Was there actually a curse upon the 2012 Olympic flag-bearers?
The Olympic boxing tournament saved the best for last.
In the final fight on the card, Britain’s Anthony Joshua won the super heavyweight gold on a countback over defending gold medalist Roberto Cammarelle of Italy.
Joshua trailed after two rounds, 13-10, but with the British crowd urging him on, Joshua found new life. At the end, the fight was even at 18.
In that event, the first tiebreaker is a countback of the total punches landed, with the top and bottom scores thrown out. When those were tallied, Joshua was the winner.
Egor Mekhontcev of Russia won the light heavyweight gold medal in a bout that was almost literally too close to call.
The silver went to Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan.
After three rounds, the fight was scored a tie, 15-15. The tiebreaker then moves to a countback: The fighters’ high and low scores on punches are removed and the rest are totaled.
That, too, ended in a tie.
At that point it’s a judges’ decision. They simply hit a red or blue button – each Olympic fighter is clad in red or blue, no matter his country’s colors – and that determines the winner.
In this fight, they chose the red corner of Mekhontcev.
Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan quieted the crowd by dominating Britain’s Freddie Evans from start to finish to win the welterweight gold medal, 17-9.
Kazakhstan has won gold in this division in three straight Olympics.
Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine completely dominated the lightweight gold medal final, beating Soonchul Han of South Korea, 19-9, and adding to his country’s boxing medal haul.
Lomachenko hasn’t lost a fight since the 2007 world championships and won a gold medal in Beijing in the featherweight division, which no longer exists.
Ukraine finishes the Games with five boxing medals, two gold, a silver and two bronze medals.
Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana of Cuba won the flyweight gold medal Sunday, defeating Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia, 17-14.
The gold for Ramirez Carrazana gives Cuba two in boxing at these Games after being shut out of golds in Beijing.
The 18-year-old nicknamed “Fly” danced, spun around and did a few pushups in celebration.
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Heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine outscored Clemente Russo of Italy in the third round, 6-3, to take the gold medal.
The bout was tied at 8 points apiece after two rounds. When the final result — a 14-11 decision — was announced, Russo – a silver medalist in Beijing – embraced Usyk, who then performed a series of dances in the ring, the perfect end to Saturday’s fight card.
Ryota Murata of Japan won the middleweight gold medal Saturday, 14-13, helped when Esquiva Falcao of Brazil was warned by the judges during the third round.
The round began with Murata leading, 9-8, but Falcao appeared to be winning when he drew a warning from the judges, which carries with it two points for his opponent. The third round was scored 5-5. The result drew some boos from the crowd at ExCeL South.
In the bout for the welterweight gold medal, Roniel Iglesias of Cuba defeated Denys Berinchyk of Ukraine, 22-15.
The first two rounds were close but Iglesias outscored Berinchyk, 11-6, in the third round to break away.