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Boxing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Paul Gonzales, Jr.
Silver: ITA Salvatore Todisco
Bronze: VEN Marcelino Bolívar
ZAM Keith Mwila

Summary

None of the medalists from the 1982 World Championships were present in Los Angeles, partly because of the Soviet-led boycott, which left this class wide open. The American entrant was Paul Gonzales, Jr., who had won silver at the 1983 Pan American Games, behind Puerto Rico's Rafael Ramos. Ramos went out in the quarter-finals, losing a majority decision to Italy's Salvatore Todisco, the 1983 European Amateur silver medalist. Gonzales advanced to the final, as did Todisco, but Todisco had broken a thumb in defeating Zambia's Keith Mwila in the semis, and could not contest the final, giving Gonzales the gold medal by walkover. He was also given the Val Barker Trophy as the best boxer at the 1984 Olympic Games. For Gonzales, it was a redemption for a life that had started in Los Angeles ghettoes and saw him use boxing to escape from a gang life. He turned professional in 1985 and fought as a pro through 1991, getting several title shots, but never managing to win one, and he finished with a career record of 16 wins and 4 losses.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Paul Gonzales, Jr. 20 United States USA Gold
2 Salvatore Todisco 22 Italy ITA Silver
3T Marcelino Bolívar 20 Venezuela VEN Bronze
3T Keith Mwila Zambia ZAM Bronze
5T Mamoru Kuroiwa 21 Japan JPN
5T Rafael Ramos 19 Puerto Rico PUR
5T Carlos Motta 28 Guatemala GUA
5T John Lyon 22 Great Britain GBR
9T Francis Tejedor 18 Colombia COL
9T Chung Pao-Ming 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Gerry Hawkins 23 Ireland IRL
9T Jesús Beltre 19 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Agapito Gómez 21 Spain ESP
9T Daniel Mwangi 18 Kenya KEN
9T Yehuda Ben Haim 28 Israel ISR
9T William Bagonza 23 Uganda UGA
17T Mahjoub M'jirih Morocco MAR
17T Nelson Jamili 25 Philippines PHI
17T Mustafa Genç 30 Turkey TUR
17T Sanpol Sang-Ano 25 Thailand THA
17T Michael Ebo Dankwa 24 Ghana GHA
17T Alego Akomi Sudan SUD
17T Abbas Zeghayer Iraq IRQ
17T Kim Gwang-Seon 20 South Korea KOR