Boxing: 13 American Nations Qualify After Continental Qualifier

13 nations qualified athletes at the 2016 American Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament. In the men’s events the top two in the light flyweight, flyweight, bantamweight, light welterweight and light heavyweight and the top three in the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight qualified to the Olympics. For the women’s events the top lightweight and top two flyweight and middleweight qualified to the Olympics. The differences in quotas are due to the subtraction caused by Brazil using a host quota. The American Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from March 11th to March 19th 2016.

Overall 33 nations compete in 10 men’s and 3 women’s weight classes. The first day of finals saw the results of six men’s events. 2015 world silver medalist Erislandy Savon of Cuba won the men’s heavyweight (-91kg) over Argentina’s Yamil Peralta. Brazil won the third quota by winning a box-off. Argentina also qualified by winning the men’s flyweight (-52kg) over Dominican Republic’s Leonel De Los Santos. Both Colombia and the United States qualified in the men’s light flyweight and (-49kg) and middleweight (-75kg) as the two nations split the events respectively. Mexico also qualified in the middleweight class. Canada’s 2015 Pan American gold medalist Arthur Biyarslanov won in the men’s light welterweight as he defeated Venezuela’s Luis Arcon. Venezuela also qualified in a second event by finishing runner-up to Ecuador’s Carlos Mina in the men’s light heavyweight (-81kg).

In the women’s events 2015 Pan American gold medalist Mandy Bujold defeated Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia in the women’s flyweight (-51kg) as both qualified to the Olympics. United States’ Mikaela Myers grabbed the only quota in the women’s lightweight (-60kg) as she defeated Mexico’s Victoria Torres in the final. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields will get to defend her crown as she won the middleweight (-75kg) by defeating Canada’s Ariane Fortin, whom also qualified to the Olympics.

The second day of finals saw Cuba becoming the first nation to qualify in all ten of the men’s events as they won gold in the welterweight (-69kg) and in the super heavyweight (+91kg). Venezuela won the lightweight (-60kg) event by defeating Honduras in the final and also qualified in the welterweight. The other event, the bantamweight (-56kg) was won by the United States’ Shakur Stevenson whom defeated Argentina’s Alberto Melian. Argentina also did well on this day as they also qualified in the lightweight and welterweight. The other qualified nations were Trinidad and Tobago and US Virgin Islands, both qualified in the super heavyweight.

As a reminder the women’s world championship will have higher priority so if one of the above athletes qualified through that then the next highest ranked nation here would qualify. For the men, unqualified nations will still have a chance to qualify in two more events.


Quotas by Nations

  • Argentina – 5
  • United States – 5
  • Venezuela – 4
  • Cuba – 3
  • Canada – 3
  • Colombia – 3
  • Brazil – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Honduras – 1
  • Mexico – 1
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 1
  • US Virgin Islands – 1




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