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Boxing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Light-Welterweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Mexico Arena, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: POL Jerzy Kulej
Silver: CUB Enrique Regüeiferos
Bronze: FIN Arto Nilsson
USA Jim Wallington


The defending champion in this class was Poland's [Jerzy Kulej] and he was back and considered the favorite, although the American, [Jim Wallington], was highly considered. From 1966-68, Wallington won three AAU titles, three Inter-Service championships, three Golden Gloves titles, and the 1967 Pan American Games gold medal. In addition to his Tokyo gold medal, Kulej had won the 1963 and 1965 European title as a light-welter, and was a silver medalist in 1967, where he lost to the Soviet [Yevgeny Frolov], who he had defeated in the Tokyo final. Frolov was in Mexico, but lost a quarter-final bout to Cuba's [Enrique Regüeiferos], who advanced to the final against Kulej by defeating Wallington by majority decision. The final was very close with Kulej being given the 3-2 decision over the hard-hitting Cuban. Regüeiferos would return to fight in the 1972 Olympics, but lost early. Kulej was a Polish hero and retired from boxing after the 1968 Olympics. He became an actor in Polish movies, and in 2001 turned to politics, being elected a member of the Polish Parliament as a Social Democrat.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jerzy Kulej 27 Poland POL Gold
2 Enrique Regüeiferos 20 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Arto Nilsson 20 Finland FIN Bronze
3T Jim Wallington 24 United States USA Bronze
5T Peter Tiepold 22 East Germany GDR
5T Petar Stoychev 22 Bulgaria BUL
5T Kim Sa-Yong 24 South Korea KOR
5T Yevgeny Frolov 27 Soviet Union URS
9T Gianbattista Capretti 22 Italy ITA
9T Jaime Lozano 20 Mexico MEX
9T Ljubinko Veselinović 20 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Gert Puzicha 24 West Germany FRG
9T Nelson Ruiz 19 Venezuela VEN
9T Alex Odhiambo 25 Uganda UGA
9T Issaka Daboré Niger NIG
9T Antoniu Vasile 26 Romania ROU
17T János Kajdi 28 Hungary HUN
17T Emmanuel Lawson 27 Ghana GHA
17T Vladimír Kučera 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Samuel Valencia 20 Ecuador ECU
17T Ali Kılıçoğlu 24 Turkey TUR
17T Jim McCourt 24 Ireland IRL
17T John Olulu 24 Kenya KEN
17T Niyom Prasertsom 25 Thailand THA
17T Enrique González 23 Chile CHI
17T Donato Cartagena 17 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Mariano Pérez 20 Spain ESP
17T Isaac Marin 22 Costa Rica CRC
17T Ray Maguire 23 Australia AUS
17T Habib Galhia 27 Tunisia TUN
17T Carlos Casal 22 Uruguay URU
32T Adalberto Siebens 21 Puerto Rico PUR
32T Ernest Dong 26 Cameroon CMR
32T Dick Findlay 20 Canada CAN
32T Terry Waller 22 Great Britain GBR