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Boxing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: KAZ Serik Sapiyev
Silver: GBR Fred Evans
Bronze: RUS Andrey Zamkovoy
UKR Taras Shelestiuk

Summary

Unsurprisingly the two favourites and top seeded fighters in the welterweight division were the two men who reached the World Championship final a year earlier, Taras Shelestiuk of Ukraine and the Kazakh fighter Serik Sapiyev. Behind those two as many as a dozen other boxers had serious hopes of a medal. After a quiet first series of bouts controversy reared its’ head in the second round of fights when the result of the match-up between American Errol Spence and Vikas Krishan Yadav of India was overturned when it was decided the referee had failed to issue two warnings to the Indian fighter in the final round.

The quarter-finals also saw an outbreak of bickering over two bouts which were both decided on countback after a tie. Fred Evans, the European champion from Great Britain, scored a contentious victory over Canada’s Custio Clayton whilst Frenchman Alexis Vastine exited the ring in floods of tears when he lost an unpopular decision to Shelestiuk. Inspired by the home crowd Evans then picked up an upset victory over Shelestiuk to book a meeting with Sapiyez in the gold medal decider. Up to the final Sapiyev had been amongst the most impressive performers in the whole boxing tournament and, despite the noise emanating from the home support, he was a class above his British opponent in each of the three rounds and kept up his nations’ record of winning at least one boxing title at each Olympic Games they have attended. For his performances Sapiyev was awarded the Val Barker Trophy for the outstanding boxer of the Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Serik Sapiyev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold
2 Fred Evans 21 Great Britain GBR Silver
3T Taras Shelestiuk 26 Ukraine UKR Bronze
3T Andrey Zamkovoy 25 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Alexis Vastine 25 France FRA
5T Custio Clayton 24 Canada CAN
5T Errol Spence 22 United States USA
5T Gabriel Maestre 25 Venezuela VEN
9T Vasile Belous 23 Moldova MDA
9T Byambyn Tuvshinbat 25 Mongolia MGL
9T Cameron Hammond 22 Australia AUS
9T Egidijus Kavaliauskas 24 Lithuania LTU
9T Vikas Krishan Yadav 20 India IND
9T Adam Nolan 25 Ireland IRL
9T Siphiwe Lusizi 23 South Africa RSA
9T Yasuhiro Suzuki 24 Japan JPN
17T Selemani Kidunda 28 Tanzania TAN
17T Yannick Mbemy 25 Gabon GAB
17T Patrick Wojcicki 20 Germany GER
17T Oscar Molina 22 Mexico MEX
17T Moustapha Hima 20 Niger NIG
17T Ilyas Abbadi 19 Algeria ALG
17T Myke de Carvalho 28 Brazil BRA
17T Carlos Sánchez 24 Ecuador ECU
17T Qiong Maimaitituersun 24 China CHN
17T Ahmed Abdulkareem 20 Iraq IRQ
17T Amin Ghasemi Ghasemipour 26 Iran IRI
17T Mehdi Khalsi 26 Morocco MAR