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Light-Welterweight (≤64 kilograms), Men

Date10 – 21 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationRiocentro Pavilhão 6, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants27 from 27 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

At the 2015 Men’s World Championships Uzbekistan won six medals to establish themselves as one of the major powers in the sport. In Rio they made a further breakthrough by winning three Olympic medals and finishing top of the sport’s medal table.

In the light-welterweight division their challenge was spearheaded by Fazliddin Gaybnazarov, a world championship bronze medallist. Gaybnazarov survived a knockdown against American Gary Russell to gain a controversial split decision victory before edging another close win over Russian world champion Vitaly Dunaytsev.

His opponent in the Olympic final was a man with a familial link to the Olympics and an unusual life story. Lorenzo Sotomayor was the nephew of 1992 high jump champion Javier Sotomayor. He had been a promising youngster in the Cuban system until he met and fell in love with a visitor to Cuba, a Russian girl who lived in Azerbaijan, and followed her there. He gained Azeri nationality in time to win gold at the 2015 European Games.

The final was a difficult fight to score and opinion was divided as to who deserved to be called the winner. Judges from Sweden and Morocco were of the opinion that Fazliddin Gaybnazarov just did enough to win and thus earn Uzbekistan their third boxing gold of 2016.

PosBoxerNOC
1Fazliddin GaybnazarovUZBGold
2Lorenzo SotomayorAZESilver
=3Vitaly DunaytsevRUSBronze
=3Artem HarutyunyanGERBronze
=5Hu QianxunCHN
=5Gary RussellUSA
=5Batuhan GözgeçTUR
=5Yasniel ToledoCUB
=9Baatarsükhiin ChinzorigMGL
=9Hovhannes BachkovARM
=9Manoj KumarIND
=9Wuttichai MasukTHA
=9Arthur BiyarslanovCAN
=9Joedison TeixeiraBRA
=9Hassan AmzileFRA
=9Pat McCormackGBR
=17Thulasi TharumalingamQAT
=17Luis ArcónVEN
=17Dival MalongaCGO
=17Evaldas PetrauskasLTU
=17Richardson HitchinsHAI
=17Obada Al-KasbehJOR
=17Mahaman SmailaCMR
=17Abdelkader ChadiALG
=17Volodymyr MatviichukUKR
=17Jonas JonasNAM
=17Ablaykhan ZhusupovKAZ
DNSRaúl CurielMEX

Round One (10 – 11 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Vitaly DunaytsevRUS Bye
Match #2 Baatarsükhiin ChinzorigMGL Thulasi TharumalingamQAT Decision (3 - 0)
Match #3 Hovhannes BachkovARM Luis ArcónVEN Decision (2 - 1)
Match #4 1 Hu QianxunCHN Raúl CurielMEX 2Walkover
Match #5 Fazliddin GaybnazarovUZB Dival MalongaCGO Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:58)
Match #6 Manoj KumarIND Evaldas PetrauskasLTU Decision (2 - 1)
Match #7 Gary RussellUSA Richardson HitchinsHAI Decision (3 - 0)
Match #8 Wuttichai MasukTHA Bye
Match #9 Artem HarutyunyanGER Bye
Match #10 Arthur BiyarslanovCAN Obada Al-KasbehJOR Decision (3 - 0)
Match #11 Batuhan GözgeçTUR Mahaman SmailaCMR Decision (3 - 0)
Match #12 Joedison TeixeiraBRA Abdelkader ChadiALG Decision (2 - 1)
Match #13 Lorenzo SotomayorAZE Volodymyr MatviichukUKR Decision (3 - 0)
Match #14 Hassan AmzileFRA Jonas JonasNAM Decision (3 - 0)
Match #15 Pat McCormackGBR Ablaykhan ZhusupovKAZ Decision (2 - 1)
Match #16 Yasniel ToledoCUB Bye

Round Two (14 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Vitaly DunaytsevRUS Baatarsükhiin ChinzorigMGL Decision (3 - 0)
Match #2 Hu QianxunCHN Hovhannes BachkovARM Decision (2 - 1)
Match #3 Fazliddin GaybnazarovUZB Manoj KumarIND Decision (3 - 0)
Match #4 Gary RussellUSA Wuttichai MasukTHA Decision (2 - 1)
Match #5 Artem HarutyunyanGER Arthur BiyarslanovCAN Decision (2 - 0)
Match #6 Batuhan GözgeçTUR Joedison TeixeiraBRA Decision (3 - 0)
Match #7 Lorenzo SotomayorAZE Hassan AmzileFRA Decision (2 - 1)
Match #8 Yasniel ToledoCUB Pat McCormackGBR Decision (2 - 1)

Quarter-Finals (16 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Vitaly DunaytsevRUS Hu QianxunCHN Decision (3 - 0)
Match #2 Fazliddin GaybnazarovUZB Gary RussellUSA Decision (2 - 1)
Match #3 Artem HarutyunyanGER Batuhan GözgeçTUR Decision (3 - 0)
Match #4 Lorenzo SotomayorAZE Yasniel ToledoCUB Decision (3 - 0)

Semi-Finals (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Fazliddin GaybnazarovUZB Vitaly DunaytsevRUS Decision (2 - 1)
Match #2 Lorenzo SotomayorAZE Artem HarutyunyanGER Decision (3 - 0)

Final Round (21 August 2016)

Match 1/2 Fazliddin GaybnazarovUZB Lorenzo SotomayorAZE Decision (2 - 1)