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Boxing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Félix Savón
Silver: CAN David Defiagbon
Bronze: GER Luan Krasniqi
USA Nate Jones

Summary

In truth this was only ever going to be a contest to see who else would stand on the podium below the outstanding Cuban Félix Savón and the rest of the competitors seemed overawed by the presence of the reigning Olympic Champion. After a tentative performance in his first bout he was completely untroubled in

the path to the final and had even the luxury of a walkover in the semi-final.

The combatants in the semi-final that did take place would have been considered unlikely opponents for Savón at the time he won his first Olympic gold in 1992. David Defiagbon had competed in Barcelona for Nigeria as a light-middleweight but by 1996 he had changed nationality to Canadian and had added 20 kgs in weight to fight in the heavyweight division. In contrast American Nate Jones languished in prison for grand theft and larceny for most of 1992. Defiagbon sent Jones stumbling around the ring in round one then picked him off at will for a clear points victory.

Sadly for the crowd at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum Defiagbon’s tactics against Savón were extremely negative and he seemed only to be interested in reaching the final bell rather than winning the fight. This resulted in Savón winning on a landslide 20-2 score line and forcing the Canadian to take 2 standing counts.

Savón returned to win gold in 2000 and become one of only 3 fighters to claim gold medals in 3 successive Olympics. He also won a record 6 world championship gold medals during his career.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Félix Savón 28 Cuba CUB Gold
2 David Defiagbon 26 Canada CAN Silver
3T Nate Jones 23 United States USA Bronze
3T Luan Krasniqi 25 Germany GER Bronze
5 Jiang Tao 26 China CHN
6 Christophe Mendy 24 France FRA
7 Sergey Dychkov 19 Belarus BLR
8 Giorgi K'andelak'i 25 Georgia GEO
9T Fola Okesola 22 Great Britain GBR
9T Charles Kizza 22 Uganda UGA
9T Ovidiu Bali 21 Romania ROU
9T Ahmed Rajab Omari 16 Kenya KEN
9T Igor Kshinin 24 Russia RUS
9T Garth Da Silva 22 New Zealand NZL
9T Wojciech Bartnik 28 Poland POL
9T Kwamena Turkson 20 Sweden SWE
17T Amrou Moustafa 24 Egypt EGY
17T Ruslan Chagayev 17 Uzbekistan UZB
17T Cathal O'Grady 19 Ireland IRL
17T Romans Kuklins 21 Latvia LAT
17T Lakha Singh 31 India IND
17T Thompson García 25 Ecuador ECU
17T Go Yeong-Sam 25 South Korea KOR
17T Andrey Kurnyavka 28 Kyrgyzstan KGZ