2012 Olympic Games: Boxers Who'll Steal Show in Saturday's Gold Medal Bouts

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Oleksandr Usyk (R) of Ukraine competes against Tervel Pulev of Bulgaria during their Men's Heavy (91kg) Boxing bout on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 10, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The culmination of the 2012 London Olympics is upon us, and with it comes the handing out of 10 gold medals in just two days.

Five of those golds will be administered tomorrow as many enticing bouts are set to rock the boxing world and assume glory for those who win.

Boxing is one of the most endurance-challenging events of the Games as fighters are forced to face off day-in and day-out despite the most well-known professional boxers taking as much as a year off between fights. 

Let's take a look at the fighters who will steal the show on Saturday and win gold for their country.


Zou ShimingChina

One of the best light flyweight boxers in the world will have a chance to prove yet again that he is king.

Zou Shiming from China won gold in the 2008 Beijing Games, and will have the same opportunity Saturday as he faces off against Kaeo Pongprayoon of Thailand. 

Shiming has won three World Championship titles in 2005, 2007 and the most recent one in 2011, so expect him to continue where he left off and win another gold medal for China.


Oleksandr UsykUkraine

While one boxer is looking to repeat as a gold-medal champion, this one will be looking for a different type of victory.

Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine had a disappointing Games in 2008 as he was ousted by Italy's Clemente Russo in the quarterfinals of the heavyweight division. This year, he has a chance at redemption and there's no one he'd rather face.

He draws a familiar opponent in Russo in the gold medal match. Expect him to right his wrongs Saturday and claim Ukraine's fourth gold medal of these Olympics.


Falcao FlorentinoBrazil

Boxing isn't exactly a sport that Brazil excels in at the Olympics. In fact, they've been notoriously bad at it as they've yet to advance to a gold medal final.

That is, until these Games.

Falcao Florentino got his country into the final for the first time in Brazilian history, and looks to build on his improbable success Saturday. He'll be fighting in the middleweight division against Japan's Ryota Murata, who he lost to in the semifinals of the 2011 World Boxing Championship. 

He, like Usyk, will be looking for redemption and should find it to gain glory for his country and continue to add to Brazil's medal count.