London 2012 Olympics: Boxing Preview, Top Medalist Hopes From Around the World

To conclude our Olympic boxing preview, here is a look at some of the boxers from around the world who I think have the best chances of success in London.


Vasyl Lomachenko 24, Lightweight

Olympic gold medal winner 2008. World Champion 2011 and 2009. Sliver medal 2007. European Champion 2008. Val Barker trophy (best boxer) 2008 Olympics,

I have covered Lomachenko quite extensively already, but for those new to the sport who haven't seen or heard of him, it's fair to say that he is the best amateur in the world at any weight class. Has not lost a single fight since 2007 (although some would say he was a bit lucky to get past Brazilian Robson Conceicao in the World's quarter final), so why the AIBA don't have him ranked No. 1 at lightweight only they can answer. I really hope that he turns pro after London, whatever happens. He's already won everything there is to win and more than proven his dominance in the unpaid ranks.

Cuba's Yasniel Toledo Lopez, who lost to Lomachenko 17-12 in the World's final, and the Italian, Domenico Valentino, are the men who have the best chance of unseating the Ukrainian.

AIBA world ranking - No. 2 of 40

Prediction: Gold medal.

Denis Berinchyk 24, Light Welterweight

Despite losing a close fight (26-23) in the final of the World Championships to Brazil's Everton Lopes, Berinchyk is one of my favourite amateur fighters. He has a crowd pleasing style, probably more suited to the pros, and keeps coming forward aggressively, picking his shots and attacking the body. I really like his chances of overturning the loss to Lopes, which, when considering that Lopes' was flopping around on the floor, trying to buy time, I thought he just about deserved to win anyway.

AIBA ranking - No. 7 of 32.

Prediction: Gold medal.

Oleksandr Usyk 25, Heavyweight

The current (2011) World Champion, who also won the bronze in 2009 and the 2008 European Championships, Usyk is the favourite to win his division with the bookies but will face some strong competition from the likes of Azerbaijan's Teymur Mammadov, who lost to Usyk in the World's final (25-15), current World Series of Boxing Heavyweight champion, Clemente Russo of Italy, and Artur Beterbiev of Russia.

AIBA ranking - No. 3 of 27.

Prediction - Gold medal.

Other Ukrainians to look out for: Ievgen Khytrov (2011 middleweight World Champion), Taras Shelestyuk (2011 welterweight World Champion), Oleksandr Gvosdyk (light heavyweight).