Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Workers' Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Roniel Iglesias
The defending champion was Thailand's [Manus Boonjumnong] who was back in Beijing, after winning at the 2006 Asian Games. But he was not favored, that being the 2005 and 2007 World Champion, [Serik Sapiyev] of Kazakhstan. Unfortunately the two met in the quarter-finals, Boonjumnong advancing by decision, 7-5. He made it to the final, where he met [FÃ©lix DÃaz] of the Dominican Republic, who had survived two very close bouts in the quarters and semis. His semi-final win over Frenchman [Alexis Vastine] was controversial as Vastine was twice penalized for holding, which gave the bout to DÃaz, 12-10. After the semi-finals, AIBA delegate Rudel Obreja held a press conference in which he alleged that there was bias in the selection of referees. He was quickly suspended by the AIBA, who claimed they were investigating this, but nothing was ever announced concerning the problem. In the final DÃaz faced Boonjumnong with DÃaz winning relatively easily, 12-4, by decision. DÃaz soon became an elite professional and went undefeated into the late 2010s.
|1||FÃ©lix DÃaz||24||Dominican Republic||DOM||Gold|
|9T||Bradley Saunders||22||Great Britain||GBR|
|17T||Myke de Carvalho||24||Brazil||BRA|
|17T||Jonathan GonzÃ¡lez||19||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|17T||Javier Molina||18||United States||USA|