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Boxing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Events: 10

Participants: 269 (269 men and 0 women) from 56 countries
Youngest Participant: BRA Luiz Fabre (16 years, 233 days)
Oldest Participant: JAM John Elliott (33 years, 128 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 40 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (9 medals)

Overview

The newly built Kōrakuen Hall in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo hosted the boxing events at the 1964 Olympic Games. Whilst the medals where shared between 18 nations, Poland and the USSR were the most successful teams sharing six gold medals between them. One of the three Soviet champions, middleweight champion [Valeri Popenchenko], was awarded the Val Barker Trophy for the outstanding boxer of the Games. The most popular victory of 1964 came from the host nation’s Takao Sakurai whose gold medal at bantamweight was the first by a Japanese boxer in Olympic history.

The final bout of the Games saw the emergence of a boxer who would become one of the professional side of the sport’s biggest stars in years to come. A late call up to the US team after the withdrawal of Buster Mathis, Joe Frazier demolished his first three opponents before grinding out a points victory over [Hans Huber] of Germany to become heavyweight champion at Tokyo.

As ever there were many disputed decisions but this time protests got much uglier than usual. Spanish featherweight Valentin Loren vented his frustrations at being disqualified by landing a punch on referee and promptly received a life ban from the sport. The next day José Roberto Chirino of Argentina did exactly the same to earn a disqualification from his light-middleweight quarter-final. By contrast Korean [Jo Dong-Gi] opted for a more pacifist approach and protested his loss by sitting down in his corner and refusing to leave. His protest lasted 51 minutes.

Medalists