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Boxing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, Peristeri
Date Started: August 17, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Guillermo Rigondeaux
Silver: THA Worapoj Petchkoom
Bronze: AZE Ağası Məmmədov
UZB Bakhodirdzhon Sultanov


The champion from the Sydney Olympics, [Guillermo Rigondeaux] of Cuba, returned to defend his title and was a clear favourite to repeat his gold medal success from 4 years earlier. Rigondeaux had been the undisputed star of the bantamweight class since Sydney but it was his old rival, [Ağası Məmmədov], who arrived in Athens as reigning world champion, having upset the Cuban in 2003 in Thailand. Rigondeaux had previously beaten Məmmədov, then fighting for Turkey under the name Ağası Agaguloğlu, on his way to his Olympic triumph in 2000.

In the event Rigondeaux and Məmmədov were not to renew rivalries in Athens as the Azeri fighter fell victim to [Worapoj Petchkoom] of Thailand at the semi-final stage. Rigondeaux’s journey to his 2nd Olympic title was, much like his 1st, relatively uneventful and was lacking a serious challenge from any of his 5 opponents. Even though Thailand had imported a Cuban coach in an attempt to emulate the style and success of the Cuban system, Petchkoom was unable to cope with the long stinging jabs of Rigondeux and was defeated 22 points to 13.

In 2007 Rigondeux and a team mate defected ahead of the Pan American Games in Brazil. They signed a professional contact with a German promoter but he reappeared in Brazil wishing to return to Cuba. Two years later he again defected to Germany and this time did not return home. He eventually based himself in the USA and began a career as a professional which, though 2013, has seen him remain unbeaten and win a world title in the super-bantamweight division.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Guillermo Rigondeaux 23 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Worapoj Petchkoom 23 Thailand THA Silver
3T Bakhodirdzhon Sultanov 19 Uzbekistan UZB Bronze
3T Ağası Məmmədov 24 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze
5T Andrew Kooner 25 Canada CAN
5T Gennady Kovalyov 21 Russia RUS
5T Nestor Bolum 19 Nigeria NGR
5T Maksym Tretiak 19 Ukraine UKR
9T Alexander Espinoza 23 Venezuela VEN
9T Andrzej Liczik 27 Poland POL
9T Malik Bouziane 26 Algeria ALG
9T Mehrullah Lassi 24 Pakistan PAK
9T Khavazhi Khatsigov 27 Belarus BLR
9T Diwakar Prasad 19 India IND
9T Zsolt Bedák 20 Hungary HUN
9T Detelin Dalakliev 21 Bulgaria BUL
17T Ali Hallab 23 France FRA
17T Aybek Abdymomunov 18 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
17T Liu Yuan 24 China CHN
17T Juan Manuel López 21 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Kim Won-Il 22 South Korea KOR
17T Petit Jesús Ngnitedem 19 Gabon GAB
17T Hamid Ait Bighrade 28 Morocco MAR
17T Abner Mares 18 Mexico MEX
17T Argenis Mendez 18 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Joel Brunker 18 Australia AUS
17T Abel Aferalign 20 Ethiopia ETH