| Event type

Light-Flyweight (≤49 kilograms), Men

Date31 July – 11 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants26 from 26 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The 2008 Olympic champion Zou Shiming arrived in London having won every major championship he had contested since 2007. The only question mark against him was his age – at 31 he was considered ancient for a light-flyweight. As it turned out London was kind to the more experienced boxers and, at 26, Irishman Paddy Barnes was the youngster amongst the semi-finalists.

Barnes had been shut out by Zou in the semi-finals at Beijing but in London he fought the title holder to a hugely entertaining 15-15 tie before losing on countback. The other semi saw an upset as the Thai soldier Kaeo Pongprayoon comfortably disposed of David Ayrapetyan of Russia.

Pongprayoon appeared to have the better of Zhou in the final but, in a messy bout where both men were warned for negative tactics, the Chinese fighter retained his Olympic title by 13-10. A chorus of booing greeted the decision.

1Zou ShimingCHNGold
2Kaew PongprayoonTHASilver
=3Paddy BarnesIRLBronze
=3David AyrapetyanRUSBronze
=5Birzhan ZhakypovKAZ
=5Devendro Singh LaishramIND
=5Ferhat PehlivanTUR
=5Aleksandar AleksandrovBUL
=9Yosbany VeitíaCUB
=9Mark BarrigaPHI
=9Thomas EssombaCMR
=9Pürevdorjiin SerdambaMGL
=9Jantony OrtizPUR
=9Ramy HilmiEGY
=9Carlos QuipoECU
=9Sin Jong-HunKOR
=17Billy WardAUS
=17Manuel CappaiITA
=17Jérémy BeccuFRA
=17Abdelali DaraaMAR
=17Bayron MolinaHON
=17Suleimana TettehGHA
=17Carlos SuarezTTO
=17Kelvin de la NieveESP
=17Mohamed FlissiALG
=17Juliano MáquinaMOZ

Round One

Date31 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #131 JulZou ShimingCHN
Match #231 JulYosbany VeitíaCUBDecisionBilly WardAUS
Match #331 JulMark BarrigaPHIDecisionManuel CappaiITA
Match #431 JulBirzhan ZhakypovKAZDecisionJérémy BeccuFRA
Match #531 JulPaddy BarnesIRL
Match #631 JulThomas EssombaCMRDecisionAbdelali DaraaMAR
Match #731 JulDevendro Singh LaishramINDReferee stops contestBayron MolinaHON
Match #831 JulPürevdorjiin SerdambaMGL
Match #931 JulDavid AyrapetyanRUS
Match #1031 JulJantony OrtizPURDecisionSuleimana TettehGHA
Match #1131 JulFerhat PehlivanTURDecisionCarlos SuarezTTO
Match #1231 JulRamy HilmiEGY
Match #1331 JulCarlos QuipoECUDecisionKelvin de la NieveESP
Match #1431 JulKaew PongprayoonTHADecisionMohamed FlissiALG
Match #1531 JulAleksandar AleksandrovBULDecisionJuliano MáquinaMOZ
Match #1631 JulSin Jong-HunKOR

Round Two

Date4 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #104 AugZou ShimingCHNDecisionYosbany VeitíaCUB
Match #204 AugBirzhan ZhakypovKAZDecisionMark BarrigaPHI
Match #304 AugPaddy BarnesIRLDecisionThomas EssombaCMR
Match #404 AugDevendro Singh LaishramINDDecisionPürevdorjiin SerdambaMGL
Match #504 AugDavid AyrapetyanRUSDecisionJantony OrtizPUR
Match #604 AugFerhat PehlivanTURDecisionRamy HilmiEGY
Match #704 AugKaew PongprayoonTHADecisionCarlos QuipoECU
Match #804 AugAleksandar AleksandrovBULDecisionSin Jong-HunKOR


Date8 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #108 AugZou ShimingCHNDecisionBirzhan ZhakypovKAZ
Match #208 AugPaddy BarnesIRLDecisionDevendro Singh LaishramIND
Match #308 AugDavid AyrapetyanRUSDecisionFerhat PehlivanTUR
Match #408 AugKaew PongprayoonTHADecisionAleksandar AleksandrovBUL


Date10 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #110 AugZou ShimingCHNDecisionPaddy BarnesIRL
Match #210 AugKaew PongprayoonTHADecisionDavid AyrapetyanRUS

Final Round

Date11 August 2012
Match 1/211 AugZou ShimingCHNDecisionKaew PongprayoonTHA