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Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date14 – 28 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Gymnastirio Pygmakhias Peristeriou, Peristeri
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The traditional superpowers of boxing, Cuba, Russia and the USA, all had strong contenders for the Olympic title in Athens but the clear favourite was the man who had spearheaded Kazakhstan’s emergence as one of the powerhouses of the sport – world champion Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin had a remarkable record in the amateur ranks and at the start of the Athens games had only lost 3 of his 300+ fights. After an untroubled run to the semi-finals he saw off the challenge of the fancied American Andre Dirrell to set up a meeting with Sydney Olympic finalist Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov of Russia for the gold medal. Gaydarebekov had recently won the European Championships at the middleweight limit but it was still a surprise when he recovered from a four-point deficit at the end of the 1st round to dominate the last half of the fight and become the 1st Russian to win gold in the this division since [Vyacheslav Lemeshev] won for the Soviet Union in 1972. This was the high point of Gaydarebekov’s career and he drifted into retirement shortly after the Games ended. Golovkin suffered a shock defeat at the 2005 World Championships and afterwards decided to embark on a career as a professional. By 2013 he was established as one of the stars of the sport and has held the WBA world title since 2010.

PosBoxerNOC
1Gaydarbek GaydarbekovRUSGold
2Gennady GolovkinKAZSilver
=3Andre DirrellUSABronze
=3Suriya PrasathinphimaiTHABronze
=5Ramadan YasserEGY
=5Yordanis DespaigneCUB
=5Hassan N'Dam N'JikamCMR
=5Oleh MashkinUKR
=9Ahmed Ali KhanPAK
=9Marian SimionROU
=9Nabil KasselALG
=9Károly BalzsayHUN
=9Sherzod AbdurahmonovUZB
=9Andy LeeIRL
=9Cavid TağıyevAZE
=9Lukas WilaschekGER
=17Glaucélio AbreuBRA
=17Ha DabateerCHN
=17Jean PascalCAN
=17Mohammed SahraouiTUN
=17Christopher CamatPHI
=17Sedat ÜstünerTUR
=17Alfredo AnguloMEX
=17Juan José UbaldoDOM
=17Georgios GazisGRE
=17Joseph LubegaUGA
=17Jamie PittmanAUS
=17Khotso Godfrey MotauRSA

Round One (14 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Ahmed Ali KhanPAK Bye
Match #2 Gennady GolovkinKAZ Bye
Match #3 Ramadan YasserEGY Bye
Match #4 Marian SimionROU Bye
Match #5 Nabil KasselALG Glaucélio AbreuBRA Decision (41 - 36)
Match #6 Andre DirrellUSA Ha DabateerCHN Decision (25 - 18)
Match #7 Yordanis DespaigneCUB Jean PascalCAN Decision (36 - 24)
Match #8 Károly BalzsayHUN Mohammed SahraouiTUN Decision (29 - 24)
Match #9 Gaydarbek GaydarbekovRUS Christopher CamatPHI Decision (35 - 13)
Match #10 Sherzod AbdurahmonovUZB Sedat ÜstünerTUR Decision (34 - 16)
Match #11 Andy LeeIRL Alfredo AnguloMEX Decision (38 - 23)
Match #12 Hassan N'Dam N'JikamCMR Juan José UbaldoDOM Decision (22 - 22)
Match #13 Cavid TağıyevAZE Georgios GazisGRE Decision (32 - 31)
Match #14 Suriya PrasathinphimaiTHA Joseph LubegaUGA Decision (30 - 21)
Match #15 Lukas WilaschekGER Jamie PittmanAUS Decision (24 - 23)
Match #16 Oleh MashkinUKR Khotso Godfrey MotauRSA Decision (25 - 22)

Round Two (21 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Gennady GolovkinKAZ Ahmed Ali KhanPAK Decision (31 - 10)
Match #2 Ramadan YasserEGY Marian SimionROU Decision (36 - 24)
Match #3 Andre DirrellUSA Nabil KasselALG Referee Stops Contest (Outscored) (Round 2, 1:59)
Match #4 Yordanis DespaigneCUB Károly BalzsayHUN Decision (38 - 25)
Match #5 Gaydarbek GaydarbekovRUS Sherzod AbdurahmonovUZB Decision (33 - 19)
Match #6 Hassan N'Dam N'JikamCMR Andy LeeIRL Decision (27 - 27)
Match #7 Suriya PrasathinphimaiTHA Cavid TağıyevAZE Decision (19 - 19)
Match #8 Oleh MashkinUKR Lukas WilaschekGER Decision (34 - 24)

Quarter-Finals (25 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Gennady GolovkinKAZ Ramadan YasserEGY Decision (31 - 20)
Match #2 Andre DirrellUSA Yordanis DespaigneCUB Decision (12 - 11)
Match #3 Gaydarbek GaydarbekovRUS Hassan N'Dam N'JikamCMR Decision (26 - 13)
Match #4 Suriya PrasathinphimaiTHA Oleh MashkinUKR Decision (28 - 22)

Semi-Finals (27 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Gennady GolovkinKAZ Andre DirrellUSA Decision (23 - 18)
Match #2 Gaydarbek GaydarbekovRUS Suriya PrasathinphimaiTHA Decision (24 - 18)

Final Round (28 August 2004)

Match 1/2 Gaydarbek GaydarbekovRUS Gennady GolovkinKAZ Decision (28 - 18)