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Boxing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight

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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: BUL Daniel Bozhinov
Silver: PHI Mansueto Velasco
Bronze: ESP Rafael Lozano
UKR Oleh Kiriukhin

Summary

There was an obvious favourite for the Olympic title in the shape of Bulgaria’s World and European champion Daniel Bozhinov who also boxed under his birth name of Petrov at various stages of his career. Bozhinov already had an Olympic medal, a silver, from the 1992 Olympics but the 1996 version was a far superior fighter than the one seen in Barcelona and was considered one of the finest amateur boxers in the world. In Atlanta he proved his supremacy beyond doubt and was never really troubled in any of his 4 fights. The tall Bulgarian had a distinctive style, similar to that employed by Muhammad Ali AKA Cassius Clay, which involved keeping his hands down by his waist and using his reflexes to sucker his opponents into leaving themselves open to his trademark left jabs and right hooks.

His final opponent was Mansueto Velasco, brother of [Roel] (/athletes/show/7676) who was a bronze medallist in the same division 4 years earlier. Velasco’s attempt to be the Philippines’ first Olympic champion faltered from the beginning and Bozhinov was a clear winner by 19 points to 6.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Daniel Bozhinov 24 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Mansueto Velasco 22 Philippines PHI Silver
3T Oleh Kiriukhin 21 Ukraine UKR Bronze
3T Rafael Lozano 26 Spain ESP Bronze
5 Somrot Kamsing 24 Thailand THA
6 Albert Guardado 23 United States USA
7 Hamid Berhili 32 Morocco MAR
8 La Paene Masara 22 Indonesia INA
9T Nshan Munchyan 33 Armenia ARM
9T Sabin Marius Bornei 21 Romania ROU
9T Beibis Mendoza 21 Colombia COL
9T Anicet Rasoanaivo 26 Madagascar MAD
9T Yosvany Aguilera 21 Cuba CUB
9T Yang Xiangzhong 21 China CHN
9T Masibulele Makepula 23 South Africa RSA
9T Jesús Martínez 20 Mexico MEX
17T Yaşar Giritli 26 Turkey TUR
17T José Pérez 21 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Domenic Figliomeni 29 Canada CAN
17T Abdul Rashid Qambrani 21 Pakistan PAK
17T Geovany Baca 25 Honduras HON
17T Modiradilo Healer 26 Botswana BOT
17T Stefan Ström 18 Sweden SWE
17T Tsai Chih-Hsiu 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Alfred Tetteh 20 Ghana GHA
17T Alberto Rossel 21 Peru PER
17T Joseph Benhard 24 Namibia NAM
17T Debendra Thapa 19 India IND
17T Sapol Biki 22 Malaysia MAS
17T Peter Baláž 22 Slovakia SVK