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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: YUG Slobodan Kačar
Silver: POL Paweł Skrzecz
Bronze: CUB Ricardo Rojas
GDR Herbert Bauch

Summary

In the 1970s and 80s Yugoslavia looked to the light-heavyweight division of the boxing tournament with a sense of pride. Three times in four Olympic Games the Olympic title was won by a Yugoslav fighter. The second of the three titles came in Moscow by the hands of Slobodan Kačar, a Bosnian Serb who was following in the footsteps of his elder brother Tadija Kačar, who was a medalist in 1976. Kačar defeated the representatives of East Germany and the Soviet Union on his way to meet Poland's Paweł Skrzecz in the final. The final between the Pole and the Yugoslav was a wild affair with both men little behind in the ring. Rounds one and two were close affairs but in the final minute of the last round Kačar's flailing fists caught up to his opponent and the referee gave Skrzecz two standing counts in quick succession. This seemed enough to give Kačar the verdict and four of the five agreed with only the Australian judge dissenting. Kačar followed the trial of 1972 champion Mate Parlov and begin a professional career. Like Parlov he also had a brief reign as world light-heavyweight champion in the pro ranks.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Slobodan Kačar 22 Yugoslavia YUG Gold
2 Paweł Skrzecz 22 Poland POL Silver
3T Herbert Bauch 23 East Germany GDR Bronze
3T Ricardo Rojas 25 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Benny Pike 26 Australia AUS
5T Davit K'vach'adze 28 Soviet Union URS
5T Georgică Donici 23 Romania ROU
5T Michael Madsen 22 Denmark DEN
9T Michael Nassoro 24 Tanzania TAN
9T Andy Straughn 19 Great Britain GBR
9T Bozhidar Ivanov 23 Bulgaria BUL
9T Anaclet Wamba 20 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
9T Jean-Paul Nanga-Ntsah 25 Cameroon CMR
9T Csaba Kuzma 25 Hungary HUN
9T Ismail Salman 23 Iraq IRQ