Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Vitalie Gruşac
The two dominant fighters in this class in the 1990s had been Cuba's Juan Hernández and Russia's Oleg Saitov, the defending gold medalist. Hernández was in Sydney but had moved up to the light-middleweight division, leaving this class open for Saitov, who was 1997 World Champion and 1998 European Champion. After a bye in round one, he had an easy bout and then faced Azerbaijan's Ruslan Xeyirov in the quarter-finals. The bout was tied on effective punches, 10-10, but Saitov won the tiebreaker, 55-47. He won his next two bouts by comfortable decisions to repeat as gold medalist. He would return in 2004 and win a third Olympic medal, a bronze. Saitov won the 2004 European title and then retired, never turning professional. Hernández lost in the quarter-finals in Sydney in the light-middleweights.
|9T||Dante Craig||22||United States||USA|
|9T||Yovanny Lorenzo||19||Dominican Republic||DOM|
|17T||Bae Jin-Seok||21||South Korea||KOR|
|17T||Geard Ajetović||19||Serbia and Montenegro||SCG|
|17T||Rubén Fuchú||22||Puerto Rico||PUR|