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Boxing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Boxing at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:
Phases:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: July 30, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Yegor Mekhontsev
Silver: KAZ Adilbek Niyazymbetov
Bronze: UKR Oleksandr Hvozdyk
BRA Yamaguchi Florentino

Summary

Julio La Cruz arrived in London as captain of the Cuban boxing team and, more importantly, reigning world champion after having won the title in 2011 in Baku. However Cruz would not add to his collection of medals as he was victim of a shock result at the quarter-final stage when outpointed by Yamaguchi Florentino, a Brazilian who he had comfortably beaten at the Pan-American Games ten months earlier. With Cruz missing from the last four, this opened up the division and it was the former world amateur heavyweight champion Yegor Mekhontsev of Russia who made the most of this opportunity. He easily defeated Florentino in the semi-final then fought Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan in the final.

The fight for the gold medal was as evenly matched as could be with the each fighter winning one of the first two rounds by a single point before tying the third. The two could still not be separated after the countback rule had been enforced so it was the individual preferences of the judges that gave the title to the Russian.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yegor Mekhontsev 27 Russia RUS Gold
2 Adilbek Niyazymbetov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver
3T Yamaguchi Florentino 24 Brazil BRA Bronze
3T Oleksandr Hvozdyk 25 Ukraine UKR Bronze
5T Julio César La Cruz 22 Cuba CUB
5T Elshod Rasulov 26 Uzbekistan UZB
5T Ehsan Rouzbahani 24 Iran IRI
5T Abdelhafid Benchabla 25 Algeria ALG
9T Ihab Darwish 26 Jordan JOR
9T Meng Fanlong 24 China CHN
9T Yahia El-Mekachari 22 Tunisia TUN
9T Damien Hooper 20 Australia AUS
9T Carlos Góngora 23 Ecuador ECU
9T Bahram Muzaffer 25 Turkey TUR
9T Osmar Bravo 27 Nicaragua NCA
9T Enrico Kölling 22 Germany GER
17T Lukmon Lawal 23 Nigeria NGR
17T Sumit Sangwan 19 India IND
17T Ahmed Barki 32 Morocco MAR
17T Dzhakhon Kurbanov 26 Tajikistan TJK
17T Marcus Browne 21 United States USA
17T Vətən Hüseynli 20 Azerbaijan AZE
17T Jeysson Monroy 27 Colombia COL
17T Mikhail Dolgolevets 22 Belarus BLR
17T Boško Drašković 25 Montenegro MNE
17T Christian Adjoufack 28 Cameroon CMR