Olympics Summer

Men's 51kg

Who to look for in the men's 51kg weight class

Name  Rau'Shee Warren 
Country  USA 
Credentials  Reigning world champion.                                                                                                

Name  Georgi Balakshin 
Country  Russian 
Credentials  Reigning European champion.                                                                                        

Name  Somjit Jongjohor 
Country  Thailand 
Credentials  2007 world silver medallist. 2005 world champion.                                                          

Name  Kumar Jitender 
Country  India 
Credentials  2007 world junior champion.                                                                                           

Name  Tulashboy Doniyorov 
Country  Uzbekistan  
Credentials  2004 Olympic quarter-finalist.                                                                                         

On a roll

Rau'Shee Warren. The American travels to Beijing as the favourite to win gold after winning in his weight class at the world championship in 2007.

On a slide

Somjit Jongjohor. Jongjohor headed into last year's worlds as the defending world champion. However, a 13-9 decision to Warren in the final set the Thailand fighter back.

The X factor

Georgi Balakshin. Balakshin was overmatched in his bout with Warren at the 2007 world championship, but the Russian remains a serious threat to win gold in Beijing.

"I expect Balakshin and the American to meet in the final," said Adrian Teodorescu, owner of Atlas Gym in Toronto, and also the former coach of ex-heavyweight and Olympic champion Lennox Lewis. "He's a good fighter with a lot of experience."

Under the radar

Kumar Jitender. The 20-year-old Indian fighter may be one of the youngest boxers in the Olympics, but Jitender has the speed and skill set to make a run at the podium."

"This kid is not to be taken lightly," said Teodorescu.


Warren hasn't fought a lot since winning gold at the worlds championships, but is a good bet to repeat in Beijing. The American thumped Galakshin 23-13 in the qualifying rounds, and then outlasted Jongjohor in the final despite having his tooth knocked out by a head-butt.

"This is a tough division and it won't be easy for any fighter," said Teodorescu.

Medal Predictions

Gold: Rau'shee Warren

Silver: Georgi Balakshin

Bronze: Kumar Jitender

Bronze: Somjit Jongjohor