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Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics

Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics took place in the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California, United States. The boxing schedule began on July 29 and ended on August 11. Twelve boxing events were contested with the participation of 354 fighters from 81 countries.[1] An upset, that bittered the event, was the absence of the Socialist countries' teams, Cuban, Soviet, and East German in particular, due to the ongoing boycott, that their governments due to political reasons imposed on the Olympics.

Non-participating teamsEdit

Had Cuba, Soviet Union, East Germany, Bulgaria, and Hungary participated in the Olympics, their teams would have encompassed the following athletes:

Weight class   Cuba   Soviet Union   East Germany   Bulgaria   Hungary
48 kg Juan Torres Odelin Karimzhan Abdrakhmanov Dietmar Geilich Hristo Bonev Róbert Isaszegi
51 kg Pedro Reyes Yuri Vilishchuk Mike Knuth Ivan Filchev Janos Varadi
54 kg Ramon Ledon Yuri Alexandrov Klaus-Dieter Kirchstein Galin Kolev Tibor Botos
57 kg Adolfo Horta Serik Nurkazov Frank Rauschning Dimitar Slavchev Róbert Gönczi
60 kg Angel Herrera Nurlan Abdykalykov Ingo Benske Hristo Furnigov László Bujdosó
63 kg Candelario Duvergel Vyacheslav Yanovskiy Siegfried Mehnert Yordan Lesov Imre Bácskai
67 kg Jose Luis Hernandez Serik Konakbayev Torsten Schmitz Rosen Ibishev Mihály Tánczos
71 kg Angel Espinosa Andrey Akulov Michael Timm Mikhail Takov Sandór Hranek
75 kg Bernardo Comas Asylbek Kilimov Henry Maske Kalin Stoyanov Zoltán Füzesy
81 kg Pablo Romero Vladimir Shin Detlef Friese Nikolay Lapkov István Csepanyi
91 kg Hermenegildo Báez Alexander Yagubkin Klaus-Dieter Schmid Deyan Kirilov Gyula Alvics
+91 kg Teófilo Stevenson Valeriy Abadzhyan Ulli Kaden Petar Stoimenov Ferenc Somodi

Teófilo Stevenson, who was going to try for his fourth Olympic gold medal before the boycott was oficially announced,[2] had previously defeated Tyrell Biggs twice (one by knockout,) and Hermenegildo Báez had previously defeated Henry Tillman. Soviet Alexander Yagubkin defeated both Biggs and Tillman during the USA–USSR duals. During the 1980 Summer Olympics, Cuban boxers won 10 medals (6 gold,) and had again been expected to do well.[2] The United States team was given a good chance of winning six and possibly as many as nine gold medals in the all twelve weight classes, a windfall resulting from Cuba's withdrawal following the withdrawal of the Soviet Union and its Eastern-bloc allies.[3] In the words of George Vecsey, "Despite all the flag-waving euphoria in the United States over all those medals in Los Angeles, the Summer Games were a made-in-Disneyland reproduction of the Games because there were no Soviet runners, no Cuban boxers, no East German swimmers."[4]

Medal summaryEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light flyweight (–48 kg)
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Paul Gonzales
  United States
Salvatore Todisco
  Italy
Marcelino Bolivar
  Venezuela
Keith Mwila
  Zambia
Flyweight (–51 kg)
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Steve McCrory
  United States
Redzep Redzepovski
  Yugoslavia
Eyüp Can
  Turkey
Ibrahim Bilali
  Kenya
Bantamweight (–54 kg)
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Maurizio Stecca
  Italy
Héctor López
  Mexico
Dale Walters
  Canada
Pedro Nolasco
  Dominican Republic
Featherweight (–57 kg)
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Meldrick Taylor
  United States
Peter Konyegwachie
  Nigeria
Omar Catarí
  Venezuela
Turgut Aykaç
  Turkey
Lightweight (–60 kg)
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Pernell Whitaker
  United States
Luis Ortiz
  Puerto Rico
Chun Chil-Sung
  South Korea
Martin Ndongo-Ebanga
  Cameroon
Light welterweight (–63 kg)
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Jerry Page
  United States
Dhawee Umponmaha
  Thailand
Mircea Fulger
  Romania
Mirko Puzović
  Yugoslavia
Welterweight (–67 kg)
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Mark Breland
  United States
An Young-Su
  South Korea
Joni Nyman
  Finland
Luciano Bruno
  Italy
Light middleweight (–71 kg)
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Frank Tate
  United States
Shawn O'Sullivan
  Canada
Christophe Tiozzo
  France
Manfred Zielonka
  West Germany
Middleweight (–75 kg)
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Shin Joon-Sup
  South Korea
Virgil Hill
  United States
Aristides González
  Puerto Rico
Mohamed Zaoui
  Algeria
Light heavyweight (–81 kg)
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Anton Josipović
  Yugoslavia
Kevin Barry
  New Zealand
Evander Holyfield
  United States
Mustapha Moussa
  Algeria
Heavyweight (–91 kg)
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Henry Tillman
  United States
Willie DeWit
  Canada
Angelo Musone
  Italy
Arnold Vanderlyde
  Netherlands
Super heavyweight (+ 91 kg)
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Tyrell Biggs
  United States
Francesco Damiani
  Italy
Robert Wells
  Great Britain
Aziz Salihu
  Yugoslavia

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boxing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Cuba Withdraws From Olympic by the Associated Press, The New York Times, May 24, 1984.
  3. ^ Alfano, Peter. Boxing: Americans Rated Above '76 Unit, The New York Times, July 29, 1984.
  4. ^ New Olympic Sanctions, The New York Times, December 5, 1984.

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