Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| MÉhÉmmÉdrÉsul MÉcidov
Traditionally the âBlue Ribandâ event of the boxing tournament, the super-heavyweight division was perhaps even more eagerly anticipated than usual due to the depth of talent in the division. Defending champion [Roberto Cammarelle] was joined in London by world champion [MÉhÉmmÉdrÉsul MÉcidov] of Azerbaijan, Beijing finalist [Zhang Zhilei] of China and the rising young British talent [Anthony Joshua].
Though cheered on fanatically by the home support Joshua was nearly eliminated in his first fight and was fortunate to be given the decision over Cuban [Erislandy SavÃ³n], nephew of the legendary [FÃ©lix SavÃ³n]. Joshua improved on this display in his next fights and reached the final with a victory over Russiaâs [Ivan Dychko] while in the other semi-final Cammarelle won a close but deserved decision over MÉcidov. The final bout between the Italian and the Briton, whilst not a classic, turned into a nail-biter. For the first two rounds the more streetwise and experienced Cammarelle kept the young British fighter at bay but a desperate attack in the third brought Joshua back into contention. Neutral observers were a little surprised when the score was announced as a tie and the Italian contingent were certainly unhappy when Joshua was awarded the fight on countback.
Joshuaâs victory denied Cammarelle the honour of becoming the first man to defend an Olympic title in the heaviest weight category since [TeÃ³filo Stevenson].
|1||Anthony Joshua||22||Great Britain||GBR||Gold|
|9T||Meji Mwanba||30||Congo (Kinshasa)||COD|
|9T||Dominic Breazeale||26||United States||USA|