| Event type

Heavyweight (≤91 kilograms), Men

Date18 – 28 August 2004
LocationOlympiako Gymnastirio Pygmakhias Peristeriou, Peristeri
Participants15 from 15 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

After a decade as undisputedly the best amateur heavyweight in the world it was the age restrictions set in place by the AIBA that eventually dethroned Félix Savón rather than any opponent. Though Savon had retired Cuba still remained in a strong position with a top contender in the shape of his successor Odlanier Solís. Solis and his main rival, [Aleksandr Alekseyev] of Russia, had the misfortune to be drawn together in the first round of the Olympic tournament and when the Cuban outpointed his opponent in a rematch of the previous year’s world final his hardest task had already been achieved.

He pummelled his next two opponents into submission before earning a clear points decision over Viktor Zuyev of Belarus to clinch the gold medal.

Solis was another of the horde of top Cuban fighters to defect when he, along with fellow Olympic champions Yan Barthelemí and Yuriorkis Gamboa slipped away from a training camp in Venezuela in late 2006. Basing himself in Germany, he won 17 successive professional fights before he lost an attempt on the world heavyweight title which was ended by a freak knee injury.

1Odlanier SolísCUBGold
2Viktar ZuyeuBLRSilver
=3Naser Al ShamiSYRBronze
=3Mohamed El-SayedEGYBronze
=5Wilmer José VásquezVEN
=5Vüqar Mursal ƏləkbərovAZE
=5Devin VargasUSA
=5Adam ForsythAUS
=9Aleksandr AlekseyevRUS
=9Emmanuel IzonriteiNGR
=9Spyros KladouchasGRE
=9Rachid El-HaddakMAR
=9Daniel BettiITA
=9Igor AlborovUZB
=9Vedran ĐipaloCRO
DNSErtuğrul ErgezenTUR

Round One

Date18 August 2004
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #118 Aug 15:21Odlanier SolísCUBDecisionAleksandr AlekseyevRUS
Match #218 Aug 15:37Wilmer José VásquezVENWalkoverErtuğrul ErgezenTUR
Match #318 Aug 15:40Naser Al ShamiSYRDecisionEmmanuel IzonriteiNGR
Match #418 Aug 15:56Vüqar Mursal ƏləkbərovAZEDecisionSpyros KladouchasGRE
Match #518 Aug 16:15Devin VargasUSAReferee stops contest (outscored)Rachid El-HaddakMAR
Match #618 Aug 16:27Viktar ZuyeuBLRReferee stops contest (injured)Daniel BettiITA
Match #718 Aug 16:38Mohamed El-SayedEGYDecisionIgor AlborovUZB
Match #818 Aug 16:54Adam ForsythAUSDecisionVedran ĐipaloCRO


Date22 August 2004
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #122 Aug 21:49Odlanier SolísCUBDecisionWilmer José VásquezVEN
Match #222 Aug 22:06Naser Al ShamiSYRDisqualifiedVüqar Mursal ƏləkbərovAZE
Match #322 Aug 22:25Viktar ZuyeuBLRDecisionDevin VargasUSA
Match #422 Aug 22:41Mohamed El-SayedEGYDecisionAdam ForsythAUS


Date27 August 2004
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #127 Aug 15:46Odlanier SolísCUBReferee stops contest (outscored)Naser Al ShamiSYR
Match #227 Aug 16:01Viktar ZuyeuBLRWalkoverMohamed El-SayedEGY

Final Round

Date28 August 2004
Match 1/228 Aug 21:57Odlanier SolísCUBDecisionViktar ZuyeuBLR