LONDON (AP) - Luke Campbell of Britain won the bantamweight gold medal in the Olympic boxing tournament Saturday night, knocking down John Joe Nevin of Ireland midway through the third round of a 14-11 victory.
Campbell thrilled the roaring home crowd before bursting into tears in the ring.
Campbell won the rubber match with Nevin, his friendly local rival. Nevin beat Campbell soundly in their first meeting three years ago, but Campbell edged Nevin on a tiebreaker at the world championships last year.
Nevin, a two-time Olympian who knocked off world champion Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba, fell just short of winning Ireland's second men's boxing gold medal _ and just the 10th gold medal in Ireland's Olympic history.
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