Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics

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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] A Soviet-led boycott resulted in the withdrawals of the Soviet Union, Cuba, East Germany, Bulgaria and other Eastern Bloc nations from boxing competitions.

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At the 1980 Summer Olympics, that was impacted by an American-led boycott, Cuban boxers won 10 medals, with 6 of them being gold, and had again been expected to do well. [2] However, the nation withdrew from the games following the announcement of the Soviet boycott. [3] Teófilo Stevenson, who was going to try for his fourth Olympic gold medal before the boycott was officially 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. Cuban and Soviet boxers, however, were more seasoned than their American counterparts. [4] While US athletes typically turned pro after the Olympics, while still in their early twenties, Cubans and the Soviets were not allowed to do so and stayed on in the amateurs, participating in multiple Olympic cycles. Journalist George Vecsey remarked after the conclusion of the games that "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." [5] Soviet runners and East German swimmers decades later were revealed to have been part of their respective nations' state-sponsored doping schemes. [6] [7]

Evander Holyfield was controversially disqualified in the semifinals for punching Kevin Barry after what seemed to be a stop. However, on a replay it is seen that the referee stopped the bout after his punches. [8] [9] Under IABA health regulation Barry was not allowed to box for 28 days, so he scratched from the final. [9] During the medal ceremony, gold medalist Anton Josipović shared the highest step of the podium with Holyfield and raised his hand, thus acknowledging that Evander deserved to be in the final. [10]

Medal summary

EventGoldSilverBronze
Light flyweight (–48 kg)
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Paul Gonzales
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Salvatore Todisco
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Marcelino Bolivar
Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).png  Venezuela
Keith Mwila
Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg  Zambia
Flyweight (–51 kg)
details
Steve McCrory
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Redžep Redžepovski
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia
Eyüp Can
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
Ibrahim Bilali
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Bantamweight (–54 kg)
details
Maurizio Stecca
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Héctor López
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Dale Walters
Flag of Canada.svg  Canada
Pedro Nolasco
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic
Featherweight (–57 kg)
details
Meldrick Taylor
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Peter Konyegwachie
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Omar Catarí
Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).png  Venezuela
Turgut Aykaç
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
Lightweight (–60 kg)
details
Pernell Whitaker
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Luis Ortiz
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg  Puerto Rico
Chun Chil-Sung
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea
Martin Ndongo-Ebanga
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Light welterweight (–63 kg)
details
Jerry Page
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Dhawee Umponmaha
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Mircea Fulger
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
Mirko Puzović
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia
Welterweight (–67 kg)
details
Mark Breland
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
An Young-Su
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea
Joni Nyman
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Luciano Bruno
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Light middleweight (–71 kg)
details
Frank Tate
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Shawn O'Sullivan
Flag of Canada.svg  Canada
Christophe Tiozzo
Flag of France.svg  France
Manfred Zielonka
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
Middleweight (–75 kg)
details
Shin Joon-Sup
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea
Virgil Hill
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Aristides González
Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg  Puerto Rico
Mohamed Zaoui
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Light heavyweight (–81 kg)
details
Anton Josipović
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia
Kevin Barry
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Evander Holyfield
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Mustapha Moussa
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Heavyweight (–91 kg)
details
Henry Tillman
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Willie DeWit
Flag of Canada.svg  Canada
Angelo Musone
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Arnold Vanderlyde
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Super heavyweight (+ 91 kg)
details
Tyrell Biggs
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Francesco Damiani
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Robert Wells
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Aziz Salihu
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia

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