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Boxing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA David Reid
Silver: CUB Alfredo Duvergel
Bronze: KAZ Yermakhan Ibraimov
UZB Karim Tulyaganov

Summary

World champion Francisc Vastag of Romania was heralded as the man to beat in Atlanta but he made no impression on the Olympic tournament and crashed out at the first hurdle to German fighter Markus Beyer. In theory this should have left Alfredo Duvergel of Cuba with a clear run at the Olympic title but there was a final twist to the story of the light-middleweight division.

The USA had started well in a quest to match previous Olympic performances when the Games were held on its native soil but the semi-final stages had been a disaster and only one American, David Reid, advanced to the final, in this class. Reid began the final well but Duvergel gradually increased the pressure and, when the fight entered the final round, he held a seemingly unassailable 15-6 lead. The American was then told by his coach Al Mitchell to forget the technical boxing and just go for the knockout. Within 30 seconds Reid landed a chopping right hand punch that landed on Duvergel’s temple and sent him crashing face first onto the canvas. The Cuban attempted to rise but was still groggy and the Bulgarian referee completed the count out. This continued the American run of having won at least one gold medal in boxing at every Games they had attended since 1952.

Reid turned professional after the Games and won a version of the world title in just his 15th pro fight. After two defences he was matched against the legendary Puerto Rican boxer Felix Trinidad in a unification match for the light-middleweight title. He lost the fight via a points decision and also suffered a detached retina during the contest. Reid only had four more contests before continuing worries about his eyesight forced him to retire. Duvergel rebounded to be World Amateur Championships gold medalist in 1997 whilst quarter-finalist Markus Beyer was a 3-time world champion in the professional ranks.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 David Reid 22 United States USA Gold
2 Alfredo Duvergel 28 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Karim Tulyaganov 22 Uzbekistan UZB Bronze
3T Yermakhan Ibraimov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
5 Rival Cadeau 32 Seychelles SEY
6 Mohamed Salah Marmouri 28 Tunisia TUN
7 Markus Beyer 25 Germany GER
8 Antonio Perugino 22 Italy ITA
9T Ashiakwei Aryee 20 Ghana GHA
9T Yared Woldemichael 28 Ethiopia ETH
9T Pavel Polakovič 22 Czech Republic CZE
9T Jørn Johnson 24 Norway NOR
9T György Mizsei 24 Hungary HUN
9T Hendrik Simangunsong 27 Indonesia INA
9T Serhiy Horodnichov 26 Ukraine UKR
9T Roger Pettersson 23 Sweden SWE
17T Jorge Silva 30 Brazil BRA
17T Oscar Gómez 20 Argentina ARG
17T Kurt Sinette 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
17T Lee Wan-Gyun 22 South Korea KOR
17T Victor Kunene 29 South Africa RSA
17T Maselino Masoe 30 American Samoa ASA
17T Sean Black 25 Jamaica JAM
17T Richard Rowles 23 Australia AUS
17T Francisc Vaştag 26 Romania ROU
17T Alexander Kwangwari 27 Zimbabwe ZIM
17T Nick Farrell 20 Canada CAN
17T Albert Eromosele 22 Nigeria NGR
17T Józef Gilewski 25 Poland POL
17T José Luis Quiñones 22 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Shokhrat Kurbanov 25 Turkmenistan TKM