As some new iconic, memorable bouts are taking place at the Tokyo Olympic until the final determination of its medalists, why not take a look at those of past days and more specifically Olympics boxing 2016 gold medal winners?
Boxing at the Summer Olympics has provided new fighters with a welter of opportunities to gain popularity and showcase their immense talents to the world.
Boxing has been added to Summer Olympic Games since 1904 and except for the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, it continues to be part of it until today.
But even at the 2008 Summer Olympics, males just were allowed to fight as boxers at Summer Olympics, until 2012 that women's boxing has become part of the event too.
Therefore in our list of Olympic medalists in boxing, women are included too since we have ranked Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Champions of 2016 in this article.
It is also notable to suggest that since the 2016 Summer Olympics, male fighters are no longer have to wear protective headgear in the tournaments, in as much as the AIBA and the IOC ruled that it would increase the concussion risk. But sportswomen still wear the headgear, because there is not much data to prove its effectiveness on women.
While boxing competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were held from 6 to 21 August 2016 at the Pavilion 6 of Riocentro just according to 2012 format, men fought in the following ten events:
Light flyweight (49kg)
Light welterweight (64kg)
Light heavyweight (81kg)
Super heavyweight (+91kg)
At the same time, female fighters competed in these three categories of events.
Here we would take you through the Olympics boxing 2016 gold medal winners in each weight category of events. In case you are interested in the sport,The Best Boxers Who Were Olympic Medalists Too
may find you well.
Game category: Flyweight
Country: Great Britain
She is a British retired professional boxer who fought in the rings from 2017 to 2019. She was the first amateur female boxer, who became an Olympic champion when she lit up the ring at the 2012 London Olympics.
Then she won her first World Championship gold preceding to defend her flyweight title at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, so as to become professional in 2017.
That is to say as of 27 May 2016 she was the reigning Olympic, World and European Games champion at flyweight; and also managed to win the entire set of amateur championships that was available to her.
But as one of the
Olympics boxing 2016 gold medal winners
, she announced her retirement on 6 November 2019 as she suffered a torn pupil to such an extent that any further impact to her eye would incur irreparable damages to her sight and even may lead to permanent vision loss.
Game category: Flyweight
Estelle Mossely is a French professional boxer included in the
list of Olympic medalists in boxing
who has held the IBO women lightweight title since 2019.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she edged a nervy split-points decision 2-1 over China's Yin Junhua in their battle of lightweight event, while the Finish Mira Potkonen and the Anastasiia Beliakova of Russia each won a bronze medal.
Therefore she was awarded the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and became the first Frenchwoman to win the Olympic boxing gold medal, while she saw her fiance Tony Yoka fight of the male's super-heavyweight final less than an hour earlier.
It is worthwhile mentioning that on 2 August 2017, she and Tony Yoka who is also included in our list of Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Champions, became blessed with a son called Ali.
Moreover, as of September 2020, she earned the spot number fourth in The Ring's ranking of the world's best active female lightweight.
Game category: Middleweight
She is an American professional boxer and mixed martial artist who is also the current record holder of being a two and three-weight world champion in the fewest professional fights. The Ring and BoxRec have ranked her as the world's best active female light middleweight as of November 2020.
Amazingly she is the only boxer in history who managed to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO at the same time in two weight classes.
At the 2012 London Games, while she was just 17 years old and had yet to graduate from high school, she became the first U.S. woman to receive a boxing gold medal, as she beat Russian Nadezda Torlopova in the middleweight division, and therefore became a true legend.
Then four years later, in the gold-medal bout against Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands, she managed to win 3-0 by unanimous decision.
As a result, she became the first American boxer—female or male—to collect consecutive Olympic gold medals so as to be also included in the list of
Olympics boxing 2016 gold medal winners
Game category: Light flyweight
He is an Uzbek professional boxer who took part in the Summer Olympics of 2016 and as an amateur, he managed to get a gold medal as a light flyweight in the tournament.
In the round of 16, he beat Mexican Joselito Velázquez 3–0 and in the quarter-finals, he grabbed triumph over Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan 3–0.
Most spectacularly not only he defeated the American Nico Hernandez 3–0 in the Semi-finals but also he beat Colombian Yuberjen Martínez 3–0 in the final so as to carve his name in history as one of the Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Champions.
Game category: Flyweight
He is a Uzbekistani professional boxer who is included on the list of Olympic medalists in boxing as he managed to win gold medals at the 2016
and 2019 World Championships, both in the flyweight division as an amateur fighter.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics he beat the Irish Brendan Irvine 3–0 in the round of 32, the American Antonio Vargas 3–0 in the round of 16, Elvin Mamishzada of Azerbaijan 3–0 in the quarter-final as well as the Venezuelan Yoel Finol 3–0 in the Semi-finals.
Moreover not only he defeated the Russian Mikhail Aloyan 3–0 in the Final but also proved that when all else fails, he would be more determined to put together a scrappy bout to get the edge.
Now after topping the boxing medals table in Rio and winning the 2019 world title as well as fighting his first three professional bouts, he has come back in the Tokyo Olympic ring so as to defend his title.
Game category: Bantamweight
He is a Cuban professional fighter who competed in his field of sport,
boxing at the summer Olympics
and as an amateur, he bagged gold medals both at the 2012 Olympics in the flyweight division and at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the bantamweight event.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he beat Indian Shiva Thapa 3–0 in the round of 32, the Moroccan Mohamed Hamout 2–1 in the round of 16, the Chinese Zhang Jiawei 3–0 in the quarter-finals, Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan 3–0 in the semi-finals and the American Shakur Stevenson 2–1 in the final.
Game Category: Lightweight
He is a Brazilian professional boxer who is honoured to become the first Brazilian amateur boxer to be awarded an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.
After only four-month that he joined the Brazilian boxing team, he fought the qualifiers for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Notwithstanding his falling in the first American qualifier to Idel Torriente, he managed to win all fights so as to earn an Olympic spot. But he finally lost his opening match to Li Yang.
Afterwards, at the 2012 London Olympics, again he was in his first match. In pursuit of participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics, he did not turn professional and therefore got contracted with the Brazilian Navy for the sake of gaining the scholarship and training facilities reserved for military sportspeople.
Then at the Rio Olympics, he won four uncontested bouts, encompassing more than three times world champion Lázaro Álvarez and European silver medal winner Sofiane Oumiha, to the end of becoming the first Brazilian boxer to win an Olympic gold medal.
Following the 2016 Olympics, he got contracted a professional promotion contract with Top Rank and ended his amateur career with a record of 405–15.
Game Category: Light welterweight
He is an Uzbek professional boxer that presently fights at welterweight and is honoured to become one of the Olympics boxing 2016 gold medal winners.
As an amateur boxer, in 2015 he managed to get silver medals at the world and Asian championships in the light welterweight divisions. At the 2012 London Olympics, he beat Yhyacinthe Mewoli Abdon 11–6 in the round of 32 and then he defeated Jose Ramírez 15–11 in the round of 16.
But unfortunately, he was beaten 13–16 in the quarterfinals by the final silver medalist Han Soon-Chul. Afterwards, at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he gathered his momentum so as to receive the gold medal in 2016 in the light welterweight division.
To achieve this championship, he had to beat Dival Malonga of the Republic of Congo in the round of 32, the Indian Manoj Kumar in the round of 16, the American Gary Antuanne Russell in the quarterfinals, the Russian Vitaly Dunaytsev in the semifinals, and eventually the Azerbaijani Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo in the finals.
Game Category: Welterweight
He is a Kazakh professional boxer who is considered to be one of the Olympics boxing 2016 gold medal winners. As an amateur fighter, he took part in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and was awarded a gold medal in the latter one. Likewise, he collected gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games; the 2013 World Championships; and silver at the 2015 World Championships.
At the 2012 London Olympics, he participated in the light welterweight divisions and defeated the American Jamel Herring 19–9 as well as the Iranian Mehdi Tolouti 19–10, but he was beaten 12–16 by the Italian Vincenzo Mangiacapre.
Moreover at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as the captain of the Kazakhstan Boxing Team, he was assumed to be a favourite in the division of welterweight, and exactly as it was expected from him, he spectacularly won all of his bouts via dominant 3-0 decisions.
That is to say, he spectacularly beat the undefeated top British prospect, Josh Kelly in the 2nd round, the Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre, the French Souleymane Cissokho and Shakhram Giyasov of Uzbekistan so as to bag the gold medal.
His style bears a striking resemblance to Vasyl Lomachenko and Floyd Mayweather Jr. owing to his outstanding hand and foot speed, his works off angles, his impeccable defence and his immense power in both hands.
It is also pertinent to note that he is considered to be the 4th straight Kazakhstan boxer to receive gold in the welterweight division, and also is regarded as the first of those Olympic champions to turn professional.
Game Category: Middleweight
He is a Cuban boxer who managed to bag the gold medal in the men's middleweight divisions at the 2016 Rio
. To achieve this victory, he beat Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan by unanimous decision in the middleweight final as he swept the scores 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
Besides, he earned a spot for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo through the IOC Boxing Task Force rankings and is currently competing at the tournament.
Moreover, in 2019 he moved up from the middleweight category_the division that he won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro_ to the light heavyweight division and now must increase his adaptability to the rivals who might punch harder than in his previous division.
Game Category: Light heavyweight
The 31-year-old Cuban, known by the nickname of 'La Sombra' (the shadow) is an amateur boxer who has anchored the light heavyweight world titles of 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 to his name.
He was awarded the Gold at the Pan American Games in 2011, 2015, and 2019, along with the Olympic gold medal in 2016. Moreover, he was recognized as the best boxer between 2011 and 2013 by the American Boxing Confederation.
Although at the 2012 London Olympics he had his upset by Falcão Florentino in the quarterfinals in a rematch from the 2011 Pan American Games, he managed to bag the gold medal at the men's light heavyweight division at the Rio Olympics.
After Olympic gold and four world titles at light-heavyweight, he was defeated at the 2019 World Championships, therefore his participation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021 is a matter of revenge so as to defend his previous Olympic title.
But it seems that, unlike other Cuban athletes, he benefitted from the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics so as to be recovered from chickenpox.
Game Category: Heavyweight
He is a Russian professional boxer who is considered to be among the
Olympics boxing 2016 gold medal winners
. As an amateur fighter, he managed to collect gold medals at the 2016 Olympics, 2015 World Championships, and the 2015 and 2017 European Championships and silver at the 2013 and 2017 World Championships.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he was awarded a gold medal after he beat Kazakhstan's Vasily Levit on a controversial unanimous decision in the final to such an extent that it was ended up to the angry crowd reactions in the final and medal ceremony.
In response, although he had an upset, he just reacted quickly to urge them to respect the medal ceremony by putting his finger on his lips and asking for quiet.
Game Category: Super heavyweight
He is a French professional boxer who is widely known by the nickname "L'Artiste" (The Artist). As an amateur fighter, at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Rio Olympics, he collected gold medals in the super-heavyweight event.
His winning the gold at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships, saw him earn a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro.
Then he won the gold in his bout against the British boxer, Joe Joyce, in the super heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games, so as to get the first Super Heavyweight gold medal in France history. But preceding to this fight, he defeated Hussein Ishaish in the quarter-final and Filip Hrgović in the semi-final.