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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Light-Welterweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Boxing Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 30, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Ray Seales
Silver: BUL Angel Angelov
Bronze: NIG Issaka Daboré
YUG Zvonko Vujin

Summary

The American team that arrived in Germany was considered the best all round team to leave their shores since 1952 but only one, Ray Seales, returned to the US as Olympic champion. With no seeding it was always possible that two of the favourites could be drawn to meet each other and that is exactly what happened in the first round in Munich. Seales was drawn against the reigning European Champion, Ulrich Beyer of East Germany. The bout lived up to expectations as first Seales and then Beyer took the upper hand over the course of the fight. The fight was effectively decided in the last minute when Seales launched a blistering attack which shook his opponent to his boots. It was enough give the American the win in the eyes of three of the five judges. Despite another close call in the quarter-finals Seales advanced to the final where he would face Angel Angelov of Bulgaria. The gold medal bout was a textbook clash between the upright technical Eastern European style of Angelov and the looser, more aggressive American. With little to choose between the two men the decisive moment came in the first round when Seales knocked the Bulgarian to the floor. After the Olympics Seales embarked on a professional career. He fought some of the best boxers in the middleweight division including world champions Marvin Hagler and Alan Minter but, although he held the North American championships, never managed to get a shot at the world title. He suffered serious damage to his retina during his career and was declared legally blind in the mid-eighties. Seales later worked with autistic high school students.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ray Seales 19 United States USA Gold
2 Angel Angelov 24 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3T Zvonko Vujin 29 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
3T Issaka Daboré Niger NIG Bronze
5T Andrés Molina 27 Cuba CUB
5T Graham Moughton 23 Great Britain GBR
5T Bantow Srisook 25 Thailand THA
5T Kyoji Shinohara 23 Japan JPN
9T Jim Montague 22 Ireland IRL
9T Anatoly Kamnev 23 Soviet Union URS
9T Emilio Villa 19 Colombia COL
9T Sodnomyn Gombo 26 Mongolia MGL
9T Walter Gómez 19 Argentina ARG
9T Calistrat Cuţov 23 Romania ROU
9T Park Tae-Sik 20 South Korea KOR
9T Laudiel Negrón 19 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Nosra Vakil Monfard 25 Iran IRI
17T Ulrich Beyer 25 East Germany GDR
17T Roy Johnson 24 Bermuda BER
17T Pentti Saarman 31 Finland FIN
17T Timsah Okalo Mulwal Sudan SUD
17T Malang Balouch 24 Pakistan PAK
17T Robert Mwakosya 19 Tanzania TAN
17T Yotham Kunda 23 Zambia ZAM
17T Luis Contreras 21 Venezuela VEN
17T Krzysztof Pierwieniecki 20 Poland POL
17T Ernesto Bergamasco 22 Italy ITA
17T Mohamed Muruli 25 Uganda UGA
17T Abdou Fall Senegal SEN
17T Emmanuel Lawson 31 Ghana GHA
17T Obisia Nwakpa 22 Nigeria NGR
17T Fekrou Gabreselassie 22 Ethiopia ETH