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Boxing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Light-Welterweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Workers' Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: DOM Félix Díaz
Silver: THA Manut Boonjumnong
Bronze: CUB Roniel Iglesias
FRA Alexis Vastine


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 [Félix Díaz] 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 Díaz, 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 Díaz faced Boonjumnong with Díaz winning relatively easily, 12-4, by decision. Díaz soon became an elite professional and went undefeated into the late 2010s.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Félix Díaz 24 Dominican Republic DOM Gold
2 Manut Boonjumnong 28 Thailand THA Silver
3T Roniel Iglesias 19 Cuba CUB Bronze
3T Alexis Vastine 21 France FRA Bronze
5T Serik Sapiyev 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
5T Gennady Kovalyov 25 Russia RUS
5T Morteza Sepahvandi 28 Iran IRI
5T Uranchimegiin Mönkh-Erdene 26 Mongolia MGL
9T Jonny Sánchez 21 Venezuela VEN
9T Masatsugu Kawachi 22 Japan JPN
9T Richarno Colin 21 Mauritius MRI
9T Driss Moussaid 20 Morocco MAR
9T Johnny Joyce 20 Ireland IRL
9T Ionuț Gheorghe 24 Romania ROU
9T Boris Georgiev 25 Bulgaria BUL
9T Bradley Saunders 22 Great Britain GBR
17T Qiong Maimaitituersun 20 China CHN
17T Myke de Carvalho 24 Brazil BRA
17T Todd Kidd 23 Australia AUS
17T Mahaman Smaila 22 Cameroon CMR
17T Gyula Káté 26 Hungary HUN
17T Eduard Hambardzumyan 22 Armenia ARM
17T Hamza Hassine 22 Tunisia TUN
17T Jonathan González 19 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Hastings Bwalya 23 Zambia ZAM
17T Javier Molina 18 United States USA
17T Samuel Neequaye 25 Ghana GHA
17T Egidijus Kavaliauskas 20 Lithuania LTU