALG Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 2, 0:07)

Final Round (1 October 2000)

Match 1/2 Mukhammad Kadyr AbdullayevUZB Ricardo Williams, Jr.USA Decision (27 - 20)