Of the 250 male boxers qualified for Rio 2016, 90 hailed from the world of WSB. By the end of competition, World Series of Boxing athletes had amassed an impressive six golds, five silver and 12 bronze medals.
The tone was set by Uzbekistan Tigers’ Light Flyweight (49kg) Hasanboy Dusmatov, after he won the first of the thirteen Rio 2016 finals against Colombia’s newest sensation Yuberjen Martinez. Dusmatov’s teammates Shakhobiddin Zoirov (52kg) and Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (64kg) were also crowned Olympic Champions in an unforgettable Games for the Central Asian team.
WSB Season VI Champions the Cuba Domadores matched the Tigers’ triple-gold feat thanks to brilliant performances from Robeisy Ramirez (56kg), Arlen Lopez (75kg) and team captain Julio Cesar La Cruz (81kg). Ramirez won an exceptional final against USA Knockouts’ rising star Shakur Stevenson, while Lopez defeated another Uzbek talent, Bektemir Melikuziev, who claimed silver alongside his teammate Shakhram Giyasov (69kg). Astana Arlans Kazakhstan’s Vassily Levit and British Lionhearts’ Joe Joyce (+91kg) were the two other WSB boxers to earn Olympic silvers in Rio.
The twelve WSB bronze medals were won by Cuba Domadores’ Johanys Argilagos (49kg), Lazaro Alvarez (60kg) and Erislandy Savon (91kg), United States’ Nico Hernandez (49kg), Venezuela’s Yoel Finol (52kg), Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev (56kg), Morocco’s Mohammed Rabii (69kg), France’s Souleymane Cissokho (69kg), Mexico’s Misael Rodriguez (75kg), Great Britain’s Joshua Buatsi (81kg), Uzbekistan’s Rustam Tulaganov (91kg) and Croatia’s Filip Hrgovic (+91kg).