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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Boxing Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: YUG Mate Parlov
Silver: CUB Gilberto Carrillo
Bronze: NGR Isaac Ikhouria
POL Janusz Gortat

Summary

After losing in the final of the 1969 European Championships, Yugoslavia's Mate Parlovwon the next four major tournaments he could enter. His Olympic title in 1972 was sandwiched by a brace of European championships in 1971 and 1973 and followed by a win at the inaugural world amateur Championships in 1974. Parlov was dominant in Munich and comfortably defeated opponents from Chad, Hungary and Poland on his way to fight for the gold medal. Facing Parlov in the final was the 19-year-old Cuban soldier Gilberto Carrillo. The inexperienced Carillo stated well and had the better of the opening exchanges but he failed to recover from a knockdown late in round one and was stopped in the final minute of the second run. Unlike other Communist regimes, Yugoslavia allowed its' boxers to fight professionally and so Parlov took up this option in 1975. He won the European light-heavyweight title in 1976 and was World champion for most of 1978. He lost the title to fellow Olympian Marvin Johnson, then retired in 1980 following two failures to win another world title in the cruiserweight division. After retiring from the ring he ran a coffee bar but would return to boxing as a coach of the 1984 Yugoslav Olympic boxing team. A very popular figure in his native Croatia, he was voted the outstanding Croatian sportsman of the 20th century.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mate Parlov 23 Yugoslavia YUG Gold
2 Gilberto Carrillo 21 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Isaac Ikhouria 24 Nigeria NGR Bronze
3T Janusz Gortat 24 Poland POL Bronze
5T Harald Skog 23 Norway NOR
5T Nikolay Anfimov 21 Soviet Union URS
5T Rudi Hornig 34 West Germany FRG
5T Miguel Ángel Cuello 26 Argentina ARG
9T Ernesto Sánchez 24 Venezuela VEN
9T Seifu Mekonnen 20 Ethiopia ETH
9T Waldemar de Oliveira 21 Brazil BRA
9T Ahmed Mahmoud Aly 26 Egypt EGY
9T Raymond Russell 32 United States USA
9T Guglielmo Spinello 20 Italy ITA
9T Marian Culineac 20 Romania ROU
9T Imre Tóth 24 Hungary HUN
17T Anton Schär 30 Switzerland SUI
17T Nghlhav Mehtabs Singh 23 India IND
17T Georgi Stankov 29 Bulgaria BUL
17T Gombyn Zorig 27 Mongolia MGL
17T Jaroslav Král 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Steven Thega 26 Kenya KEN
17T Henri Moreau 27 France FRA
17T Samson Laizer 22 Tanzania TAN
17T Oliver Wright 25 Jamaica JAM
17T Ottomar Sachse 21 East Germany GDR
17T Noureddine Aman Hassan 29 Chad CHA
17T Matthias Ouma 26 Uganda UGA