2012 Olympics | July 27 - August 12
Posted: Sunday August 12, 2012 10:58AM ; Updated: Sunday August 12, 2012 10:58AM

Boxing roundup: Britain's Joshua wins super heavyweight gold

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Super heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua lives and trains in London

Two-time welterweight world champ Serik Sapiyev got redemption after Beijing

Flyweight Robeisy Ramirez gave Cuba its second boxing medal of these Games

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LONDON (AP) -- Anthony Joshua won the Olympic super heavyweight gold medal in thrilling fashion Sunday, rallying from a third-round deficit to beat defending champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in a tiebreaker.

Joshua trailed 13-10 entering the third round, but landed several big shots. The judges scored the fight even at 18, but Joshua won on the countback tiebreaker, which evaluates larger parts of the judges' total scores.

Joshua lives and trains in London, putting an appropriate finale on the 16-day, 272-bout tournament. Joshua won Britain's third boxing gold medal at these Olympics, joining bantamweight Luke Campbell and women's flyweight Nicola Adams. Cammarelle narrowly missed defending his Beijing gold. He is a three-time Olympic medalist, also winning bronze in Athens.

Welterweight

LONDON (AP) -- Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan won the gold medal in the men's welterweight division Sunday at the Olympic boxing tournament, overcoming Freddie Evans' home-crowd support in a 17-9 victory.

Sapiyev earned redemption for his Olympic performance four years ago in Beijing, where the two-time world champion lost in the first round.

Sapiyev dominated Evans, the cagey fighter from Wales who unexpectedly reached the gold-medal bout. Sapiyev took a 10-5 lead into the third round by soundly outworking his British opponent, connecting with power shots from multiple angles.

Sapiyev's gold is the sixth for Kazakhstan in its Olympic boxing history.

He fought at light welterweight in Beijing before moving up in preparation for London.

Light heavyweight

LONDON (AP) Egor Mekhontsev won the light heavyweight gold medal on the second tiebreaker Sunday, squeaking past Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov in the Olympic boxing tournament.

The fighters finished at 15 points each, and the countback tiebreaker - which evaluates larger parts of the judges' total scores - also was level. The five judges then voted for their choice, and Mekhontsev won Russia's only boxing gold in London.

Mekhontsev was the world champion heavyweight in 2009, but moved down one weight class for London.

Niyazymbetov again finished as a runner-up, his same spot in last year's world championships.

Flyweight

LONDON (AP) -- Flyweight Robeisy Ramirez won Cuba's second Olympic boxing gold medal of the games Sunday, capping a stellar run through the tournament with a 17-14 victory over Mongolia's Tugstsogt Nyambayar.

The 18-year-old Ramirez won Cuba's 34th Olympic boxing gold, second only to the U.S. team's 48.

Ramirez got his toughest test of the tournament from Nyambayar, who fell just short of winning only the third gold medal in Mongolia's Olympic history. Ramirez led by just one point entering the final round before surviving.

Lightweight

LONDON (AP) -- Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine won his second straight Olympic boxing gold medal on Sunday, completing his domination of the London lightweights with a 19-9 victory over South Korea's Han Soon-chul.

Lomachenko is the unofficial pound-for-pound king of amateur boxing after following up his featherweight gold in Beijing with two world championships. He is now the first two-time gold medal boxer in Ukraine's Olympic history.

Lomachenko was tested much more in his previous two fights in London than in the gold-medal bout. Han is a veteran amateur who had never done this well in an international tournament.

Lomachenko joined gold-medal winning teammate Oleksandr Usyk, who won the heavyweight division Saturday.

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