Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: July 31, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Paddy Barnes
The 2008 Olympic champion [Zou Shiming] arrived in London having won every major championship he had contested since 2007. The only question mark against him was his age – at 31 he was considered ancient for a light-flyweight. As it turned out London was kind to the more experienced boxers and, at 26, Irishman [Paddy Barnes] was the youngster amongst the semi-finalists.
Barnes had been shut out by Zou in the semi-finals at Beijing but in London he fought the title holder to a hugely entertaining 15-15 tie before losing on countback. The other semi saw an upset as the Thai soldier [Kaeo Pongprayoon] comfortably disposed of [David Ayrapetyan] of Russia.
Pongprayoon appeared to have the better of Zhou in the final but, in a messy bout where both men were warned for negative tactics, the Chinese fighter retained his Olympic title by 13-10. A chorus of booing greeted the decision.
|5T||Devendro Singh Laishram||20||India||IND|
|9T||Jantony Ortíz||18||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|9T||Sin Jong-Hun||23||South Korea||KOR|
|17T||Carlos Suarez||19||Trinidad and Tobago||TTO|
|17T||Kelvin de la Nieve||25||Spain||ESP|