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Boxing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Light-Welterweight

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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 20, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: UZB Mukhammad Kadyr Abdullayev
Silver: USA Ricardo Williams, Jr.
Bronze: ALG Mohamed Allalou
CUB Diógenes Luña

Summary

The 1999 World Champion was Mukhammad Kadyr Abdullayev of Uzbekistan. He had a relatively easy time getting to the final in Sydney. But in the other semi-final the United States' Ricardo Williams faced Cuba's Diógenes Luña in what has been described as the best bout of the 2000 Olympic boxing tournament. Luña led 29-15 after two rounds, only one point away from the bout being stopped automatically. But Williams stormed back to lead 35-31. In the fourth round, flagging from his comeback efforts, Williams held on to defeat Luña 42-41, holding on in the last 20 seconds once he had secured the lead.

At the 1999 World Championships Abdullayev had met Williams in the second round, winning 11-4. Sydney was more of the same, with Abdullayev jumping out to an early lead and maintaining it, winning the gold medal by decision, 27-20.

After the Olympics, Ricardo Williams turned pro but he had little success, never training properly. In 2005 he was arrested and convicted of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and was sentenced to three years in jail. After serving 31 months, he was released and returned to professional boxing. Abdullayev also turned professional after Sydney, with a 21-4 record through 2011. In 2005 he fought for the WBO light-welterweight world title but lost to Miguel Cotto.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mukhammad Kadyr Abdullayev 26 Uzbekistan UZB Gold
2 Ricardo Williams, Jr. 19 United States USA Silver
3T Diógenes Luña 23 Cuba CUB Bronze
3T Mohamed Allalou 26 Algeria ALG Bronze
5 Sergey Bykovsky 28 Belarus BLR
6 Aleksandr Leonov 22 Russia RUS
7 Sven Paris 19 Italy ITA
8 Saleh Khoulef 25 Egypt EGY
9T Ben Neequaye 20 Ghana GHA
9T Hwang Seong-Beom 25 South Korea KOR
9T Kay Huste 25 Germany GER
9T Kelson Pinto 24 Brazil BRA
9T Olusegun Ajose 20 Nigeria NGR
9T V'iacheslav Senchenko 23 Ukraine UKR
9T Willy Blain 22 France FRA
9T Nurhan Süleymanoğlu 29 Turkey TUR
17T Ghulam Shabbir 26 Pakistan PAK
17T Henry Collins 23 Australia AUS
17T Lukáš Konečný 22 Czech Republic CZE
17T Mariusz Cendrowski 22 Poland POL
17T Mike Strange 30 Canada CAN
17T Miguel Cotto 19 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Fred Kinuthia 31 Kenya KEN
17T Pongsak Hrientounthong 27 Thailand THA
17T Romeo Brin 27 Philippines PHI
17T Sami Khelifi 26 Tunisia TUN
17T Víctor Hugo Castro 25 Argentina ARG