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Boxing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

Boxing at the 2000 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 19, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: KAZ Yermakhan Ibraimov
Silver: ROU Marian Simion
Bronze: THA Pornchai Thongburan
USA Jermain Taylor

Summary

The favorite in this class was someone who had not fought much at this weight, Juan Hernández of Cuba. Hernández was a silver medalist at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics as a welterweight, and was World Champion in 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1999, also winning Pan American Games gold medals in 1991 and 1999. He was expected to be challenged by the 1999 World Champion in this class, Romania's Marian Simion. But another top fighter was Kazakhstan's Yermakhan Ibraimov, bronze medalist in 1996, and bronze medalist at the 1999 World Championships, and silver medalist in 1997.\n\nIbraimov and Hernández met in the quarter-finals with Ibraimov winning a comfortable decision, 16-9. He then defeated American Jermain Taylor in the semis to make it to the finals against Simion. The final was very close, with Ibraimov winning 25-23 for the gold medal.

Simion came from Romania's top boxing family. His father Gheorghe Simion competed at the 1984 Olympics, and his brother, Dorel Simion won a welterweight bronze medal in Sydney. Jermain Taylor turned professional and moved to the top ranks, winning all the major middleweight crowns in 2005 when he defeated Bernard Hopkins.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yermakhan Ibraimov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold
2 Marian Simion 24 Romania ROU Silver
3T Jermain Taylor 22 United States USA Bronze
3T Pornchai Thongburan 26 Thailand THA Bronze
5 Juan Hernández Sierra 31 Cuba CUB
6 Frédéric Esther 28 France FRA
7 Adnan Ćatić 21 Germany GER
8 Mohamed Hikal 21 Egypt EGY
9T Fırat Karagöllü 22 Turkey TUR
9T Hely Yánes 33 Venezuela VEN
9T José Luis Zertuche 27 Mexico MEX
9T Károly Balzsay 21 Hungary HUN
9T Mohamed Salah Marmouri 32 Tunisia TUN
9T Richard Rowles 27 Australia AUS
9T Scott MacIntosh 27 Canada CAN
9T Song In-Jun 22 South Korea KOR
17T Adama Osumanu 19 Ghana GHA
17T Andrey Mishin 21 Russia RUS
17T Ciro Di Corcia 24 Italy ITA
17T Dilshod Yarbekov 26 Uzbekistan UZB
17T Dmitry Usagin 22 Bulgaria BUL
17T Juan José Ubaldo 21 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Michael Roche 29 Ireland IRL
17T Nurbek Kasenov 24 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
17T Sakio Bika Mbah 21 Cameroon CMR
17T Sidy Sandy 26 Guinea GUI
17T Stéphane N'Zue Mba 21 Gabon GAB
17T Yousif Massas 21 Syria SYR