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Boxing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, Peristeri
Date Started: August 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Aleksandr Povetkin
Silver: EGY Mohamed Aly
Bronze: ITA Roberto Cammarelle
CUB Michel López

Summary

The super-heavyweight division was devoid of the depth of talent that was present in most of the other weight classes at the Athens Olympics but in Aleksandr Povetkin of Russia, the World and European championship winner, it at least had a champion worthy of the title. Povetkin's career had taken an unusual path on his way to the Olympic Games as he had already been a world champion in the professional ranks. He was allowed to compete in amateur boxing because his previous successes were in kickboxing which was considered a wholly different sport by the AIBA.

The Russian lived up to expectations by defeating Sydney Olympic finalist Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov and future Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle to reach the final and then had the unexpected bonus of a walkover for the gold medal. His prospective opponent, the aptly named Egyptian Mohamed Aly, was forced to withdraw after suffering a fractured wrist in his upset victory over Michel López of Cuba in his semi-final.

Povetkin took a year long sabbatical from the ring before turning to the professional ranks and basing himself with the Sauerland Events promotion company in Germany. He held the WBA world title between 2011 and 2013 then was comprehensively beaten by Volodymyr Klychko in a unification match.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aleksandr Povetkin 24 Russia RUS Gold
2 Mohamed Aly 29 Egypt EGY Silver
3T Roberto Cammarelle 24 Italy ITA Bronze
3T Michel López 27 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
5T Oleksiy Mazikin 29 Ukraine UKR
5T Jaroslavas Jakšto 24 Lithuania LTU
5T Jason Estrada 23 United States USA
9T Sergey Rozhnov 22 Bulgaria BUL
9T Sebastian Köber 25 Germany GER
9T Gbenga Oluokun 34 Nigeria NGR
9T Aleksandr Apanasenok 23 Belarus BLR
9T Armand Takam 23 Cameroon CMR
9T Víctor Bisbal 24 Puerto Rico PUR
9T Rustam Saidov 26 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Ma'afu Hawke 27 Tonga TGA