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Ray Downey

Full name: Raymond Tyler "Ray" Downey
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: September 23, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Affiliations: Citadel Boxing Club
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Boxing was in Ray Downey’s blood; among the many members of his family who competed in the sport at the amateur and professional level were his father, Dave, who held the Canadian middleweight title for nearly eight years and his cousin, Billy, who won a gold medal in the featherweight division at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Ray first appeared on the international scene at the 1983 World Junior Championships, where he placed fourth in the light-middleweight division. As Canadian champion in this category, he was selected to represent Canada at the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he defeated Jorge Oscar López of Argentina, Norbert Nieroba of West Germany, and Abrar Hussain Syed of Pakistan in the first three rounds to advance to the quarter-finals, where he overcame Martin Kitel of Sweden. He lost in the semi-finals to upcoming gold medalist Park Si-Heon of South Korea and settled for bronze.

Originally intending to turn professional after the Olympics, Downey remained an amateur and successfully defended his Canadian title in 1989. He then competed at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, where he captured a silver medal, losing to Richie Woodhall of England, who had won the other light-middleweight bronze medal at the 1988 Games. After being eliminated in the quarterfinals at the 1991 Pan American Games by Juan Carlos Lemus of Cuba, Downey attended the 1992 Summer Olympics but, recovering from an eye injury, he was defeated in the opening round by Hendrik Simangunsong of Indonesia (Lemus, meanwhile, went on to win the gold medal). Downey turned professional the following year and, although he never won a major title, retired in 2000 with an impressive record of 16-2-1.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing Men's Light-Middleweight Canada CAN 3T Bronze
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Boxing Men's Light-Middleweight Canada CAN 17T

Men's Light-Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR S
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1988-09-29 Park (KOR) , Downey (CAN) 0 58 58 58 58 57 289
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1988-09-28 Downey (CAN) , Kitel (SWE) 5 60 59 59 60 60 298 decision
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing Canada CAN Round Three Match #8 1 1988-09-26 Downey (CAN) , Syed (PAK) 5 60 60 60 60 60 300 decision
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing Canada CAN Round Two Match #15 1 1988-09-24 Downey (CAN) , Nieroba (FRG) 3 59 59 60 58 59 295 decision
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing Canada CAN Round One Match #29 1 1988-09-20 Downey (CAN) , López (ARG) 5 60 60 60 60 60 300 decision
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Boxing Canada CAN Round One Match #5 2 1992-07-27 Simangunsong (INA) , Downey (CAN) 5
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