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Boxing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Mexico Arena, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 15, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Chris Finnegan
Silver: URS Aleksey Kiselyov
Bronze: MEX Agustín Zaragoza
USA Al Jones

Summary

Britain's Chris Finnegan sustained a cut eye in the 1968 ABA Championship quarter-finals and could not fight in the semis. As that was the qualifying tournament for Great Britain's boxers, he did not appear to be on the team, but his trainer was able to get him into a box-off for the middleweight spot, which Finnegan won easily. In the semi-finals in Mexico City, Finnegan received two standing eight counts again the United States' Al Jones but survived to win by majority decision. This brought him to the final against the venerable Aleksey Kiselyov of the Soviet Union. Kiselyov had been winning major events in the Soviet Union since 1958 and had won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the light-heavyweight division. The final was extraordinarily close, all five judges scoring it 59-58, with three favoring Finnegan to give him the gold medal, the first boxing gold medal for Great Britain since 1924.

Finnegan turned professional, winning British, Commonwealth, and European professional titles and fighting through 1975 when a detached retina ended his pro career with a record of 29-7-1. Kiselyov retired after Mexico City, with a career amateur record of 225 wins in 250 fights, and became coach of the Soviet national team. In the quarter-finals in Mexico, Finnegan had defeated Mate Parlov of Yugoslavia, who would return in 1972 to win the light-heavyweight gold medal in Munich, and would also become world professional light-heavyweight champion in 1975.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chris Finnegan 24 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Aleksey Kiselyov 30 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Agustín Zaragoza 27 Mexico MEX Bronze
3T Al Jones 22 United States USA Bronze
5T Jan Hejduk 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Wiesław Rudkowski 21 Poland POL
5T Mate Parlov 19 Yugoslavia YUG
5T Simeon Georgiev 22 Bulgaria BUL
9T Oliver Wright 21 Jamaica JAM
9T Nolberto Freitas 23 Uruguay URU
9T Matthias Ouma 22 Uganda UGA
9T Charles Amos 23 Guyana GUY
9T Ewald Wichert 28 West Germany FRG
9T Jan van Ispelen 27 Netherlands NED
9T Raúl Marrero 17 Cuba CUB
16T Saulo Hernández 21 Puerto Rico PUR
16T Titus Simba Tanzania TAN
16T Mario Casati 24 Italy ITA
16T Marcelo Quiñones 19 Peru PER
16T Lahcen Ahidous 23 Morocco MAR
16T Antoine Abang 27 Cameroon CMR
16T Misael Vilugrón 30 Chile CHI