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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

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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: FRG Dieter Kottysch
Silver: POL Wiesław Rudkowski
Bronze: GBR Alan Minter
GDR Peter Tiepold

Summary

The big surprise of the 1972 boxing tournament, and a very pleasant one for the home crowd, was the victory of West Germany's Dieter Kottysch in the light-welterweight. Kottysch avoided the favourites in the early stages and watched as the top rated fighters began to eliminate each other from contention. Valery Tregubov of the USSR eliminated American Reggie Jones but was himself beaten by the young Briton Alan Minter whilst in the other half of the draw 1968 silver medalist Rolando Garbey fell to Wiesław Rudkowski of Poland. The semi-final between Kottysch and Minter proved to be one of the most contentious of the Games. Kottysch won the slenderest of decisions as two judges voted for him, two for Kottysch and the fifth judge had the fight even at 59-59 but gave the advantage to the German. The result received a mixed reception even within the pro-German crowd. Kottysch and Rudkowski, two old rivals, met for the gold medal with the German's harder punching triumphing over the more skillful Pole. Rudkowski was also hampered by a cut eye during the final round. After the medal ceremony Kottysch announced that this fight was to be last. Bronze medalist Minter went on to a successful professional career which culminated with a spell as the middleweight champion of the world.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dieter Kottysch 29 West Germany FRG Gold
2 Wiesław Rudkowski 25 Poland POL Silver
3T Alan Minter 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Peter Tiepold 26 East Germany GDR Bronze
5T Loucif Hamani 22 Algeria ALG
5T Mohamed Majeri 24 Tunisia TUN
5T Emeterio Villanueva 26 Mexico MEX
5T Rolando Garbey 24 Cuba CUB
9T Anthony Richardson 25 Netherlands NED
9T Valery Tregubov 30 Soviet Union URS
9T Evangelos Oikonomakos 27 Greece GRE
9T Alan Jenkinson 20 Australia AUS
9T Mikko Saarinen 26 Finland FIN
9T Christy Elliott 21 Ireland IRL
9T Nayden Stanchev 23 Bulgaria BUL
9T Im Jae-Geun 22 South Korea KOR
17T Svetomir Belić 25 Yugoslavia YUG
17T José Antonio Colon 24 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Reggie Ford 19 Guyana GUY
17T Reggie Jones 21 United States USA
17T Nicolas Aquilino 19 Philippines PHI
17T Bonifacio Ávila 22 Colombia COL
17T Issoufou Habou Niger NIG
17T Michel Belliard 23 France FRA
17T David Attan 23 Kenya KEN
17T Ion Györffi 22 Romania ROU
17T Farouk Kesrouani 22 Lebanon LIB
17T Alfredo Lemus 20 Venezuela VEN
17T Antonio Castellini 21 Italy ITA
17T John Opio 20 Uganda UGA
17T Franz Csandl 23 Austria AUT
32T Namkhain Tsend-Ayuush 27 Mongolia MGL
32T Ricky Barnor 28 Ghana GHA
32T Oumar Fall Senegal SEN