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Bantamweight (≤56 kilograms), Men

Date28 July – 11 August 2012
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.

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

Date28 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #128 JulLázaro ÁlvarezCUB
Match #228 JulJoseph Diaz, Jr.USADecisionPavlo IshchenkoUKR
Match #328 JulSergey VodopyanovRUSDecisionAlberto MeliánARG
Match #428 JulRobenílson de JesusBRADecisionOrzubek ShaimovUZB
Match #528 JulJohn Joe NevinIRLDecisionDennis CeylanDEN
Match #628 JulKanat AbutalipovKAZDecisionWessam SlamanaSYR
Match #728 JulÓscar ValdezMEXDecisionShiva ThapaIND
Match #828 JulAnvar YunusovTJK
Match #928 JulLuke CampbellGBR
Match #1028 JulVittorio ParrinelloITADecisionJonas MatheusNAM
Match #1128 JulIbrahim BallaAUSDecisionAboubakr Seddik LbidaMAR
Match #1228 JulDetelin DalaklievBULDecisionAyabonga SonjicaRSA
Match #1328 JulMohamed OuadahiALGWalkoverMerab TurkadzeGEO
Match #1428 JulWilliam EncarnaciónDOMDecisionRoméo LemboumbaGAB
Match #1528 JulSatoshi ShimizuJPNDecisionIsaac DogboeGHA
Match #1628 JulMəhəmməd ƏbdülhəmidovAZE

Round Two

Date1 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #101 AugLázaro ÁlvarezCUBDecisionJoseph Diaz, Jr.USA
Match #201 AugRobenílson de JesusBRADecisionSergey VodopyanovRUS
Match #301 AugJohn Joe NevinIRLDecisionKanat AbutalipovKAZ
Match #401 AugÓscar ValdezMEXDecisionAnvar YunusovTJK
Match #501 AugLuke CampbellGBRDecisionVittorio ParrinelloITA
Match #601 AugDetelin DalaklievBULDecisionIbrahim BallaAUS
Match #701 AugMohamed OuadahiALGDecisionWilliam EncarnaciónDOM
Match #801 AugSatoshi ShimizuJPNReferee stops contestMəhəmməd ƏbdülhəmidovAZE


Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #105 AugLázaro ÁlvarezCUBDecisionRobenílson de JesusBRA
Match #205 AugJohn Joe NevinIRLDecisionÓscar ValdezMEX
Match #305 AugLuke CampbellGBRDecisionDetelin DalaklievBUL
Match #405 AugSatoshi ShimizuJPNDecisionMohamed OuadahiALG


Date10 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #110 AugJohn Joe NevinIRLDecisionLázaro ÁlvarezCUB
Match #210 AugLuke CampbellGBRDecisionSatoshi ShimizuJPN

Final Round

Date11 August 2012
Match 1/211 AugLuke CampbellGBRDecisionJohn Joe NevinIRL