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Boxing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Events:
Phases:

Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: August 4, 1996
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: THA Somluck Kamsing
Silver: BUL Serafim Todorov
Bronze: ARG Pablo Chacón
USA Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Summary

Serafim Todorov of Bulgaria had been the outstanding featherweight in the world since the 1992 Games and won both of the World Championships in that period. Despite losing the final of the European Championships to Ramaz Paliani of Russia early in 1996 he still arrived in Atlanta as a strong favourite for gold. As well as Paliani, Asian champion Somluck Kamsing, a convert from Thai-style boxing, and Cuban Lorenzo Aragon were also expected to mount medal challenges.

The joker in the pack came from the host nation in the shape of Floyd Mayweather, Jr., a precociously talented teenager whose father and uncle had been outstanding professionals a decade earlier. Mayweather won his first bouts then dispatched Pan-American champion Aragon on a 12-11 decision in the quarter-finals. This was the first time an American boxer had beaten a Cuban at the Olympics since 1976. This set the scene for a Todorov-Mayweather semi-final which was to become one of the major talking points of the whole tournament. Todorov was ruled the winner on a 10-9 decision which was roundly booed by the American fans in the arena. The US team filed a protest alleging that head boxing official, a countryman of Todorov's, intimidated the judges into favouring the Bulgarian but this was dismissed by the AIBA.

Meanwhile Somluck Kamsing had made his way to the final in less controversial fashion. Thailand had never previously won an Olympic title in 40 years of participation but Kamsing was in no mood to fail and took an early lead against Todorov that he never let go and won by 8-5.

He became a national hero in Thailand and, despite being nominally amateur, received $1,000,000 in gifts from government and business sources. He eventually competed in 4 Olympic Games but this was the only medal he won.

Both losing semi-finalists became world champions as professionals with Mayweather becoming one of the few genuine superstars of the sport as the sport declined from the start of the 21st century. By the start of 2013 he remained unbeaten as a professional through 2013 and had career earnings of $213 million.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Somluck Kamsing 23 Thailand THA Gold
2 Serafim Todorov 27 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3T Pablo Chacón 21 Argentina ARG Bronze
3T Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 19 United States USA Bronze
5 Ramazan Paliani 22 Russia RUS
6 János Nagy 21 Hungary HUN
7 Falk Huste 24 Germany GER
8 Lorenzo Aragon 22 Cuba CUB
9T Tingran Ouzlian 28 Greece GRE
9T Philip Ndou 19 South Africa RSA
9T Daniel Attah 17 Nigeria NGR
9T Josian Lebon 22 Mauritius MRI
9T Ulugbek Ibragimov 21 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Robbie Peden 22 Australia AUS
9T Rogério Dezorzi 29 Brazil BRA
9T Artur Gevorgyan 21 Armenia ARM
17T Sin Su-Yeong 25 South Korea KOR
17T Casey Patton 21 Canada CAN
17T Luís Seda 20 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Lynch Ipera 19 Papua New Guinea PNG
17T John Kelman 27 Barbados BAR
17T Tyson Gray 32 Jamaica JAM
17T Serdar Yağlı 18 Turkey TUR
17T David Burke 21 Great Britain GBR
17T Jamgany Narantsogt 21 Mongolia MGL
17T Mohamed Achik 31 Morocco MAR
17T Yevheniy Shestakov 19 Ukraine UKR
17T Nemo Bahari 21 Indonesia INA
17T Noureddine Madjhoud 20 Algeria ALG
17T Bakhtiyar Tyleganov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
17T Elvis Konamegui 23 Cameroon CMR