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Boxing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Club Joventut Pavillion, Badalona
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Oscar De La Hoya
Silver: GER Marco Rudolph
Bronze: KOR Hong Seong-Sik
MGL Namjilyn Bayarsaikhan

Summary

In 1990 17-year-old American Oscar De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Goodwill Games. When his mother died a few months later, he made a deathbed promise to win an Olympic gold medal in 1992. But at the 1991 World Championships, De La Hoya lost his first-round match to German Marco Rudolph, who went on to win the gold medal. Both were in Barcelona along with Cuban star Julio González, the 1989 and 1991 Pan American champion, but he was upset in the second round by Bulgaria's Toncho Tonchev, clearing the path for Rudolph and De La Hoya, who met in the final. The final was close after two rounds, De La Hoya leading 3-2, but he knocked Rudolph down at 1:09 of the third, and pulled away to win a 7-2 decision.

Oscar De La Hoya turned professional shortly after the 1992 Olympics, and became one of the great professional champions. He held multiple titles, including WBO super featherweight champion, WBO lightweight champion, IBF lightweight champion, WBC light-welterweight champion, WBC welterweight champion, WBC light-middleweight champion (twice), WBA super-welterweight champion, and WBO middleweight champion. Handsome and personable, he used that and his boxing skills to become very wealthy, retiring after 2008 with a career record of 39-6, four of the losses coming in his last seven fights. Rudolph also turned professional, in 1995, and in 1998 fought for the WBO lightweight belt, but lost and then retired with a career mark of 13 wins and 1 loss.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oscar De La Hoya 19 United States USA Gold
2 Marco Rudolph 22 Germany GER Silver
3T Hong Seong-Sik 24 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Namjilyn Bayarsaikhan 26 Mongolia MGL Bronze
5T Rashi Ali Hadj Matumla 24 Tanzania TAN
5T Julien Lorcy 20 France FRA
5T Toncho Tonchev 19 Bulgaria BUL
5T Ronald Chavez 22 Philippines PHI
9T Mauricio Ávila 19 Guatemala GUA
9T Jacobo Garcia 19 United States Virgin Islands ISV
9T Shigeyuki Dobashi 21 Japan JPN
9T Dariusz Snarski 23 Poland POL
9T Moses Odion 20 Nigeria NGR
9T Henry Kungsi 22 Papua New Guinea PNG
9T Artur Grigoryan 24 Unified Team EUN
9T Billy Irwin 24 Canada CAN
17T Felix Bwalya 22 Zambia ZAM
17T Kamal Marjouane 27 Morocco MAR
17T Delroy Leslie 22 Jamaica JAM
17T Vasile Nistor 25 Romania ROU
17T Justin Rowsell 20 Australia AUS
17T János Petrovics 20 Hungary HUN
17T Adilson Silva 24 Brazil BRA
17T Hussain Arshad 25 Pakistan PAK
17T Julio González 31 Cuba CUB
17T Óscar Palomino 20 Spain ESP
17T Yun Yong-Chol 24 North Korea PRK
17T Emil Rizk 22 Egypt EGY
17T Alan Vaughan 20 Great Britain GBR