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:||Howard Davis, Jr.|
|Bronze:|| Vasily Solomin
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.
|1||Howard Davis, Jr.||20||United States||USA||Gold|
|3T||Vasily Solomin||23||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|15T||Sylvester Mittee||19||Great Britain||GBR|
|15T||Hans Henrik Palm||19||Denmark||DEN|
|15T||Roberto Andino||19||Puerto Rico||PUR|