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:|| Luis Felipe Martínez
The American [Michael Spinks] had a short course to get to the final of this class. He had a bye in the first round, had a walkover in round two due to a withdrawal caused by the African boycott, won a unanimous decision in the quarter-finals over Poland's [Ryszard Pasiewicz], and was then to meet Romania's [Alec Năstac], silver medalist at the 1974 World Championships, in the semis. But Năstac had sustained a cut eye in his quarter, and was deemed unfit to fight, so Spinks moved on to the final against the Soviet [Rufat Riskiyev], the 1974 World Champion, having had only one fight. Riskiyev had defeated Spinks at a match in Tashkent early in 1976, but in the final, Spinks landed a telling body blow in round three, and the referee had to stop the contest, giving Spinks the gold medal.
Spinks, whose brother, [Leon], won the light-heavyweight gold medal in Montréal, turned professional. In 1981 he won the WBA light-heavyweight world title by defeating Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Michael Spinks would hold a version of the light-heavyweight title through 1985 when he moved up to the heavies and defeated Larry Holmes to win the IBF heavyweight crown, the first light-heavyweight champion to move on to become heavyweight world champ. Spinks fought through 1988, winning his first 31 fights, but he retired after losing a heavyweight title fight that year to Mike Tyson.
|1||Michael Spinks||19||United States||USA||Gold|
|2||Rufat Riskiyev||26||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|3T||Luis Felipe Martínez||21||Cuba||CUB||Bronze|
|9T||Dave Odwell||23||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Bernd Wittenburg||26||East Germany||GDR|
|14T||Carlos Betancourt||17||Puerto Rico||PUR|