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Boxing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

Boxing at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Anthony Joshua
Silver: ITA Roberto Cammarelle
Bronze: AZE Məhəmmədrəsul Məcidov
KAZ Ivan Dychko

Summary

Traditionally the “Blue Riband” event of the boxing tournament, the super-heavyweight division was perhaps even more eagerly anticipated than usual due to the depth of talent in the division. Defending champion Roberto Cammarelle was joined in London by world champion Məhəmmədrəsul Məcidov of Azerbaijan, Beijing finalist Zhang Zhilei of China and the rising young British talent Anthony Joshua.

Though cheered on fanatically by the home support Joshua was nearly eliminated in his first fight and was fortunate to be given the decision over Cuban Erislandy Savón, nephew of the legendary Félix Savón. Joshua improved on this display in his next fights and reached the final with a victory over Russia’s Ivan Dychko while in the other semi-final Cammarelle won a close but deserved decision over Məcidov. The final bout between the Italian and the Briton, whilst not a classic, turned into a nail-biter. For the first two rounds the more streetwise and experienced Cammarelle kept the young British fighter at bay but a desperate attack in the third brought Joshua back into contention. Neutral observers were a little surprised when the score was announced as a tie and the Italian contingent were certainly unhappy when Joshua was awarded the fight on countback.

Joshua’s victory denied Cammarelle the honour of becoming the first man to defend an Olympic title in the heaviest weight category since Teófilo Stevenson.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anthony Joshua 22 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Roberto Cammarelle 31 Italy ITA Silver
3T Məhəmmədrəsul Məcidov 25 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze
3T Ivan Dychko 21 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
5T Magomed Omarov 22 Russia RUS
5T Mohamed Arjaoui 25 Morocco MAR
5T Simon Kean 23 Canada CAN
5T Zhang Zhilei 29 China CHN
9T Meji Mwanba 30 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
9T Dominic Breazeale 26 United States USA
9T Blaise Mendouo 27 Cameroon CMR
9T Ytalo Perea 19 Ecuador ECU
9T Erik Pfeifer 25 Germany GER
9T Tony Yoka 20 France FRA
9T Johan Linde 29 Australia AUS
9T Erislandy Savón 22 Cuba CUB