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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Light-Welterweight

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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.

Gold: ITA Patrizio Oliva
Silver: URS Serik Konakbayev
Bronze: CUB José Aguilar
GBR Tony Willis

Summary

Of the 11 weight divisions contested at the 1980 Olympic Games 10 were won by boxers from communist countries. The one exception came at light-welterweight where Patrizio Oliva, the Italian champion from Napoli, emerged triumphant. Oliva's major obstacle was Serik Konakbayev of the USSR who had defeated the Italian in the European Championship before travelling to the USA to win the 1979 World Cup. While Konakbayev had a trouble free progression through the rounds, Oliva was lucky to survive a meeting with Ace Rusevski of Yugoslavia in the last eight. With two judges splitting their votes, the Italian only progressed when the fifth judge, who had the fight even, gave him his preferential vote. Despite being roared on by a partisan Muscovite crowd, on this occasion Konakbayev was unable to figure out the awkward style of the Italian bank clerk. Oliva was declared champion on a 4-1 split decision of the judges with the dissenting vote coming from the Bulgarian judge. As the verdict was declared the Italian slumped to his knees and started weeping. He was awarded the Val Barker Trophy for best boxer of the tournament on the strength of his performances. Konabakyev continued his winning ways as an amateur and retained both his European and World Cup title. As Soviet champion he may well have been picked for the 1984 Olympic if not for the Communist boycott. Oliva, in contrast, began a professional career that was highlighted by both European and world title reigns.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Patrizio Oliva 21 Italy ITA Gold
2 Serik Konakbayev 20 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Tony Willis 20 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T José Aguilar 20 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T José Angel Molina 21 Puerto Rico PUR
5T Farouk Chanchoun 25 Iraq IRQ
5T William Lyimo 26 Tanzania TAN
5T Ace Rusevski 23 Yugoslavia YUG
9T John Munduga 19 Uganda UGA
9T Ryu Bun-Hwa 20 North Korea PRK
9T Dietmar Schwarz 20 East Germany GDR
9T Imre Bácskai 19 Hungary HUN
9T Khastyn Jamgan 29 Mongolia MGL
9T Shadrach Odhiambo 25 Sweden SWE
9T Boualem Bel Alouane 19 Algeria ALG
9T Farez Halabi 23 Syria SYR
17T Jaime Sodré 24 Brazil BRA
17T Bogdan Gajda 26 Poland POL
17T Barry Cambridge 23 Guyana GUY
17T Margarit Atanasov 22 Bulgaria BUL
17T M. Kampanath 23 Laos LAO
17T Aurélien Agnan 22 Benin BEN
17T Nelson Rodríguez 25 Venezuela VEN
17T Ayodele Peters 23 Nigeria NGR
17T Martin Brerton 19 Ireland IRL
17T Bishnu Malakar 20 Nepal NEP
17T Teddy Makofi Zambia ZAM
17T Ebrahim Saide 28 Ethiopia ETH
17T Paul Kamela 18 Cameroon CMR
17T Simion Cuţov 28 Romania ROU