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Boxing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 18, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Howard Davis, Jr.
Silver: ROU Simion Cuţov
Bronze: URS Vasily Solomin
YUG Ace Rusevski

Summary

Howard Davis, Jr. had won the 1974 World Championships as a featherweight and, moving up in class, was considered a favorite for the 1976 Olympic lightweight gold medal. But two days before the Olympics started, his mother died of a heart attack. Davis elected to fight on, and honor his mother's memory by winning a gold medal. He did so, and was virtually unchallenged, winning his first two bouts when they were stopped early, and taking the semi-final and final by unanimous decisions. In the final he defeated Romania's Simion Cutov, who had won a silver medal as a light-welter at the 1974 World Championships. For his efforts, Davis was awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the top boxer of the Olympics. He turned professional and had a long career, only retiring in 1996, with a career record of 36 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw. Four of his losses came in his four world title fights, and he never managed to win a professional belt. This class was decimated by the African boycott. Eleven African boxers were forced to withdraw from round two, with two matches voided as both boxers withdrew.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Howard Davis, Jr. 20 United States USA Gold
2 Simion Cuţov 24 Romania ROU Silver
3T Vasily Solomin 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Ace Rusevski 19 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
5T Ove Lundby 22 Sweden SWE
5T Tsvetan Tsvetkov 22 Bulgaria BUL
5T András Botos 24 Hungary HUN
5T Yves Jeudy 18 Haiti HAI
9T Nelson Calzadilla 22 Venezuela VEN
9T Bogdan Gajda 22 Poland POL
9T Leonidas Asprilla 23 Colombia COL
9T Georgios Agrimanakis 27 Greece GRE
9T Parviz Bahmani 20 Iran IRI
9T Reinaldo Valiente 18 Cuba CUB
15T Ernesto González 18 Nicaragua NCA
15T Khaidavyn Altankhuyag 29 Mongolia MGL
15T Antonio Rubio 26 Spain ESP
15T Sylvester Mittee 19 Great Britain GBR
15T Hans Henrik Palm 19 Denmark DEN
15T Yukio Segawa 21 Japan JPN
15T Roberto Andino 19 Puerto Rico PUR
22T Gaetano Pirastu 20 Italy ITA
22T Gerard Hamill 21 Ireland IRL