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Bantamweight (≤56 kilograms), Men

Date28 July – 11 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants27 from 27 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Lázaro Álvarez of Cuba was the reigning world champion and the favourite for the Olympic title but he faced a strong challenge from home favourite Luke Campbell who had pushed him hard in the 2011 World Championship final. Also rated highly were Məhəmməd Əbdülhəmidov of Azerbaijan and Ireland’s John Joe Nevin. The first of the four to fall was Əbdülhəmidov albeit in bizarre circumstances. The Azeri was declared the victor over Satoshi Shimizu of Japan by 22-17 despite falling to the canvas on six occasions in the final round. He was allowed to continue fighting each time by the referee from Turkmenistan but on appeal the AIBA ruled that at least three of the knockdowns were legitimate under the rules and should have forced an automatic victory for the Japanese fighter. The referee was barred from any further appearances at London 2012 for his performance.

Shimizu progressed to the last four where he fell to Campbell while the other semi-final produced an upset when Nevin gave a virtuoso performance to befuddle Álvarez on the way to a clear victory. With strong support within the venue for both men, the final was a close one for the first two rounds before the Briton drew away in the third and scored a knockdown during the round. Campbell was the first British boxer to win gold at bantamweight since 1908.

PosBoxerNOC
1Luke CampbellGBRGold
2John Joe NevinIRLSilver
=3Lázaro ÁlvarezCUBBronze
=3Satoshi ShimizuJPNBronze
=5Robenílson de JesusBRA
=5Óscar ValdezMEX
=5Detelin DalaklievBUL
=5Mohamed OuadahiALG
=9Joseph Diaz, Jr.USA
=9Sergey VodopyanovRUS
=9Kanat AbutalipovKAZ
=9Anvar YunusovTJK
=9Vittorio ParrinelloITA
=9Ibrahim BallaAUS
=9William EncarnaciónDOM
=9Məhəmməd ƏbdülhəmidovAZE
=17Pavlo IshchenkoUKR
=17Alberto MeliánARG
=17Orzubek ShaimovUZB
=17Dennis CeylanDEN
=17Wessam SlamanaSYR
=17Shiva ThapaIND
=17Jonas MatheusNAM
=17Aboubakr Seddik LbidaMAR
=17Ayabonga SonjicaRSA
=17Roméo LemboumbaGAB
=17Isaac DogboeGHA
DNSMerab TurkadzeGEO1

Round One (28 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Lázaro ÁlvarezCUB Bye
Match #2 Joseph Diaz, Jr.USA Pavlo IshchenkoUKR Decision (19 - 9)
Match #3 Sergey VodopyanovRUS Alberto MeliánARG Decision (12 - 5)
Match #4 Robenílson de JesusBRA Orzubek ShaimovUZB Decision (13 - 7)
Match #5 John Joe NevinIRL Dennis CeylanDEN Decision (21 - 6)
Match #6 Kanat AbutalipovKAZ Wessam SlamanaSYR Decision (15 - 7)
Match #7 Óscar ValdezMEX Shiva ThapaIND Decision (14 - 9)
Match #8 Anvar YunusovTJK Bye
Match #9 Luke CampbellGBR Bye
Match #10 Vittorio ParrinelloITA Jonas MatheusNAM Decision (18 - 7)
Match #11 Ibrahim BallaAUS Aboubakr Seddik LbidaMAR Decision (16 - 16)
Match #12 Detelin DalaklievBUL Ayabonga SonjicaRSA Decision (15 - 6)
Match #13 Mohamed OuadahiALG Merab TurkadzeGEO Walkover
Match #14 William EncarnaciónDOM Roméo LemboumbaGAB Decision (15 - 6)
Match #15 Satoshi ShimizuJPN Isaac DogboeGHA Decision (10 - 9)
Match #16 Məhəmməd ƏbdülhəmidovAZE Bye

Round Two (1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Lázaro ÁlvarezCUB Joseph Diaz, Jr.USA Decision (21 - 15)
Match #2 Robenílson de JesusBRA Sergey VodopyanovRUS Decision (13 - 11)
Match #3 John Joe NevinIRL Kanat AbutalipovKAZ Decision (15 - 10)
Match #4 Óscar ValdezMEX Anvar YunusovTJK Decision (13 - 7)
Match #5 Luke CampbellGBR Vittorio ParrinelloITA Decision (11 - 9)
Match #6 Detelin DalaklievBUL Ibrahim BallaAUS Decision (14 - 10)
Match #7 Mohamed OuadahiALG William EncarnaciónDOM Decision (16 - 10)
Match #8 2 Satoshi ShimizuJPN 3Məhəmməd ƏbdülhəmidovAZE Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)

Quarter-Finals (5 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Lázaro ÁlvarezCUB Robenílson de JesusBRA Decision (16 - 11)
Match #2 John Joe NevinIRL Óscar ValdezMEX Decision (19 - 13)
Match #3 Luke CampbellGBR Detelin DalaklievBUL Decision (16 - 15)
Match #4 Satoshi ShimizuJPN Mohamed OuadahiALG Decision (17 - 15)

Semi-Finals (10 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 John Joe NevinIRL Lázaro ÁlvarezCUB Decision (19 - 14)
Match #2 Luke CampbellGBR Satoshi ShimizuJPN Decision (20 - 11)

Final Round (11 August 2012)

Match 1/2 Luke CampbellGBR John Joe NevinIRL Decision (14 - 11)