|Date||12 – 20 August 2016|
|Location||Riocentro Pavilhão 6, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro|
|Participants||12 from 12 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament.|
Reigning champion Nicola Adams had been hindered by a series of minor injuries since winning gold in front of her home crowd in London but had returned in 2016 to claim a first ever world title.
Stanimira Petrova, the 2014 world champion, exited at her first contest which left Adams to face old adversary Ren Cancan in the first semi-final whilst Olympic debutants Sarah Ourahmoune of France and Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia contested the second. Adams started slowly but became increasingly dominant as the fight went on and the judges voted unanimously in her favour in the rematch of the 2012 final. Ourahmoune-Valencia followed a similar pattern with the Frenchwoman finally asserting her dominance.
Adams started the final brightly and won the first two rounds on all three scorecards. Ourahmoune rebounded to win the third but Adams clinched the decision by winning the final round. This was the Olympic final contested by boxers with the greatest combined age (67) – nearly three years older than the previous best. Adams became the first woman to defend an Olympic boxing title and the first Briton to achieve this feat since 1924.
|=9||Zohra Ez Zahraoui||MAR|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Nicola Adams||GBR||Bye|
|Match #2||Tetiana Kob||UKR||Stanimira Petrova||BUL||Decision (2 - 1)|
|Match #3||Mandy Bujold||CAN||Yodgoroy Mirzayeva||UZB||Decision (3 - 0)|
|Match #4||Ren Cancan||CHN||Bye|
|Match #5||Peamwilai Laopeam||THA||Bye|
|Match #6||Ingrit Valencia||COL||Judith Mbougnade||CAF||Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:08)|
|Match #7||Sarah Ourahmoune||FRA||Zohra Ez Zahraoui||MAR||Decision (3 - 0)|
|Match #8||Zhayna Shekerbekova||KAZ||Bye|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Nicola Adams||GBR||Tetiana Kob||UKR||Decision (3 - 0)|
|Match #2||Ren Cancan||CHN||Mandy Bujold||CAN||Decision (3 - 0)|
|Match #3||Ingrit Valencia||COL||Peamwilai Laopeam||THA||Decision (3 - 0)|
|Match #4||Sarah Ourahmoune||FRA||Zhayna Shekerbekova||KAZ||Decision (3 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final match.
|Match #1||Nicola Adams||GBR||Ren Cancan||CHN||Decision (3 - 0)|
|Match #2||Sarah Ourahmoune||FRA||Ingrit Valencia||COL||Decision (2 - 0)|
|Match 1/2||Nicola Adams||GBR||Sarah Ourahmoune||FRA||Decision (3 - 0)|