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Boxing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 17, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: BUL Ismail Mustafov
Silver: USA Michael Carbajal
Bronze: HUN Róbert Isaszegi
PHI Leopoldo Serrantes

Summary

Although world champion Juan Torres Odelin was missing due to the boycott it still appeared that North American fighters would be difficult to beat in Seoul, notably Luis Rolón of Puerto Rico and American Michael Carbajal. Both men drew tough Asian opponents in the first round and, while Carbajal survived a close contest with O Gwang-Su, a Korean fighter of whom of the host nation had high hopes, Rolón was eliminated in an equally close match with Chatchai Sasakul of Thailand.

The American had little difficulty with his next three opponents and found himself facing Ivaylo Khristov of Bulgaria for the gold medal. Khristov was a former World and European but at 28 was considered ancient for a light-flyweight and passed his best. The Bulgarian successfully boxed on the retreat in round one but Carbajal upped his work rate and won the second clearly. The final round was close but all five judges gave it, and the Olympic title to Khristov.

Ivaylo Khristov was a member of the Turkish minority and as such had been forced to change his name under the policies brought in by the regime of Todor Zhivkov. He competed at the 1980 Olympics under his birth name of Ismail Mustafov. Carbajal went on to a lucrative career as a professional in which he had three separate reigns as world light-flyweight champion.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ismail Mustafov 28 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Michael Carbajal 21 United States USA Silver
3T Róbert Isaszegi 23 Hungary HUN Bronze
3T Leopoldo Serrantes 26 Philippines PHI Bronze
5T Scotty Olson 20 Canada CAN
5T Chatchai Sasakul 18 Thailand THA
5T Mahjoub M'jirih Morocco MAR
5T Aleksandr Makhmutov 22 Soviet Union URS
9T Ðặng Hiếu Hiền 21 Vietnam VIE
9T Wayne McCullough 18 Ireland IRL
9T Maurice Maina 25 Kenya KEN
9T Sadoon Mohamed Aboub 21 Iraq IRQ
9T Sammy Stewart 19 Liberia LBR
9T Tom Chisenga 19 Zambia ZAM
9T Jesús Beltre 23 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Donald Martínez 17 El Salvador ESA
17T O Gwang-Su 22 South Korea KOR
17T Antonio Caballero 21 Spain ESP
17T Fred Muteweta 17 Uganda UGA
17T Washington Banian 25 Papua New Guinea PNG
17T Luis Rolón 21 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Mohamed Haddad 28 Syria SYR
17T Colin Moore 26 Guyana GUY
17T Bounmy Thephavong 22 Laos LAO
17T Moustafa Esmail 23 Egypt EGY
17T Darwin Angeles 19 Honduras HON
17T Liu Hsin-Hung 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Ochiryn Demberel 25 Mongolia MGL
17T Marcelino Bolívar 24 Venezuela VEN
17T Carlos Eluaiza 23 Argentina ARG
17T Mark Epton 22 Great Britain GBR
32T Damber Dutta Bhatta Nepal NEP
32T Yacine Sheikh 22 Algeria ALG
32T Mamoru Kuroiwa 25 Japan JPN