Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 21, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Ismail Mustafov
In the absence of world champion Steve Muchoki, who had turned professional even before his nation, Kenya, had decided to boycott the Games, the long range favourites appeared to be Soviet Shamil Sabirov, the European champion, and Hipolito Ramos, a Cuban who had won an upset victory in the national championship to book his place in Moscow. The 1972 champion György Gedó, who became the first boxer to appear at four Olympics, fell to Ramos in the quarter-finals as both the Cuban and Soviet had straightforward paths to the final. The gold medal bout was a frantic affair with Sabirov holding the centre of the ring as the fleet footed Ramos circled him attempting to jab through his guard. Sabirov's defence held and he picked off the Cuban as he moved into close quarters. The Russian was awarded the verdict and the title but only by a 3-2 majority of the judges. Sabirov was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 1981 European Championships and made a quick exit at the 1982 World Championships before opting to retire from the ring. He became a successful businessman and founded a toy company.
|1||Shamil Sabirov||21||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|3T||Li Byong-Uk||25||North Korea||PRK||Bronze|
|5T||Dietmar Geilich||26||East Germany||GDR|
|9T||João Manuel Miguel||27||Portugal||POR|
|9T||Farid Salman Makhdi||23||Iraq||IRQ|
|17T||Birender Singh Thapa||27||India||IND|