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Boxing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Sports Palace, Roma
Date Started: August 25, 1960
Date Finished: September 5, 1960
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Wilbert McClure
Silver: ITA Carmelo Bossi
Bronze: GBR Willie Fisher
URS Boris Lagutin

Summary

Wilbert McClure came to Rome after winning the AAU title in 1959 and 1960, and the 1959 Pan American Games gold medal, but he barely got out of the semi-finals, winning a narrow 3-2 decision over the Soviet fighter Boris Lagutin. Lagutin would return in 1964 and 1968 to win the gold medal in this class. McClure advanced to fight Italy's Carmelo Bossi in front of his hometown fans, and McClure won the final comfortably by majority decision, 4-1. Both finalists would turn professional, but Bossi had the greater pro career. He fought through 1971, winning the WBA and WBC light-middleweight world titles in 1970. In his final bout, in 1971, he lost those titles to Japan's Koichi Wajima, and Bossi finished with a career professional record of 40 wins, 8 losses, and 3 draws. McClure fought professionally from 1961-70, finishing with a record of 24 wins, 8 losses, and 1 draw, but never contested a major title. He would earn degrees in literature and philosophy from the University of Toledo (1961) and a doctorate in psychology from Wayne State University in 1973. He became a professor at Northeastern University, formed his own counseling firm, and served a term as chairman of the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wilbert McClure 21 United States USA Gold
2 Carmelo Bossi 20 Italy ITA Silver
3T Boris Lagutin 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Willie Fisher 20 Great Britain GBR Bronze
5T Celedonio Lima 20 Argentina ARG
5T John Bukowski 21 Australia AUS
5T Souleymane Diallo 23 France FRA
5T Henryk Dampc 25 Poland POL
9T Frank Nyangweso 20 Uganda UGA
9T Jeffrey Alleyne 22 Canada CAN
9T Alhassan Brimah 22 Ghana GHA
9T Abrie Schutte 23 South Africa RSA
9T Nicolae Stoenescu 21 Romania ROU
9T Pedro Votta 23 Uruguay URU
9T Bas van Duivenbode 20 Netherlands NED
9T Michael Reid 22 Ireland IRL
17T Dragoslav Jakovljević 28 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Rolf Caroli 26 Germany GER
17T Brian van Niekerk 27 Zimbabwe ZIM
17T Cesáreo Barrera 19 Spain ESP
17T Roy Askevold 25 Norway NOR
17T Helio Crescencio 27 Brazil BRA
17T Leif Hansen 26 Denmark DEN