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August 30, 2004

Cuban Kindelan stops Khan's run to gold

"Cuban master Mario Kindelan has stopped the amazing run of British teenager Amir Khan by outpointing him in the lightweight final of the Olympic boxing tournament.

Khan, 17, was trying to become the youngest boxer to win an Olympic boxing gold medal in over 50 years on Sunday but Kindelan had other ideas.

Nearly twice Khan's age at 33, the defending champion relied on his greater experience to counter-punch methodically and win a 30-22 decision.

Khan, who fought bravely but seemed a bit nervous, leaves Athens with the silver medal but a bright future ahead."

Read more at Cuban Kindelan stops Khan's run to gold

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Andre Ward Redeems U.S. Boxing With Gold

"Andre Ward won the gold medal in the light heavyweight division Sunday, beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus to claim a bit of redemption for an American team that took a beating at the Olympics.

Fighting in the last bout of the games, Ward found his mark with quick inside punches in the third round to win the first boxing gold for the United States since David Reid in 1996."

Read more at Andre Ward Redeems U.S. Boxing With Gold

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August 29, 2004

Mario Cesar Kindelan Mesa wins Lightweight (60kg) Boxing Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Mario Cesar Kindelan Mesa from Cuba

The winner of the
Silver Medal: Amir Khan from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Serik Yeleuov from Kazakhstan

The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Murat Khrachev from Russia

Posted by Darren at 10:40 PM | Comments (0)

Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz wins Bantamweight (54kg) Boxing Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Worapoj Petchkoom from Thailand
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Aghasi Mammadov from Azerbaijan
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Bahodirjon Sooltonov from Uzbekistan

Posted by Darren at 10:32 PM | Comments (0)

Boxing | Egypt suffer boxing blow

"Egypt's Mohamed Aly will not contest Sunday's Olympic super heavyweight boxing final in Athens after failing a pre-fight medical.

The decision means that his Russian opponent, Alexander Povetkin, is awarded the gold medal without throwing a punch.

Aly, who upset Cuban favourite Michel Lopez Nunez 18-16 in his semi-final, has a shoulder injury.

Povetkin succeeds Britain's Audley Harrison as super heavyweight champion.

The 24-year-old won the world title last year and has received several offers to turn professional.

On Friday, Egypt heavyweight Mohamed Elsayed was also disqualified before his semi-final bout for failing a medical test."

Read more at Egypt suffer boxing blow

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Cuba wins Light Flyweight (48kg) Boxing Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yan Bhartelemy Varela from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Atagun Yalcinkaya from Turkey
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Shiming Zou from China
The winner of the Bronze Medal: Sergey Kazakov from Russia

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Odlanier Solis wins Heavyweight Boxing Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Odlanier Solis from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Viktor Zuyev from Belarus
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Mohamed Elsayed from Egypt
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Naser Al Shami from Syria

Posted by Darren at 05:30 AM | Comments (0)

Manus Boonjumnong wins Light Welterweight (64kg) Boxing Gold medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Manus Boonjumnong from Thailand
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Yudel Johnson Cedeno from Cuba
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Boris Georgiev from Bulgaria
The winner of the Bronze Medal: Ionut Gheorghe from Romania

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Yuriolkis Gamboa wins Flyweight (51kg) Gold Medal - Boxing

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yuriolkis Gamboa from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Jerome Thomas from France
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Fuad Aslanov from Azerbaijan

Posted by Darren at 03:16 AM | Comments (0)

August 28, 2004

Khan goes for glory

"Britain's Amir Khan will face the biggest fight of his young career as he goes against Serik Yeleuov on Friday in boxing's lightweight semi-final.

Khan could become the youngest Olympic boxing champion in 52 years.

The 17-year-old's attacking style has become an enduring Olympic image after his three impressive victories.

Guaranteed at least a bronze after reaching the semi-finals, another win would ensure Khan would take home a minimum of a silver."

Read more at BBC SPORT | Olympics 2004 | Boxing | Khan goes for glory

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August 26, 2004

American boxing down for the count

"And now there are two -- only two -- Americans left to fight their way through the Olympic boxing medal rounds ... just two from the country that once dominated these Games ... just two from the country with the most money ... the most history ... the most amateur alumni to go on and rule the professional world.

This is the mysterious paradox among all those other golden United States Olympic squads in Athens. Off victories and defeats you find it hard to understand why this country has just two fighters left in the Olympic boxing medal rounds"

Read more at Izenberg: American boxing down for the count

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August 25, 2004

Khan crushes Korean in quick time

"Amir Khan took just 1.37 to book his place in the semi final of lightweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with a first round stoppage win over Jong Sub Baik.

The 17 year-old has looked impressive throughout this competition but the way in which he blew the seasoned world No.5 away with relative ease to win a bronze medal at the very least, was nothing short of incredible.

From the opening bell Jong Sub Baik from came out trying to rough up the young Briton. But Khan was wise to him very quickly, and rained in lightening fast short left and rights to stun the Korean almost immediately. Then from nowhere Khan floored the Sub Baik with a straight right hand that seemed to take everything out of the 24 year-old. The referee allowed Su Baik to carry on but Khan followed up with more power shots that left the referee no option but to call the bout off after 1.37. This was bout 225 in these Games and the first genuine stoppage. "

Read more at Khan crushes Korean in quick time

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August 23, 2004

Britain's Khan punching above his weight

"Already the revelation of the Olympic boxing tournament, Britain's teenage hope Amir Khan is great news to a sport tired of just gifted Cubans and tough Russians.

Comparisons with the all-time greats might be a bit premature but the fresh-faced 17-year-old lightweight has done enough to signal he is a unique talent.

"He's an absolute breath of fresh air," British boxing coach Terry Edwards said of his one-man team. "He makes me feel 20 years younger, just watching him train and fight."

While rejuvenating Edwards, Khan has also displayed maturity beyond his years with shrewd tactics inside the ropes and a cool head in and out of the ring."

Read more at Britain's Khan punching above his weight

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August 22, 2004

Tiny Iraqi fighter loses but leaves a big winner

"The chant began in the fourth round and was familiar to any boxing fan: "Ali! Ali! Ali!"

This story, however, was anything but familiar, one where the words "Iraq" and "fighting" could be linked without bad news following. The crowd urged on Najah Ali, an Iraqi Rocky looking to pull his second straight shocker in the light-flyweight division.

The fairy tale ended as Ali lost to Armenia's Aleksan Nalbadyan 24-11 last night. But Ali's corner declared a bigger victory.

"This is what freedom is all about," said his coach, Maurice "Termite" Watkins. "This is what the Olympics are all about."

Iraq has found surprising success at these Games. The country's soccer team continued its improbable run by beating Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals. But Ali, the littlest boxer in Athens, might have the tallest tale."

Read more at Tiny Iraqi fighter loses but leaves a big winner

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August 21, 2004

Iraq's Boxer - Najah Ali - is the Termit-ator!

"Iraq's single boxing competitor carries the hopes of a country on his slight shoulders.

Cheer on Iraq's 106-pound 'Termite-ator'

TAKE ONE middle-aged, twice-broke ex-contender for a world title in the sweet science; one 106-pounds-soaking-wet amateur pugilist with just 30-odd fights under his garter-sized belt; one brutalized and bleeding country trying to reassemble itself amid madness and mayhem--then stir briskly in that peculiar rosin-spiced cauldron of magic known as a boxing ring and hope for a miracle.

The simmering miracle whose chief ingredients are Olympic boxing coach Maurice "Termite" Watkins, 24-year-old light flyweight Najah Ali, and war-torn Iraq got off to a good start Wednesday in Athens when Mr. Ali won a convincing decision over North Korea's Kwak Hyok Ju. Iraq's only Olympic boxer, given a wildcard berth in the tournament, made the most of his chance, darting in and out on his taller opponent to fire quick combinations that piled up points. But the point that boxer, coach, and country want to score transcends any awarded a jab or uppercut."

Read more at - Comeback

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August 19, 2004

Cubans Have Boxing Covered Like a Glove

"Only at the coolest and most confusing of all the Olympic venues -- boxing -- can you find a U.S. coach temporarily wearing Iraqi colors, the two best amateur heavyweights in the world fighting each other in the preliminaries, a Greek competitor being coached by a Cuban, a Pakistani competitor being coached by a Cuban, and an Ethiopian competitor being coached by a Cuban.

We're going to reach the point, perhaps by 2008 in Beijing, at which every medalist in the Olympic boxing competition will be a product of the Cuban system. It's pretty impressive that the U.S. basketball system is so highly regarded that the China men's team hired Del Harris to be its coach and the Nigerian women's team hired Sam Vincent. Throw in Team USA's Larry Brown and you've got three teams here being coached by Americans. But of the 72 countries that sent boxers to Athens, 13 are coached by Cuba."

Read more at Cubans Have Boxing Covered Like a Glove

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Iraqi boxer, Najah Ali, wins first-round match

"Iraqi boxer Najah Ali won his preliminary-round match Wednesday, defeating North Korean light flyweight Kwak Hyok Ju 21-7.

Ali is Iraq's only Olympic boxer and the games' smallest fighter at 4-foot-11 and 106 pounds. But the 24-year-old won easily, delighting a handful of flag-waving Iraq fans and his American coach, Maurice "Termite" Watkins.

Ali spent six weeks training with the U.S. team earlier this year, also making stops in Houston and Michigan's Upper Peninsula while preparing with his colorful coach, a former car salesman and lightweight boxer. He received a special invitation to compete in Athens.

"I'm a symbol for a lot of people looking for a good life," Ali said. "I'm a symbol for freedom.""

Read more at Iraqi boxer wins first-round match

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Devin Vargas Advances and Rau'Shee Warren is Defeated in Boxing

"Moments after the American boxing team's winning streak ended, Devin Vargas started a new one.

Light flyweight Rau'Shee Warren became the first U.S. boxer eliminated from the Olympics, losing a frustrating 22-9 decision Wednesday to China's Zou Shiming.

But Vargas joined six teammates in the second round with a 27-7 victory over Morocco heavyweight Rachid El Haddak in the afternoon session. In the evening, American super heavyweight Jason Estrada was scheduled to fight Tonga's Ma'afu Hawke in the final bout of the preliminaries.

Vargas, a 22-year-old from a boxing-crazy family in Toledo, Ohio, impressed the crowd at Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall with his dominance of El Haddak. Moving nimbly and surprising the Moroccan with even the simplest jabs, Vargas showed that his work on skill and strategy over the past six months has turned him into much more than a brawler."

Read more at Devin Vargas advances, but Rau'Shee Warren takes Americans' first boxing defeat at Olympics

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August 18, 2004

Sam Rukundo Triumphs

"Light weight Sam Rukundo brightened Uganda's medal hopes in the 2004 Olympics in Athens with a 30-22 win over Morocco's Tamsamani Tahar later last night.

Uganda's medal hopes had earlier continued to slimmer after a controversial win by Jafarov Galib over Brian Mayanja. The Kazakhstan featherweight champion was surprised at the result of 37-17 points that clearly did not reflect what was going on in the squared ring. Mayanja throw jab after jab but the score against his name stayed static while the recipient's score augmented at lightening speed. He clearly should have won the first round but the judges thought otherwise.

Tahar Tamsamani (R) of Morocco covers up against Sam Rukundo (L) of during their Olympic Games preliminary 60 kg Lightweight bout at the Peristeri Boxing Hall in Athens. (AFP Photo.)"

Read more at Rukundo Triumphs

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August 17, 2004

Flyweight boxer withdraws from Games

"Flyweight George Jouvin Rakotoarimbelo of Madagascar was forced to withdraw from the Olympics Tuesday morning because of a fractured cheekbone."

Read more at Flyweight boxer withdraws from Games

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Amir Khan wins opener in Boxing

"Briton Amir Khan got his Olympic medal quest off to a great start, stopping Greek Marios Kaperonis in his lightweight boxing opener.

The 17-year-old took just three rounds to see off his opponent 32-12 in the Peristeri Boxing Hall on Monday.

He surged ahead on points in the second round before clinching the bout on the outclass rule in the next round."

Read more at Khan wins opener

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August 15, 2004

Vicente Escobedo says he's prepared, physically and mentally

"The U.S. boxing team isn't expected to fare well at the Olympics, but that hasn't discouraged Vicente Escobedo.

A lifelong dream is at hand for the 22-year-old, 132-pounder from Woodland, whose first bout is Monday: competing in the Olympics for his country with a chance for a gold medal.

"Physically and mentally, I'm ready," he said in a phone interview from Athens, Greece, between workouts. "It's been three hard months of training for all of us. Now that we're over here, it's time to focus.""

Read more at Escobedo says he's prepared, physically and mentally

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August 14, 2004

Dirrell earns Americans' first boxing win

"Middleweight Andre Dirrell got the U.S. boxing team off to a strong start Saturday, beating China's Ha Dabateer 25-18. "Even though the bout was slow, I still gave everybody else something to look at," he said. "I believe if I stick to my game plan, I'm going to get a gold medal. Can't nobody stop me."

A well-regarded left-hander from Flint, Mich., Dirrell counterpunched his way to an easy victory in the second fight of the day at Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall as the other eight members of the U.S. team cheered him on.

The two-time national champion, and one of the top U.S. medal hopefuls, was content to let Ha chase him around the ring in the early stages. He came on strong late in the four-round bout, consistently landing counterpunches against the overeager Chinese fighter."

Read more at Dirrell earns Americans' first boxing win.

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Cuban boxers set to lose grip on middleweight class

"The supremacy of Cuba's Olympic boxers looks under threat in the middleweight class, which features on the menu on the opening day of the boxing tournament at the Athens Games today.

The Cubans have won the last three titles in that division but face a struggle this time with no fighter of the calibre of Sydney winner Jorge Guttierez or Ariel Hernandez, who triumphed in both Atlanta and Barcelona.

Yordani Despaigne Herrera, representing Cuba in the class at the Games, has never won a major international tournament and lost to American Andre Dirrell at the Olympic test event here in May.

The gifted Dirrell is one the greatest hopes of an American team desperate to bounce back after leaving Sydney without a title for the first time in more than 50 years."

Read more at Cuban boxers set to lose grip on middleweight class.

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Middleweight - Andre Dirrell - first in ring For Americans

"Middleweight Andre Dirrell will meet China's Ha Dabateer in the second match of the Olympic boxing tournament.

Dirrell, a well-regarded fighter from Flint, Mich., will be the only American in action at the Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall when competition begins today. Light heavyweight Andre Ward, another top medal prospect, drew a first-round bye in the draw, which was announced yesterday.

The 283 fighters in 11 weight classes were randomly paired in the draw, which produced at least one outstanding early matchup: Heavyweights Alexandre Alekseev of Russia and Odlanier Solis of Cuba will meet Wednesday in a rematch of last year's world championships final, won, 18-15, by Solis.

Alekseev and Solis both are strong medal favorites -- good news for Devin Vargas, the U.S. heavyweight. Vargas will fight Morocco's Rachid El Haddak in the first round."

Read more at Middleweight first in ring For Americans

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Boxer - David Munyasia - says he has never chewed miraa

"Boxer David Munyasia returned home yesterday and immediately pleaded innocent against drug allegations that saw him thrown out of the Olympic Games.

Munyasia insisted he was clean and that he did not even understand what was going on.

Munyasia was excluded from the Athens Olympic Games on Tuesday after testing positive for cathine, a prohibited stimulant. Cathine derives from the khat plant, locally known as miraa .

"I was shocked with the whole saga and I think am just a victim of circumstances," he said.

Munyasia, who was donning jeans shorts, jeans jacket, sports shoes and a Nike cap to match, said he has never chewed miraa in his life.

He said he had taken coffee before boarding the plane and took energy drink, Red Bull on the plane.

"Unless I got this thing in the two drinks. I can not explain where else," he noted."

Read more at Boxer says he has never chewed miraa

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Ward shoulders lonely burden of U.S. boxing hopes

"Andre Ward has learned to thrive in solitude during six years of lonely jogs, isolated training camps and globe-hopping trips to unfamiliar boxing venues.

But the light heavyweight, a 20-year-old husband and father of two boys, definitely prefers his family's company.

"They're in my heart, and it hurts, but they know Daddy is working hard," Ward said.

Ward spent much of the last year in self-imposed exile from his family to focus on gold at the Athens Olympics. After putting his professional career and much of his happiness on hold, he's determined to make his sacrifices worthwhile."

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Tough opening bouts for Canadian boxers in Athens

CBC SPORTS ONLINE - Former Olympic boxing champs and world championship medallists await the Canadian boxing team in the first-round of competition at the Athens Summer Games.

First-time Olympian Jean Pascal of Laval, Que., will face Yordani Despaigne Herrera of Cuba in the opening round of the 75-kilogram class Saturday. Despaigne Herrera was third at the 2003 and 2001 world championships and is considered a strong medal contender in Athens.

Benoit Gaudet of Drummondville, Que., fighting in the ultra-competitive 60 kg weight class, will face 1996 Olympic champion Somluck Kamsing of Thailand. - Athens 2004 - CBC Sports

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Soulan Pownceby - Controversial New Zealand Boxer Makes Early Exit

"New Zealander Soulan Pownceby, once jailed for killing his infant daughter, made an early exit from the Olympic boxing tournament on Saturday.

Pownceby's controversial selection for the Athens Games sparked a moral debate in his country but on the opening day of competition he left the Peristeri hall without a word after losing his first-round bout to Turkey's Yildirim Ihsan Tarhan.

The technically limited light-heavyweight, who had received a caution for wrestling his opponent to the ground and a warning for hitting him with the head, was trailing by 20 points in the third round when the referee stopped the bout.

"He's had a pretty rough time and clearly he's disappointed with that performance," said the New Zealand team chief David Currie."

Read more at Controversial New Zealand Boxer Makes Early Exit.

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August 11, 2004

Teenage sensation Khan tipped for greatness

"He may be the only British boxer to make the trip to Athens, but teenage sensation Amir Khan is billed as a real medal hopeful. The 17-year old lightweight from Bolton, goes to the Games brimming with confidence.

"Qualifying for the Olympics is more than I would have expected, he says. I'm going to do my best, but I am confident I can get a medal," the graduate of Bury Amateur Boxing Club told the BBC website.

Indeed, Khan will be one of the strongest contenders for Olympic defending champion Mario Kindelan. The 30-year old Cuban defeated Khan in a pre-Olympic tournament in May, but the teenager says he's learned his lesson.

"I know about Mario Kindelan, who won the Olympics in Sydney, and I think he's beatable," Khan declared.

Revenge depends on the draw of the 60kg category, and how Khan fares in the early rounds."

Read more at Teenage sensation Khan tipped for greatness

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Amateur boxers Jason Estrada, Devin Vargas look to end drought for U.S. heavyweights at Olympics

"Jason Estrada and Devin Vargas are two big men fighting for a couple of little guys.

As American heavyweights, they could get rich by winning Olympic boxing gold. As the fathers of young sons, they feel plenty rich already.

"He's my main motivation. Everything I do, I do for him," Estrada said of his 3-year-old son, Lennox. "Ever since he's been born I've been on a winning streak."

Estrada and Vargas have the task of trying to end a drought for U.S. heavyweights, who haven't taken home a medal of any sort since Ray Mercer won the 201-pound division in 1988.

Almost as important to Estrada and Vargas who are both unmarried is doing it for their sons.

"I keep reminding myself I'm doing this for Bishop," Vargas said of his 22-month-old."

Read more at Amateur boxers Jason Estrada, Devin Vargas look to end drought for U.S. heavyweights at Olympics ..

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August 10, 2004

Boxing Men's Super Heavy Weight (75kg) : Event preview

"Russian Super Heavy Weight (+91kg) Alexander POVETKIN is regarded as a nice guy outside the ring, but when the Athens 2004 boxing tournament gets underway he is guaranteed to be aggressive.

He will be trying to win his fourth major international tournament in a row, having already taken the 2003 world title and beating Roberto CAMMARELE (ITA) in the finals of both the 2002 and 2004 European championships.

Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Rustam SAIDOV (UZB) has added a 2003 world championship bronze medal to his collection and he will be a threat in Athens, as will Sebastian KOEBER (GER) who also won bronze in Bangkok.

KOEBER has moved up from the Heavy Weight (91kg) division where he won the bronze medal in Sydney."

Read more at Boxing Men's Super Heavy Weight (75kg) : Event preview.

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Boxing Men's Light Welter Weight (64kg) : Event preview

"One of the heaviest hitters in the world, three-time European champion Alexander MALETIN (RUS) looms as the favourite for the Olympic gold medal in the Light Welter Weight (64kg) division at the Athens Olympic Games.

MALETIN won the bronze medal at the Sydney Olympic Games in the Light Weight (60kg) division and then decided to move up to Light Welter Weight.

His first major achivement in the new division was the silver medal at the 2003 World Championship.

MALETIN is known for knocking out opponents with body punches and this has earned him the nickname Russian Tank.

Rock ALLEN (USA) comes from a boxing family and travels to Athens hopeful of winning a medal."

Read more at Boxing Men's Light Welter Weight (64kg) : Event preview.

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Boxing Men's Middle Weight (75kg) : Event preview

" The great Cuban tradition in Olympic Games Middle Weight (75kg) boxing of three consecutive Olympic gold medals may be hard to maintain in Athens.

The examples set by Jorge GUTIERREZ in Sydney and Ariel HERNANDEZ in Atlanta and Barcelona will be a hard act to follow for Yordani DESPAIGNE HERRERA, who has never won a major international tournament.

DESPAIGNE HERRERA, third in the World Championships of 2003 in Bangkok and 2001 in Belfast, has to fight for his first Olympic victory against some of the most experienced boxers at the Athens Games.

He upset World Champion Genadiy GOLOVKIN (KAZ) in the Olympic Test Event in Athens in May."

Continue reading Boxing Men's Middle Weight (75kg) : Event preview.

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U.S. boxers no longer dominate Olympics

"Once upon a time, not so long ago, boxing was a prime time sport at the Olympics.

Back then most Americans would rather watch George Foreman knock out some Russian with a big left hook than see some little 80-pound pixie doing flips on a balance beam.

There's nothing much more boring that a swim meet, but nowadays folks in the U.S.A. will stay glued to their TV sets to watch Michael Phelps splash around in the water and win a bunch of gold medals.

Swimming and diving, gymnastics and track and field will be the focus of NBC's prime time coverage in Athens.

Boxing can found in the afternoons over on CNBC or on the weekends on MSNBC.

That's because the good old U.S.A. can't whip anybody anymore."

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August 09, 2004

Mexico could surprise in Athens Boxing

"With their relentless 'walk up' style of boxing and their propensity for throwing lots of leather, Mexico could provide some upsets during the Olympic tournament starting on Saturday 14 August at the Peristeri Boxing Hall.

Mexican coach, Francisco BONILLA, has added some finesse to his team, without detracting from their natural aggression, a trait reflected in the nick name of Middle Weight (75kg) Alfredo ANGULO LOPEZ (MEX).

His team mate Abner MARES MARTINEZ (MEX) says ANGULO LOPEZ is called 'Perro', which means 'dog', because he is "always looking for a fight, like a pit bull".

ANGULO LOPEZ took the bronze medal at the 2003 Pan Am Games, then decided to move up a weight division.

Bantam Weight (54kg) MARES MARTINEZ qualified for Athens by taking silver at the Pan Am Games."

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Boxing for Haiti, Andre Berto Goes for Olympic Gold

"Andre Berto leaves Winter Haven today on a quest to accomplish something that hasn't been done in 76 years -- win an Olympic medal for Haiti.

The 20-year-old welterweight boxer said he wasn't trying to duplicate what happened in 1928 when Haiti, in the long jump, won a bronze medal.

"I'm going for gold," he said. "That's my mission."

Born in Miami to Haitian parents, Berto has dual citizenship. His bid to make the United States boxing team fell through when he was disqualified after a controversial ruling, but he was allowed to represent Haiti and qualified in an Americas Sectional Olympic Tournament in Mexico."

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August 08, 2004

Father-son relationship for coach and Indian boxer

"Akhil KUMAR (IND) is on his way to being a world-class boxer, according to his coach, Jagdish SINGH, and Athens is the place to prove him right.

He came to me in 1995 and has improved constantly ever since, says SINGH of the 23-year-old Fly Weight (51kg) contender.

He describes KUMAR as a positive boxer.

Right from the first day, he would ask questions, wanting to know the finer points of the game, SINGH told the Indian Express newspaper.

At the same time, KUMAR seems to have a special relationship with his coach.

He is everything to me; he is my father, brother, friend and he has taken care of me from the very first day, the boxer said."

Read more at Father-son relationship for coach and Indian boxer.

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August 03, 2004

Devin Vargas Fighting for Family

"When Devin Vargas represents the United States as a boxer in the Olympics in Athens, he won't just be going for himself.

There are a host of family members who have helped the Toledo native achieve this dream.

Vargas has been boxing since he was eight years old when he fought his first match in a horse barn.

But the sport has been in the 22-year-old's family for much longer."

Continue reading Boxing a family tradition for Olympic heavyweight.

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July 31, 2004

Kazakhstan's Boxers to eat Horse Meat and Mare's Milk in Athens

"Kazakhstan are pinning their hopes of Olympic boxing gold on traditional nomadic fare and will ship horse meat and mare's milk to Athens to boost their fighters' stamina.

Kazakh boxing team coach Yermakhan Ibraimov, who won gold as a light-middleweight in Sydney in 2000, confessed plain yet energizing nomadic food had been the key to his own success."

Read more at Trust in Mare's Milk.

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US Boxers Hungry for Gold Medals

"Andre Dirrell has heard the talk, and knows the expectations are low.

The U.S. boxing team is too young, too inexperienced and not hungry enough. American boxers will be lucky to win a medal or two in Athens against the talented Cubans and tough Russians.

"I just sit back and laugh at that," Dirrell said. "I know we have a strong team. I see six or seven medals for us."

Dirrell could be excused for his optimism. He might be the most naturally talented member of the U.S. team, a 165-pounder with speed and power and a legitimate shot at a medal."

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July 29, 2004

Tim Skolnik Going to Athens

"Tim Skolnik got the word a week ago. And, he said, it still hasn't sunk in.

The 23-year-old Traverse City boxer is headed to the Olympic Games. Skolnik will be an alternate on the U.S. Olympic boxing team, backing up super heavyweight Jason Estrada.

"It's exciting," said Skolnik, who met with the media at the Trigger Boxing Gym in Traverse City on Tuesday. "But, to be honest, it still hasn't sunk in. It will probably hit me when I get there.""
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July 25, 2004

Investigation into Australian Bailed Boxer

"SOUTH Australia Premier Mike Rann yesterday ordered an investigation into why an alleged violent home invader was bailed so he could box for Australia at the 2004 Olympics.

Mr Rann said he learned Athens-bound Elizabeth Grove boxer Peter Wakefield faced criminal charges only when it was revealed by The Advertiser yesterday.

He has asked the Attorney-General, Michael Atkinson, for a report on the case, declining to comment further "until I know the facts".

Wakefield, 26, who is training for the Olympic Games in central France with eight teammates, refused to comment on the charges yesterday." Source - FOX SPORTS | Boxer will fight on .

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Boxing on Trial in Athens

"BOXING as an Olympic spectacle will be on trial in Athens. The sport in which Ireland won gold and silver medals at the Barcelona Games of '92 is still on the Olympic hit-list.

It's that push-button scoring system the IOC's top brass don't trust. "Seriously flawed," sniffed one recently.

"It slumped to a new low in Sydney four years ago, and shows all the consistency of a rolling pair of dice.

"Any repeat of the controversy or bitterness that goes with bad decisions, and boxing could have a real fight for survival at future Games."" Read More at Boxing needs to score well in Athens.

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July 23, 2004

Trevor Stewardson Cleared to Compete in Athens Olympics

'"Canadian boxer Trevor Stewardson won an appeal in a Quebec courtroom Thursday that clears the way for him to compete at the Athens Olympics.

Stewardson, who was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ont., but trains out of Medicine Hat, Alta., was contesting a Canadian Olympic Committee ruling that the silver medal he won at a qualifying tournament in Brazil was not sufficient to earn an Olympic berth."' Source - Boxer Stewardson wins Olympic spot on appeal

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July 22, 2004

Australian Boxer Will Compete While on Bail

'The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has cleared boxer Peter Wakefield to compete at next month's Athens Olympics despite being on bail over an alleged assault charge.

The Adelaide Advertiser newspaper reported Thursday that the 26-year-old Wakefield had been scheduled to stand trial this month with two co-accused but the court case had been postponed until June 2005.' Read More at - Australian Olympic Boxer to Compete While on Bail.

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July 08, 2004

Amir Khan wants Gold Medal

British Boxer, Amir Khan, is looking to win Gold in Athens at the Olympic Games in August.

'The 17-year-old is fighting in the 60-kg category against the likes of world number one Mario Kindelan.

And Khan said: "I know about Mario Kindelan, who won in the Olympics in Sydney, and I think he's beatable.

"I've also seen a couple from Asia and Africa and they looked good but I think I'd be all right against them and beat any of them."' Source - Khan eyes gold

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July 05, 2004

Introducing the US Boxing Team for Athens

ESPN has an interesting look at the US Boxing team who are currently in preparation to the Athens Olympics. The team has not won a Gold medal since 1996 and are hoping that this year might change that.

'One sure bet, according to insiders, is light heavyweight Andre Ward, a two-time national champion. Yet despite the accolades, Ward refuses to set himself apart from his team, which he believes will surprise a few people in August....

One sure bet, according to insiders, is light heavyweight Andre Ward, a two-time national champion. Yet despite the accolades, Ward refuses to set himself apart from his team, which he believes will surprise a few people in August....

And while Ward may have the speed and Vargas the power, the pedigree may be the sole property of 22-year-old junior welterweight Rock Allen, who comes from a fighting family that includes his coach/father Nasszim Richardson, best known for his work with middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins....

Holding up the middleweight end of the team is Andre Dirrell of Flint, Mich., a two-sport athlete in high school who is going for the gold not only for himself, but for his grandfather, Leon Lawson, who raised the 20-year-old and who still coaches him.' Read more at - Road to Athens; US Boxing

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July 01, 2004

Pakistan ban boxer from Olympics

Pakistan bans boxer from Olympics

'Three Pakistani weightlifters have been barred from competing for two years and a top boxer has been banned for a year and disqualified from the Olympic Games for using prohibited drugs, sports officials said.

Nauman Karim, 21, who was declared Asia's best boxer earlier this year, tested positive in a doping test after the South Asian Federation Games in Islamabad in April, said Anwar Chowdhry, president of Pakistan's Boxing Federation.

Karim confessed to using the weight-loss drug Cannaboids before and during the games but said he hadn't known it was banned, Chowdhry said.

The Pakistan Olympic Association banned Karim from competing for one year and disqualified him from the country's squad for the Athens Olympics in August.'

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June 29, 2004

Pakistan bans boxer from Olympics

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Three Pakistani weightlifters have been barred from competing for two years and a top boxer has been banned for a year and disqualified from the Olympic Games for using prohibited drugs, sports officials said.

Source - Boxing - Pakistan bans boxer from Olympics

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June 23, 2004

Khotso Motau - Boxing

Khotso Motau from South Africa is hoping to do well in the Athens Olympics Boxing Competition. His preparation is very different to many of those he'll be competing against and a win would change his life in ways most of us can only begin to imagine.

"When evening comes, South-African Olympic hopeful Khotso Motau has to hang up his boxing gloves and abandon training. The Dube club in the impoverished, sprawling township of Soweto, where the middleweight dreams of Olympic gold, has no electricity. Come darkness, training is impossible.

"It's despicable that these guys don't have lights. It's simply not right," says Steve Masike, one of Motau's trainers.

Soweto has more than 20 boxing gyms, including the Dube club which set South African icon Baby Jake Matlala on the road to his four World Boxing Union (WBU) junior flyweight successes."

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May 08, 2004

Athens Olympics Boxing Events and Results


Athens Olympic Boxing

Boxing at the Athens Olympics will run for 15 days, from the 14th - 29th August at the Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall.

Cuba has dominated Olympic boxing in recent years, and will bring another strong team that includes defending 119-pound gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux and 132-pound gold medalist Mario Kindelan. Missing from the Sydney team that won four gold medals and two bronzes is three-time heavyweight gold medalist Felix Savon, who retired and is helping coach the team. Cuba is in danger, however, of losing the medal race to Russia, which won two gold, three silver and two bronze medals in Sydney, then topped Cuba in the 2003 world championships. The United States is sending nine boxers to Athens, trying to rebound from a disappointing 2000 Olympics where no American boxers won gold medals for the first time in 52 years. Middleweight Andre Dirrell is perhaps the most talented of the Americans, who lack vital international experience. Light heavyweight Andre Ward, a two-time U.S. champion, hasn't lost since 1998 and figures to be a medal contender.

Gold Medal Results in each Olympic Boxing division will be added to the pages below as they come to hand. In the mean time read the latest Olympic Boxing News in our Boxing News Archives

Athens Olympics Boxing Medals and Results

- Light flyweight (48kg)
- Flyweight (51kg)
- Bantamweight (54kg)
- Featherweight (57kg)
- Lightweight (60kg)
- Light welterweight (64kg)
- Welterweight (69kg)
- Middleweight (75kg)
- Light heavyweight (81kg)
- Heavyweight (91kg)
- Super heavyweight (+91kg)

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Related Olympic Boxing Links

- ESPN Olympic Boxing
- NBC Olympics - Boxing
- BBC - Olympics Boxing
- Athens Olympic Boxing - Stars to Watch
- Beginners Guide to Olympic Boxing

Athens Olympic Boxing Finals Schedule

Saturday, August 14
6:30 AM
Men's Middle Weight (75kg)

8:01 AM
Men's Light Heavy Weight (81kg)

Saturday, August 28
12:30 PM
Men's Fly Weight (51kg)

1:06 PM
Men's Feather Weight (57kg)

1:41 PM
Men's Light Welter Weight (64kg)

2:16 PM
Men's Middle Weight (75kg)

2:51 PM
Men's Heavy Weight (91kg)

Sunday, August 29
6:30 AM
Men's Light Fly Weight (48kg)

7:06 AM
Men's Bantam Weight (54kg)

7:41 AM
Men's Light Weight (60kg)

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