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Boxing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

Boxing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Riocentro - Pavilion 6, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Arlen López
Silver: UZB Bektemir Melikuziyev
Bronze: AZE Kamran Şahsuvarlı
MEX Misael Rodríguez


Just before the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, the event lost one of the seeded fighters in the division when [Michael O’Reilly] tested positive for a banned diuretic.

This helped leave the field clear for [Arlen López] of Cuba to breeze through the competition.

Compatriots [Robeisy Ramírez] and [Julio César La Cruz] had already taken gold for Cuba earlier in the tournament so López provided the third gold for the Caribbean nation when he outpointed 20-year-old Uzbek [Bektemir Melikuziev] to claim the Olympic title.

Lopez, the 2015 world champion, was a fighter who was equally adept at fighting on the inside or at long range and showed great balance and accuracy.

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