Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Workers' Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Silver:||Emilio Correa, Jr.|
|Bronze:|| Vijender Singh
The favorite was [Matvey Korobov] of Russia, World Champion in 2005 and 2007. But he went out in the third round to Kazakh [Bakhtiyar Artayev], the 2004 Olympic welterweight champion. In turn, Artayev lost his next match to Britain's [James DeGale], silver medalist at the 2006 Europeans. Next for DeGale was his nemesis, [Darren Sutherland] of Ireland, who had won four of five previous bouts against DeGale. But he lost this one, DeGale winning 10-3 to move onto the finals. There he met Cuban [Emilio Correa], 2007 Pan American Champion, and bronze medalist in this class at the 2005 Worlds.
The final was very close, with DeGale moving ahead early and holding on to win by a 16-14 decision. The margin was the two points Correa was penalized in the first round for biting. After the Olympics DeGale turned professional, posting a record of 12 wins and 1 loss thru April 2012. Correa's silver medal continued the Cuban gold medal shutout in Beijing, as 2008 would mark the first time since 1968 that no Cuban won a boxing gold medal, as they won "only" four silvers and four bronzes.
|1||James DeGale||22||Great Britain||GBR||Gold|
|2||Emilio Correa, Jr.||22||Cuba||CUB||Silver|
|9T||Argenis NÃºÃ±ez||26||Dominican Republic||DOM|
|9T||Shawn Estrada||23||United States||USA|
|17T||Jean MickaÃ«l Raymond||21||France||FRA|
|17T||Herry Saliku Biembe||27||Congo (Kinshasa)||COD|
|17T||Jo Deok-Jin||25||South Korea||KOR|