Olympics Summer

Men's 57kg

Who to look for in the men's 57kg weight class

Name  Albert Selimov 
Country  Russia 
Credentials  Reigning world and European champion.                                                                            

Name  Vasyl Lomachenko 
Country  Ukraine 
Credentials  2007 world silver medallist.                                                                                                 

Name  Li Yang 
Country  China 
Credentials  2007 world bronze medallist                                                                                              

Name  Bahodirgon Sultanov 
Country  Uzbekistan 
Credentials  2006 Asian Games champion.                                                                                          

Name  Iidel Torriente 
Country  Cuba 
Credentials  2007 Pan Am Games champion.                                                                                       

On a roll

Albert Selimov. The Russian had little trouble winning his first world title in Chicago, which included a convincing win over Lomachenko in the final.

"He's stronger than all of the other boxers in this division," said Adrian Teodorescu, owner of Atlas Gym in Toronto, and also the former coach of ex-heavyweight and Olympic champion Lennox Lewis. "He has an excellent jab and his body punching will be an advantage."

On a slide

Raynell Williams, USA. Williams qualified for the Beijing Olympic at last year's world championship but only advanced to the quarter-finals before losing a lopsided 25-8 decision to Selimov.

The X factor

Li Yang. Yang is one of many Chinese boxers who has been working with Cuban coaches. The work has paid off as he's already earned a world bronze medal.

Under the radar

Iidel Torriente. The Cuban national team has fallen on hard times as of late, but Torriente is one of the more accomplished fighters in the division.


Lomachenko is the only boxer who can give Selimov any kind of a fight in Beijing. The Ukraine fighter competes in a lot of tournaments and his experience should give him an advantage. Still, Lomachenko was beaten 16-11 by his Russian counterpart, a decision that isn't expected to change at the Olympics.

"I think Lomachenko will do well in Beijing, but he won't beat Selimov," said Teodorescu. "It's a very tough weight class."

Medal Predictions

Gold: Albert Selimov

Silver: Vasyl Lomachenko

Bronze: Li Yang

Bronze: Iidel Torriente