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Welterweight (≤69 kilograms), Men

Date29 July – 12 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Unsurprisingly the two favourites and top seeded fighters in the welterweight division were the two men who reached the World Championship final a year earlier, Taras Shelestiuk of Ukraine and the Kazakh fighter Serik Sapiyev. Behind those two as many as a dozen other boxers had serious hopes of a medal. After a quiet first series of bouts controversy reared its’ head in the second round of fights when the result of the match-up between American Errol Spence and Vikas Krishan Yadav of India was overturned when it was decided the referee had failed to issue two warnings to the Indian fighter in the final round.

The quarter-finals also saw an outbreak of bickering over two bouts which were both decided on countback after a tie. Fred Evans, the European champion from Great Britain, scored a contentious victory over Canada’s Custio Clayton whilst Frenchman Alexis Vastine exited the ring in floods of tears when he lost an unpopular decision to Shelestiuk. Inspired by the home crowd Evans then picked up an upset victory over Shelestiuk to book a meeting with Sapiyez in the gold medal decider. Up to the final Sapiyev had been amongst the most impressive performers in the whole boxing tournament and, despite the noise emanating from the home support, he was a class above his British opponent in each of the three rounds and kept up his nations’ record of winning at least one boxing title at each Olympic Games they have attended. For his performances Sapiyev was awarded the Val Barker Trophy for the outstanding boxer of the Games.

1Serik SapiyevKAZGold
2Fred EvansGBRSilver
=3Taras ShelestiukUKRBronze
=3Andrey ZamkovoyRUSBronze
=5Alexis VastineFRA
=5Custio ClaytonCAN
=5Errol SpenceUSA
=5Gabriel MaestreVEN
=9Vasile BelousMDA
=9Byambyn TüvshinbatMGL
=9Cameron HammondAUS
=9Egidijus KavaliauskasLTU
=9Vikas Krishan YadavIND
=9Adam NolanIRL
=9Siphiwe LusiziRSA
=9Yasuhiro SuzukiJPN
=17Selemani KidundaTAN
=17Yannick MitoumbaGAB
=17Patrick WojcickiGER
=17Óscar MolinaMEX
=17Moustapha HimaNIG
=17Ilyas AbbadiALG
=17Myke de CarvalhoBRA
=17Carlos SánchezECU
=17Qiong MaimaitituersunCHN
=17Ahmed AbdulkareemIRQ
=17Amin GhasemipourIRI
=17Mehdi KhalsiMAR

Round One

Date29 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #129 JulTaras ShelestiukUKR
Match #229 JulVasile BelousMDADecisionSelemani KidundaTAN
Match #329 JulByambyn TüvshinbatMGLDecisionYannick MitoumbaGAB
Match #429 JulAlexis VastineFRADecisionPatrick WojcickiGER
Match #529 JulCustio ClaytonCANDecisionÓscar MolinaMEX
Match #629 JulCameron HammondAUSDecisionMoustapha HimaNIG
Match #729 JulFred EvansGBRDecisionIlyas AbbadiALG
Match #829 JulEgidijus KavaliauskasLTU
Match #929 JulVikas Krishan YadavIND
Match #1029 JulErrol SpenceUSADecisionMyke de CarvalhoBRA
Match #1129 JulAdam NolanIRLDecisionCarlos SánchezECU
Match #1229 JulAndrey ZamkovoyRUSDecisionQiong MaimaitituersunCHN
Match #1329 JulSiphiwe LusiziRSADecisionAhmed AbdulkareemIRQ
Match #1429 JulGabriel MaestreVENDecisionAmin GhasemipourIRI
Match #1529 JulYasuhiro SuzukiJPNDecisionMehdi KhalsiMAR
Match #1629 JulSerik SapiyevKAZ

Round Two

Date3 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #103 AugTaras ShelestiukUKRDecisionVasile BelousMDA
Match #203 AugAlexis VastineFRADecisionByambyn TüvshinbatMGL
Match #303 AugCustio ClaytonCANDecisionCameron HammondAUS
Match #403 AugFred EvansGBRDecisionEgidijus KavaliauskasLTU
Match #503 AugErrol SpenceUSADecisionVikas Krishan YadavIND
Match #603 AugAndrey ZamkovoyRUSDecisionAdam NolanIRL
Match #703 AugGabriel MaestreVENDecisionSiphiwe LusiziRSA
Match #803 AugSerik SapiyevKAZDecisionYasuhiro SuzukiJPN


Date7 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #107 AugTaras ShelestiukUKRDecisionAlexis VastineFRA
Match #207 AugFred EvansGBRDecisionCustio ClaytonCAN
Match #307 AugAndrey ZamkovoyRUSDecisionErrol SpenceUSA
Match #407 AugSerik SapiyevKAZDecisionGabriel MaestreVEN


Date10 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #110 AugFred EvansGBRDecisionTaras ShelestiukUKR
Match #210 AugSerik SapiyevKAZDecisionAndrey ZamkovoyRUS

Final Round

Date12 August 2012
Match 1/212 AugSerik SapiyevKAZDecisionFred EvansGBR