Vasily Levit

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Vasily Levit
Vasiliy Levit 2016 stamp of Kazakhstan.jpg
Levit on a 2016 stamp of Kazakhstan
Personal information
Nationality Kazakh
Born (1988-02-24) 24 February 1988 (age 30)
Fyodorvka, Fyodorov District, Kostanay Region, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Sport Boxing

Vasily Levit (born 24 February 1988) is a Kazakh heavyweight boxer who won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1][2]


In the 2016 Olympic final Levit was controversially defeated by Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko via a unanimous judge's decision.[2][3][4] The crowd reacted with shock and anger to the result,[2][3] and several boxing professionals criticised the decision, with some suggesting Levit should have been awarded all three rounds.[5] At the medal ceremony, Levit put his fingers to his lips to discourage the crowd from booing Tischenko.[2] Afterwards, Levit said that he felt that he had won the fight, but declined to criticise the judges and said that Tischenko deserved respect.[2]

He won the bronze medal at the 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships in the Heavyweight category.


  1. ^ "Vasily Levit". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Russian boxer Evgeny Tishchenko booed after winning Olympic gold". CNN. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Boxing: Russia's Tishchenko wins heavyweight gold to boos". Reuters. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Rio 2016: Tishchenko wins controversial boxing heavyweight gold". Times of India. AFP. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  5. ^ Robinson, Isaac (16 August 2016). "Shane McGuigan and BJ Flores among those to condemn Olympic boxing judging". Sky Sports. Retrieved 16 August 2016.