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