|Credentials||Two-time and reigning world champion. 2006 European champion.|
|Credentials||Defending Olympic champion. 2007 world bronze medallist.|
|Credentials||2007 world silver medallist.|
|Credentials||2007 Pan Am Games champion.|
|Credentials||Won the 2007 U.S. Olympic Trials.|
|Credentials||Reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 world championships.|
On a roll
Matvey Korobov. Korobov has been unstoppable during the last three years. Aside from his two world titles, Korobov is also remembered for earning a final-round TKO over Canadian IBF world super middleweight champion Lucien Bute at the 2003 worlds.
"He's a very experienced fighter who knows how to take care of his own business," said Adrian Teodorescu, owner of Atlas Gym in Toronto, and also the former coach of ex-heavyweight and Olympic champion Lennox Lewis.
On a slide
Shawn Estrada. While Estrada earned his Olympic berth at the world championship in 2007, he was upset in the third round by Kazakhstan fighter Konstantin Buga.
The X factor
Nabil Kassel, Algeria. Kassel participated in the Athens Games and then won the African championships the following year. After winning the All-African Games in 2007, Kassel qualified for his second Olympics in January.
Under the radar
Wang Jianzheng. The Chinese boxer out-pointed his first three opponents by an impressive 59-33 advantage before losing to Korobov in the quarter-finals.
Korobov decided not to participate at the 2004 Athens Olympics but has since annihilated the division since winning the 2005 world title against Cuban Emilio Correa. The Russian then toyed with the competition at the 2007 word championship in Chicago, registering four TKO's in six bouts.
"This division is a battle for the silver medal because Korobov won't lose," said Teodorescu.
Gold: Matvey Korobov
Silver: Bakhtiyar Artayev
Bronze: Alfonso Blanco
Bronze: Wang Jianzheng