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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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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.

Gold: CUB Andrés Aldama
Silver: UGA John Mugabi
Bronze: GDR Karl-Heinz Krüger
POL Kazimierz Szczerba

Summary

For one reason or another three of the top contenders for the Olympic welterweight crown were unable to compete in Moscow. West Germany's Ernst Mueller, the European champion, and the new teenage sensation from the USA, Donald Curry, were both victims of the boycott. Jamaican Mike McCallum was present in the Russian capital but was stricken by appendicitis shortly before the Opening Ceremony and was forced to withdraw. It was expected that this class would follow many others at the 1980 Olympic Games and develop into a clash between Eastern Europe and Cuba. The fighter that conspired to upset the applecart was a 20-year-old from Uganda whose main claim to fame was a silver medal at the World Junior Championships. John Mugabi blazed a path of destruction in the early rounds and knocked out his first three opponents to reach the semi-final. On the other side of the draw Andres Aldama of Cuba was emulating Mugabi with the exception of a hard fought points win over Israyel Hakobkokhyan of the USSR. The two men then had contrasting semi-final wins. Aldama comfortably outpointed his East German opponent but Mugabi only advanced on a 3-2 decision over Kazimierz Szczerba of Poland although it must be pointed that the two dissenting voters were both from Warsaw Pact countries. The two big hitters faced off in the final where the greater experience of the Cuban, who was in his second Olympic final, negated the raw power of the Ugandan. For Aldama this was the pinnacle of his career and he never achieved the same sort of success gain. Mugabi went on to be a popular and charismatic addition to the professional scene.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andrés Aldama 24 Cuba CUB Gold
2 John Mugabi 20 Uganda UGA Silver
3T Karl-Heinz Krüger 26 East Germany GDR Bronze
3T Kazimierz Szczerba 26 Poland POL Bronze
5T Plamen Yankov 25 Bulgaria BUL
5T Joey Frost 20 Great Britain GBR
5T Ionel Buduşan 25 Romania ROU
5T Mehmet Bogujevci 29 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Kebede Sahilu 24 Ethiopia ETH
9T Kalevi Marjamaa 27 Finland FIN
9T Paul Rasamimanana 22 Madagascar MAD
9T Michael Pillay 24 Seychelles SEY
9T Sadie Jaffar Mohammed 22 Iraq IRQ
9T Israyel Hakobkokhyan 20 Soviet Union URS
9T Peter Talanti Zambia ZAM
9T Lucas Msomba 26 Tanzania TAN
17T Tömöriin Battör 26 Mongolia MGL
17T Mohamed Ali El-Dahan 20 Syria SYR
17T Elio Díaz 17 Venezuela VEN
17T Ben Sisay 24 Sierra Leone SLE
17T Outsana Dao 20 Laos LAO
17T Mohamed Al Moukdad Lebanon LIB
17T Imre Csjef 20 Hungary HUN
17T Ole Svendsen 28 Denmark DEN
17T Pierre Sotoumey 25 Benin BEN
17T Georges Koffi 24 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
17T P. J. Davitt 21 Ireland IRL
17T Roland Omoruyi 21 Nigeria NGR
17T Miroslav Pavlov 23 Czechoslovakia TCH