at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueRiocentro – Pavilion 6
Dates6–21 August 2016
No. of events13
Competitors286 from 76 nations
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The boxing tournaments at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 21 August 2016 at the Pavilion 6 of Riocentro.[1]

Competition format

On March 23, 2013, the Amateur International Boxing Association instituted significant changes to the format. The World Series of Boxing, AIBA's pro team league which started in 2010, already enabled team members to retain 2012 Olympic eligibility. The newer AIBA Pro Boxing Tournament, consisting of pros who sign 5 year contracts with AIBA and compete on pro cards leading up to the tournament, also provides a pathway for new pros to retain their Olympic eligibility and retain ties with national committees. The elimination of headgear and the adoption of the "10-point must" scoring system further clears the delineation between amateur and pro format.[2][3]

Similar to 2012 format, men competed in the following ten events:

As for the women, they were eligible to compete in the following three events:

Qualifying criteria

Main article: Boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Qualification

Each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to one athlete in each event. Six places (five men and one woman) were reserved for the host nation Brazil, while the remaining places were allocated to the Tripartite Invitation Commission. Because non-AIBA professional boxers were eligible to compete for the first time at the Olympics, a total of thirty-seven places had been reserved and thereby distributed to pros; twenty were qualified through the AIBA Pro Boxing Series with two for each event, while seventeen through the World Series of Boxing. Each continent had a quota of places to be filled through the two amateur and semi-pro league tournaments.[4]

Qualification events were:

Competition schedule

There were two sessions of competition on most days of the 2016 Olympics Boxing program, an afternoon session (A), starting at 11:00 BRT, and an evening session (E), starting at 17:00 BRT. Starting on August 17, days contained only one session, beginning at 14:00 BRT.

P Preliminary rounds ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
Date → Sat 6 Sun 7 Mon 8 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sun 21
Event ↓ A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A A A A A
Men's light flyweight P P ¼ ½ F
Men's flyweight P P ¼ ½ F
Men's bantamweight P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's lightweight P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's light welterweight P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's welterweight P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's middleweight P P P P ½ F
Men's light heavyweight P P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's heavyweight P P ¼ ½ F
Men's super heavyweight P P ¼ ½ F
Women's flyweight P ¼ ½ F
Women's lightweight P ¼ ½ F
Women's middleweight P ¼ ½ F


Participating nations



Games Gold Silver Bronze
Light flyweight
Hasanboy Dusmatov
Yuberjén Martínez
Joahnys Argilagos
Nico Hernández
 United States
Shakhobidin Zoirov
Yoel Finol
Hu Jianguan
Robeisy Ramírez
Shakur Stevenson
 United States
Vladimir Nikitin
Murodjon Akhmadaliev
Robson Conceição
Sofiane Oumiha
Lázaro Álvarez
Dorjnyambuugiin Otgondalai
Light welterweight
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov
Lorenzo Sotomayor
Vitaly Dunaytsev
Artem Harutyunyan
Daniyar Yeleussinov
Shakhram Giyasov
Mohammed Rabii
Souleymane Cissokho
Arlen López
Bektemir Melikuziev
Misael Rodríguez
Kamran Shakhsuvarly
Light heavyweight
Julio César La Cruz
Adilbek Niyazymbetov
Mathieu Bauderlique
Joshua Buatsi
 Great Britain
Evgeny Tishchenko
Vasiliy Levit
Rustam Tulaganov
Erislandy Savón
Super heavyweight
Tony Yoka
Joe Joyce
 Great Britain
Filip Hrgović
Ivan Dychko

Men's flyweight Misha Aloian of  Russia originally won the silver medal, but was disqualified after he tested positive for Tuaminoheptane.[5]


Games Gold Silver Bronze
Nicola Adams
 Great Britain
Sarah Ourahmoune
Ren Cancan
Ingrit Valencia
Estelle Mossely
Yin Junhua
Mira Potkonen
Anastasia Belyakova
Claressa Shields
 United States
Nouchka Fontijn
Dariga Shakimova
Li Qian

Medal summary

Medal table

  *   Host nation (Brazil)

1 Uzbekistan3227
2 Cuba3036
3 France2226
4 Kazakhstan1225
5 Great Britain1113
 United States1113
7 Russia[a]1034
8 Brazil*1001
9 China0134
10 Azerbaijan0112
12 Netherlands0101
14 Croatia0011
Totals (19 nations)13132551


See also: Cheating in Sports

Controversy surrounded the new judging system; the new system counts has five judges who judge each bout, and a computer randomly selects three whose scores are counted. Traditionally, judges would use a computer scoring system to count each punch landed, but in 2016 the winner of each round was awarded 10 points and the loser a lower number, based on criteria which includes the quality of punches landed, effective aggression and tactical superiority.[6]

Two results in particular attracted controversy (both involving Russian athletes whose victories were put in question): the defeat of Kazakh Vasily Levit by Russian Evgeny Tishchenko in the men's heavyweight gold-medal fight, drawing jeers from the audience,[7] and the defeat of Irish boxer Michael Conlan by Russian Vladimir Nikitin in the men's bantamweight quarter-final, after which Conlan accused AIBA and the Russian team of cheating, even tweeting to Russian President Vladimir Putin "Hey Vlad, How much did they charge you bro??" [6][8] The AIBA would remove an unspecified number of judges and referees following the controversy, stating that they "determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected" and "that the concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games"; however, the original decision would still remain.[9][10]

In 2019 the IOC stripped the AIBA of the right to organise the tournament at the 2020 Olympics, due to "issues in the areas of finance, governance, ethics and refereeing and judging".[11]

On 30 September 2021, 6 years after the conclusion of the games, an independent report by professor Richard McLaren confirmed that there was a system in place at the games that manipulated the results of boxing matches. The report stated that there were at least 11 fights at the Rio games that were suspicious, including the controversial defeats of Conlan and Levit as well as the gold medal match between France's Tony Yoka and Great Britain's Joe Joyce. It was reported that there was possible favouritism towards the French team during the tournament as the executive director of the AIBA, Karim Bouzidi, was French. Other fights were reportedly manipulated to allow Yoka an easier route to the final whilst there was a bribery attempt in a fight involving France's Sofiane Oumiha. The report also stated that there were 11 other fights that would have had different outcomes if the controversial new scoring system was not put in place.[12]


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