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Boxing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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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: YUG Ante Josipović
Silver: NZL Kevin Barry
Bronze: ALG Mustapha Moussa
USA Evander Holyfield

Summary

The 1982 World Champion was Cuba's Pablo Romero, and in 1983 he won the Pan American Games gold medal, defeating American Evander Holyfield in the final. Romero was absent because of the Soviet-led boycott, leaving Holyfield as the favorite in Los Angeles. Holyfield rolled through his first three matches, none going the distance, and in the semi-finals faced New Zealand's Kevin Barry, the 1982 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist. Near the end of the second round, Holyfield hammered Barry's ribs with a right, and then unloaded with a left hook that floored Barry. The official, a Yugoslav named Gligorije Novičić, waved Holyfield to a neutral corner and then counted out Barry. He then turned to Holyfield and disqualified him for a purported late hit, saying he had told him to break prior to the left hook. Films did seem to confirm this, but even Barry told Holyfield that "You won the fight fair and square." The pro-American crowd went crazy, and Novičić had to receive a police escort to exit the arena. Barry had "won", but could not fight in the finals because he had been knocked out and amateur rules prohibit a knocked out boxer from fighting for 28 days. This gave the gold medal to Ante Josipović, who like Novičić, was from Yugoslavia. During the victory ceremony, Josipović pulled Holyfield up to the top step of the podium. Josipović turned professional in 1990, fighting through 1995, and retiring after losing two bouts for the Croatian professional cruiserweight title. Holyfield turned professional right after the Los Angeles Olympics. Always in superb condition, with a chiseled body, he continued to fight through 2011, winning multiple world titles in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. His pro record at the end of 2011 was 44 wins, 10 losses, and 2 draws. Pablo Romero never got to box at the Olympics as Cuba would boycott again in 1988, but he won the World Championship once again in 1986, and repeated as Pan American champion in 1987.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ante Josipović 22 Yugoslavia YUG Gold
2 Kevin Barry 24 New Zealand NZL Silver
3T Evander Holyfield 21 United States USA Bronze
3T Mustapha Moussa 22 Algeria ALG Bronze
5T Tony Wilson 23 Great Britain GBR
5T Georgică Donici 27 Romania ROU
5T Sylvanus Okello 21 Kenya KEN
5T Jean-Paul Nanga-Ntsah 29 Cameroon CMR
9T Drake Thadzi 23 Malawi MAW
9T Roberto Oviedo 24 Argentina ARG
9T Fine Sani Vea 24 Tonga TGA
9T Markus Bott 22 West Germany FRG
9T Michael Nassoro 28 Tanzania TAN
9T Ismail Salman 27 Iraq IRQ
9T Christer Corpi 24 Sweden SWE
9T Jonathan Kiriisa 25 Uganda UGA
17T Juha Hänninen 24 Finland FIN
17T Ahmed El-Nagar 20 Egypt EGY
17T Taju Akay 22 Ghana GHA
17T Anthony Longdon Grenada GRN
17T Philip Pinder 19 Bahamas BAH
17T Arcadio Fuentes 18 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Don Smith 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
17T Djiguible Traoré 24 Mali MLI