Olympic Boxing 2012: Top Gold Medal Fights to Watch on Sunday

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Olympic Boxing 2012: Top Gold Medal Fights to Watch on Sunday
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Sunday will be a boxing fan's dream, as there are five men's gold medal fights at the 2012 London Olympics.

There are no Americans remaining, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the best young boxers in the world. The action begins at 8:30 a.m. ET, with fights being held in the fly, light, welter, light heavy and super heavyweight divisions.

Although all five fights will be worthwhile, make sure you tune in for the following three.

 

Fred Evans (GBR) vs. Serik Sapiyev (KAZ) - Welterweight (69 kg, 152 lbs)

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All of Great Britain will be rallying around Fred Evans, the 21-year-old Welshman who has had his sights set on gold since he saw compatriot Amir Kahn win the silver back in 2004.

Evans was labeled a prodigy after earning a trip to Beijing as a sparring partner, and he has lived up to that reputation thus far. In 2011, he became the first man from Wales to win gold at the European Championships in 86 years, defeating Mohamed Nurudzinau of Belarus 15-9.

He has followed that up with a great showing in London. Evans won his first two fights in dominant fashion then continued his success in highly contested battles against Clayton Custio of Canada and Taras Shelestyuk of Ukraine.

Evans is certainly capable of claiming the gold, but it won't be easy. Sapiyev has crushed each of his opponents in London and at 28 years old, he's much more experienced than Evans. This will definitely be an interesting fight.

 

Roberto Cammarelle (ITA) vs. Anthony Joshua (GBR) - Super Heavyweight (+91 kg, +201 lbs)

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Anthony Joshua will also have a chance to win a gold medal for the host nation after he narrowly defeated Ivan Dychko in the semifinals.

Now, he'll get a rematch with Cammarelle, the defending Olympic gold medalist who lost to Joshua at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships.

The 22-year-old Joshua has only been boxing for four years, but he's absolutely massive (6'6", 234 lbs) and he's ridiculously talented. His great technique and devastating power make him an absolute nightmare in the ring, and at such a young age, he's only going to get better.

The 32-year-old Cammarelle is obviously more experienced, but Joshua has already proven he can beat him. It will be close, but look for Joshua to win another gold medal for Great Britain.

 

Vasyl Lomachenko (UKR) vs. Han Soon-Chul (KOR) - Lightweight (60 kg, 132 lbs)

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Vasyl Lomachenko is always worth a watch, as the 24-year-old is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound amateur boxer in the world.

At just 24 years old, Lomachenko has already accomplished so much in his career. He won gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the Games best boxer. He then followed that up with World Championships in 2009 and 2011.

Lomachenko has continued his dominance in London, beating his first three opponents by a combined score of 43-23. He will look to have a similar result against Soon-Chul, the 27-year-old Korean who has surprised some by making the final.

I'm expecting Soon-Chul to put up a fight early, but eventually, Lomachenko will prove why he was the overwhelming favorite to win gold in London.

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