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Boxing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Club Joventut Pavillion, Badalona
Date Started: July 28, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Félix Savón
Silver: NGR David Izonritei
Bronze: NED Arnold Vanderlijde
NZL David Tua

Summary

Cuba's Félix Savón came to Barcelona having won the last three World Championships – 1986, 1989, 1991; the 1987 and 1991 Pan American Games; and the 1986 and 1990 Central American and Caribbean Games. There was no heavier favorite in boxing at the 1992 Olympics. He won his first two matches easily and then faced the United States' Danell Nicholson in the quarter-finals, and was surprisingly pressed by the little-known American. Nicholson led 8-6 after two rounds, but Savón pulled out the victory in the final round, winning 13-11. Savón then defeated the Netherlands' Arnold Vanderlijde for the eighth consecutive time, and won the gold medal with an easy decision over Nigeria's David Izonritei, the 1991 All-Africa Games champion. Vanderlijde came to Barcelona having won the bronze medal at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics in this class, and through 2008 is still the only Olympic boxer to have won three bronze medals. He was European Amateur Champion in 1987, 1989, and 1991.

Savón would return in 1996 and 2000 to win three consecutive gold medals in Olympic boxing, matching the feats of Hungary's László Papp and his countryman, Teófilo Stevenson. He would also win the world amateur championship again in 1993, 1995, and 1997, to record six consecutive world titles. He took silver in 1999, but only after making the final and having to withdraw when the Cubans withdrew their entire team in protest over some controversial decisions. Savón also won the Pan American Games again in 1995, and added golds at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1993 and 1998.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Félix Savón 24 Cuba CUB Gold
2 David Izonritei 29 Nigeria NGR Silver
3T Arnold Vanderlijde 29 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T David Tua 19 New Zealand NZL Bronze
5T Vojtěch Rückschloss 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Kirk Johnson 20 Canada CAN
5T Paul Douglas 28 Ireland IRL
5T Danell Nicholson 24 United States USA
9T Georgios Stefanopoulos 30 Greece GRE
9T José Ortega 28 Spain ESP
9T Joseph Akhasamba 29 Kenya KEN
9T Morteza Shiri 30 Iran IRI
9T Chae Seong-Bae 23 South Korea KOR
9T Aleksey Chudinov 20 Unified Team EUN
9T Željko Mavrović 23 Croatia CRO
9T Bert Teuchert 25 Germany GER
17T Emilio Leti 28 Samoa SAM
17T John Pettersson 23 Sweden SWE
17T Vidas Markevičius 28 Lithuania LTU
17T Mark Hulstrøm 26 Denmark DEN
17T Paul Lawson 25 Great Britain GBR
17T Elio Ibarra 24 Argentina ARG
17T Krzysztof Rojek 20 Poland POL