Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| János Váradi
Viktor Miroshnychenko had a difficult task to reach the Olympic final but the Soviet boxer eliminated world silver medalist Jorge Hernández and world champion Henryk Średnicki to progress. His opponent in the final was Petar Lesov of Bulgaria and it was the Bulgarian who would take the gold medal after the referee stopped the contest in the second round. Lesov proved himself a worthy champion by winning the next two editions of the European Championships and would have been amongst the favourites for the 1984 Olympic Games but for the Soviet-led boycott. A bout of hepatitis stalled his career from 1985 onwards but, after the fall of the Berlin Wall had made it possible, he turned professional in 1991. This proved a disaster for his reputation as he lost all five of his fights against moderate opposition.
|2||Viktor Miroshnychenko||20||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|5T||Jo Ryon-Sik||20||North Korea||PRK|
|9T||Alberto Mercado||19||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|9T||Keith Wallace||19||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Rabi Raj Thapa||26||Nepal||NEP|