Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Janusz Gortat
The 1974 World Champion in this class was the Yugoslav [Mate Parlov], who had won the Olympic gold medal in 1972. But he turned professional in 1975 and was not in Montréal. A bronze medalist from the 1974 Worlds was there, however, one [Leon Spinks] of the United States. An ungainly fighter with powerful hands, but seemingly little skill, Spinks made it to the final and entered the ring shortly after his brother, [Michael], had won a gold medal in the middleweight final. In the final Leon met Cuba's [Sixto Soria], who had not fought the distance in any bout in Montréal, winning his quarter-final and semi-final in the first rounds. But the final was no contest, as Spinks battered Soria all around the ring for three rounds, with the referee mercifully stopping the bout at 1:09 of the third. Soria would come back in 1978 to win the World Championship.
Leon Spinks turned professional after the 1976 Olympics, and after only seven fights, faced [Muhammad Ali] for the world heavyweight title, in what was considered to be a mismatch. Inexplicably, Spinks won a 15-round decision to become world champion, but in a re-match seven months later, Ali won easily, and Spinks had seen the best of his career. He fought through 1995, a punching bag near the end, ending with a professional record of 26 wins, 17 losses, and 3 draws. He later had a brief career as a pro wrestler, and then, his financial life in ruins, spent time on the streets as a homeless person. His son, Cory Spinks, also became a professional world champion.
|1||Leon Spinks||23||United States||USA||Gold|
|5T||Wolfgang Gruber||23||West Germany||FRG|
|5T||Juan Domingo Suárez||24||Argentina||ARG|
|5T||Ottomar Sachse||25||East Germany||GDR|
|9T||José Rosa||22||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|9T||Anatoliy Klimanov||26||Soviet Union||URS|
|9T||Joan Claudi Montane||20||Andorra||AND|
|14T||Abdel Latif Fatihi||25||Morocco||MAR|