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Heavyweight (≤91 kilograms), Men

Date21 – 30 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Félix Savón came to Sydney as the heaviest favorite in any boxing class. He had won the gold medal in this class in 1992 and 1996, and was World Champion in 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1997, only failing to win in 1999, when Cuban officials withdrew the entire team, in protest of controversial judging, after Savón had made the final. The 1999 title went to American Michael Bennett, who was the United States’ 2000 representative in this class. Savón’s 1997 World title was somewhat questionable as he lost in the final to Uzbeki Ruslan Chagayev, but Chagayev was disqualified when it was revealed that he fought some professional bouts in the United States. In an odd ruling in 1998 he was reinstated to the amateur ranks when the fights were declared exhibitions, and he was in Sydney.

But it mattered little. Chagayev lost in the quarter-finals, and Savón was unstoppable. He pummeled Bennett in the quarter-finals before the ref stopped the fight near the end of the third round. Savón then won two easy decisions to win his third consecutive gold medal, joining Hungary’s László Papp and his countryman, Teófilo Stevenson as the only Olympic boxers (through 2008) with three gold medals. After the victory ceremony, Savón announced his retirement.

PosBoxerNOC
1Félix SavónCUBGold
2Sultan IbragimovRUSSilver
=3Sebastian KöberGERBronze
=3Vladimir Ch'ant'uriaGEOBronze
5Michael BennettUSA
6Jackson ChanetFRA
7Mark SimmonsCAN
8Ruslan ChagayevUZB
=9Oleksandr YatsenkoUKR
=9Amrou MoustafaEGY
=9Məhəmməd AriphacıyevAZE
=9Mohamed AzzaouiALG
=9Pauga LalauSAM
=9Rasmus OjemayeNGR
=9Rohollah HusseiniIRI
=9Wojciech BartnikPOL

Round One (21 September 2000 — 13:00-16:00, 19:30-22:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Mark SimmonsCAN Rohollah HusseiniIRI Decision (11 - 6)
Match #2 Sebastian KöberGER Məhəmməd AriphacıyevAZE Decision (9 - 4)
Match #3 Félix SavónCUB Rasmus OjemayeNGR Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:29)
Match #4 Michael BennettUSA Wojciech BartnikPOL Decision (11 - 2)
Match #5 1 Vladimir Ch'ant'uriaGEO 2Amrou MoustafaEGY Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 4, 0:05)
Match #6 Ruslan ChagayevUZB Oleksandr YatsenkoUKR Decision (15 - 2)
Match #7 Jackson ChanetFRA Mohamed AzzaouiALG Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:22)
Match #8 Sultan IbragimovRUS Pauga LalauSAM Referee Stops Contest (Round 4, 1:54)

Quarter-Finals (26 September 2000 — 13:00-16:00, 19:30-22:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Sebastian KöberGER Mark SimmonsCAN Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 1:52)
Match #2 Félix SavónCUB Michael BennettUSA Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 3, 1:57)
Match #3 Vladimir Ch'ant'uriaGEO Ruslan ChagayevUZB Decision (18 - 13)
Match #4 Sultan IbragimovRUS Jackson ChanetFRA Decision (18 - 13)

Semi-Finals (28 September 2000 — 19:30-22:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Félix SavónCUB Sebastian KöberGER Decision (14 - 8)
Match #2 Sultan IbragimovRUS Vladimir Ch'ant'uriaGEO Decision (19 - 4)

Final Round (30 September 2000)

Match 1/2 Félix SavónCUB Sultan IbragimovRUS Decision (21 - 13)