Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Riocentro - Pavilion 6, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 14, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Joahnys Argilagos
With [Zou Shiming] forgoing an attempt to win a third straight title by embarking on a career in the professional ranks, [Joahnys Argilagos] of Cuba had emerged as a strong favourite to follow in his footsteps as Olympic champion. The Cuban had won the world title in 2015 and, as such, was top seed for Rio. Argilagos survived a close call in his first bout but eventually faltered against a rank outsider, [Yurberjen MartÃnez] of Colombia, whose work rate and aggression was preferred by the judges to the swagger and showboating style of the Cuban.
Meanwhile in the bottom half of the draw the Uzbek fighter [Hasanboy Dusmatov] was fighting his way through a fiendish draw which put him up against top class opponents from Mexico, Kazakhstan and the USA in quick succession. In the final Dusmatov produced the performance of a champion and controlled the fight with a display of counter punching even as the crowd roared the South American forward. One of the judges scored the final round to MartÃnez or else Dusmatov would have produced a clean sweep of all rounds on all scorecards. Dusmatov promptly dedicated the gold to his countryâs president [Islam Karimov]. MartÃnez was the first Colombian boxer to reach an Olympic final.