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Boxing at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Korakuen Hall, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Date Started: October 13, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: URS Boris Lagutin
Silver: FRA Joseph Gonzales
Bronze: NGR Nojim Maiyegun
POL Józef Grzesiak

Summary

In 1964 Soviet boxing was reaching a peak and in the vanguard was Boris Lagutin. Lagutin had lost in the semi-finals of the Rome Olympics but had been virtually unbeatable ever since and had claimed both the 1961 and 1963 versions of the European Championships. One possible threat emerged at the start of 1964 in the shape of America's Toby Gibson who reached the US Olympic team on the back of 12 straight inside the distance victories. Gibson lived up to his billing in his first fight in Tokyo but came unstuck against the unorthodox Ghanaian Eddie Davies who won with the help of two points deductions against Gibson. Meanwhile Lagutin moved serenely through the tournament although serene was not an apt description of his second round opponent José Roberto Chirino. Chirino became incensed by the decision of the referee to warn him for a minor rules infraction and struck out at the official, earning himself a disqualification. The Soviet boxer comfortably defeated Joseph Gonzales of France in the gold medal match and, despite losing his place on the national team following a poor post-Olympic run of results, returned to defend his title in Mexico City. In 1996 he became an adviser on sporting matters to President Yeltsin. Toby Gibson turned professional after the Games but quit after five fights to go to law school. He became a prosecutor and ran for a Superior Court judgeship but was disbarred after misappropriating his clients' funds. He later served time in jail for armed robbery. Denmark's Tom Bogs, who was defeated in the quarter finals, became one of his country's most popular sportsmen although he failed in an attempt to become world light-heavyweight champion as a professional.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Boris Lagutin 26 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Joseph Gonzales 23 France FRA Silver
3T Nojim Maiyegun 23 Nigeria NGR Bronze
3T Józef Grzesiak 23 Poland POL Bronze
5T Tom Bogs 19 Denmark DEN
5T Tony Barber 24 Australia AUS
5T Eddie Davies 26 Ghana GHA
5T Vasile Mirza 30 Romania ROU
9T Chen Bai-Sun 32 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Bill Robinson 28 Great Britain GBR
9T Félix Ocampo 23 Philippines PHI
9T Koji Masuda 20 Japan JPN
9T Toby Gibson 22 United States USA
9T José Roberto Chirino 20 Argentina ARG
9T Kurt Mattsson 24 Finland FIN
9T Sayed El-Nahas 24 Egypt EGY
17T Jannie Gibson 23 Zimbabwe ZIM
17T Yot Thiancharoen 26 Thailand THA
17T László Sebők 26 Hungary HUN
17T Paul Hogh 31 Germany GER
17T John Elliott 33 Jamaica JAM
17T Massimo Bruschini 22 Italy ITA
17T Bekele Alemu 23 Ethiopia ETH
17T Luiz Fabre 16 Brazil BRA
17T Lee Geum-Taek 22 South Korea KOR