|Date||19 September – 1 October 2000|
|Location||Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Participants||28 from 28 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament.|
The favorite in this class was someone who had not fought much at this weight, Juan Hernández of Cuba. Hernández was a silver medalist at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics as a welterweight, and was World Champion in 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1999, also winning Pan American Games gold medals in 1991 and 1999. He was expected to be challenged by the 1999 World Champion in this class, Romania’s Marian Simion. But another top fighter was Kazakhstan’s Yermakhan Ibraimov, bronze medalist in 1996, and bronze medalist at the 1999 World Championships, and silver medalist in 1997.
Ibraimov and Hernández met in the quarter-finals with Ibraimov winning a comfortable decision, 16-9. He then defeated American Jermain Taylor in the semis to make it to the finals against Simion. The final was very close, with Ibraimov winning 25-23 for the gold medal.
Simion came from Romania’s top boxing family. His father Gheorghe Simion competed at the 1984 Olympics, and his brother, Dorel Simion won a welterweight bronze medal in Sydney. Jermain Taylor turned professional and moved to the top ranks, winning all the major middleweight crowns in 2005 when he defeated Bernard Hopkins.
|5||Juan Hernández Sierra||CUB|
|=9||José Luis Zertuche||MEX|
|=9||Mohamed Salah Marmouri||TUN|
|=17||Ciro Di Corcia||ITA|
|=17||Juan José Ubaldo||DOM|
|=17||Sakio Bika Mbah||CMR|
|=17||Stéphane N'Zue Mba||GAB|
Winner of each match advanced to the second round.
|Match #1||Mohamed Hikal||EGY||Bye|
|Match #2||Song In-Jun||KOR||Bye|
|Match #3||Pornchai Thongburan||THA||Bye|
|Match #4||Károly Balzsay||HUN||Bye|
|Match #5||Frédéric Esther||FRA||Andrey Mishin||RUS||Decision (16 - 11)|
|Match #6||Fırat Karagöllü||TUR||Michael Roche||IRL||Decision (17 - 4)|
|Match #7 1||José Luis Zertuche||MEX 2||Sidy Sandy||GUI||Referee Stops Contest (Round 4, 1:59)|
|Match #8||Marian Simion||ROU||Ciro Di Corcia||ITA||Decision (19 - 8)|
|Match #9||Juan Hernández Sierra||CUB||Stéphane N'Zue Mba||GAB||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 1:32)|
|Match #10||Mohamed Salah Marmouri||TUN||Adama Osumanu||GHA||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 2, 1:35)|
|Match #11||Yermakhan Ibraimov||KAZ||Yousif Massas||SYR||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 1:03)|
|Match #12||Hely Yanes||VEN||Nurbek Kasenov||KGZ||Decision (20 - 12)|
|Match #13||Jermain Taylor||USA||Dmitry Usagin||BUL||Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:50)|
|Match #14||Scott MacIntosh||CAN||Sakio Bika Mbah||CMR||Decision (8 - 5)|
|Match #15||Richard Rowles||AUS||Juan José Ubaldo||DOM||Decision (16 - 7)|
|Match #16||Adnan Ćatić||GER||Dilshod Yarbekov||UZB||Decision (10 - 6)|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Mohamed Hikal||EGY||Song In-Jun||KOR||Decision (16 - 5)|
|Match #2||Pornchai Thongburan||THA||Károly Balzsay||HUN||Decision (17 - 12)|
|Match #3||Frédéric Esther||FRA||Fırat Karagöllü||TUR||Decision (18 - 16)|
|Match #4||Marian Simion||ROU||José Luis Zertuche||MEX||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 1:17)|
|Match #5||Juan Hernández Sierra||CUB||Mohamed Salah Marmouri||TUN||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 1:30)|
|Match #6||Yermakhan Ibraimov||KAZ||Hely Yanes||VEN||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 1:31)|
|Match #7||Jermain Taylor||USA||Scott MacIntosh||CAN||Decision (23 - 9)|
|Match #8||Adnan Ćatić||GER||Richard Rowles||AUS||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 1:38)|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Pornchai Thongburan||THA||Mohamed Hikal||EGY||Decision (15 - 9)|
|Match #2||Marian Simion||ROU||Frédéric Esther||FRA||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 0:15)|
|Match #3||Yermakhan Ibraimov||KAZ||Juan Hernández Sierra||CUB||Decision (16 - 9)|
|Match #4||Jermain Taylor||USA||Adnan Ćatić||GER||Decision (19 - 14)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final match.
|Match #1||Marian Simion||ROU||Pornchai Thongburan||THA||Decision (26 - 16)|
|Match #2||Yermakhan Ibraimov||KAZ||Jermain Taylor||USA||Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 4, 0:08)|
|Match 1/2||Yermakhan Ibraimov||KAZ||Marian Simion||ROU||Decision (25 - 23)|