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Boxing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Club Joventut Pavillion, Badalona
Date Started: July 26, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: IRL Michael Carruth
Silver: CUB Juan Hernández Sierra
Bronze: PUR Anibál Acevedo
THA Chenglai Arkhom

Summary

In 1991 Cuba's Juan Hernández Sierra won gold medals at the Pan American Games and the World Championships and came to Barcelona as the favorite in this class. He had an easy time getting to the final, where he met Ireland's Michael Carruth, bronze medalist at the 1989 Worlds. Carruth had fought as a lightweight at the 1988 Olympics, but did not win a medal and was not considered a major challenger in Barcelona. He made it to the final after upsetting Germany's Andreas Otto, 1989 World runner-up, in the quarter-finals. All Ireland watched, as they love boxing, and no Irish athlete had won Olympic gold in any sport since Ronnie Delany in the 1956 1,500 metres in track & field athletics.

The final was close with Carruth leading 4-3 after the first round. Despite three penalty points in round two, Carruth remained tied, 8-8, heading into the final round. But Hernández flagged in the final round and Carruth had his, and Ireland's, gold medal, 13-10. Carruth was an Irish soldier and was promoted to sergeant on his return to Eire. He served out his military service and turned professional in 1994, fighting through 2000 with a career record of 18-3. He had two world title fights, in 1997 and 2000, but lost them both. The final was a major upset as Hernández would become one of the greatest amateur fighters of the 1990s. He won the World Championships again in 1993, 1995, and 1999, and repeated his Pan American gold in 1995. In 1996 he returned to the Olympics, but it was not to be as he again lost in the final, this time to Russian Oleg Saitov.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Carruth 25 Ireland IRL Gold
2 Juan Hernández Sierra 23 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Anibál Acevedo 21 Puerto Rico PUR Bronze
3T Chenglai Arkhom 22 Thailand THA Bronze
5T Andreas Otto 28 Germany GER
5T Vitalijus Karpačiauskas 26 Lithuania LTU
5T Francisc Vaştag 22 Romania ROU
5T Sören Antman 25 Sweden SWE
9T Maselino Tuifao 21 Samoa SAM
9T Mario Romero 20 Nicaragua NCA
9T Pepe Reilly 20 United States USA
9T Nick Odore 27 Kenya KEN
9T Stefan Scriggins 22 Australia AUS
9T Adrian Carew-Dodson 21 Great Britain GBR
9T César Ramos 21 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Jeon Jin-Cheol 24 South Korea KOR
17T Andrew Lewis 21 Guyana GUY
17T Shah Khyber 27 Pakistan PAK
17T Víctor Baute 20 Spain ESP
17T Andrey Pestryayev 22 Unified Team EUN
17T Yusef Khateri 20 Iran IRI
17T José de la Cruz 29 Venezuela VEN
17T Harry Simon 20 Namibia NAM
17T Francisco Moniz 26 Angola ANG
17T Masashi Kawakami 20 Japan JPN
17T Tajudeen Sabitu 27 Nigeria NGR
17T Giovanni Pretorius 20 South Africa RSA
17T Wiesław Małyszko 21 Poland POL
17T Abdellah Taouane 24 Morocco MAR
17T Saïd Ben Najem 24 France FRA