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Shawn O'Sullivan

Full name: Shawn O'Sullivan
Nickname(s): Cabbagetown Kid II
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: May 9, 1962 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Shawn O’Sullivan took up boxing as a youngster and, by the age of 16, had been crowned the Canadian junior champion in the light-middleweight division. By the early 1980s he was representing his nation abroad and was crowned the World Amateur Champion, as well as Canadian Athlete of the Year, in 1981. He took gold again at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and was considered one of the favorites, along with American [Frank Tate], in the division at the 1984 Summer Olympics. After a bye in the first round, O’Sullivan dispatched his first three opponents, [Mohamed Halibi] of Lebanon, [An Dal-Ho] of South Korea, and [Rod Douglas] of Great Britain, with ease, before losing in a 3-2 decision against [Christophe Tiozzo] of France. This split triggered an automatic review of the judges’ decision by a jury, who ended up awarding the bout to O’Sullivan 4-1. The Canadian then fought Tate in a battle that most spectators, including Tate’s coach, believed that O’Sullivan won. Nonetheless, the judges awarded the match to Tate, who was booed by his hometown audience during the medal ceremony.

O’Sullivan turned professional after the Games and won sixteen of his first seventeen fights, losing only to Simon Brown, a future WBC Welter and Light-Middleweight Champion. He was defeated by another future WBC Light-Middleweight Champion, Luis Santana, in a bid for the NABF Welterweight Title and retired after another loss later that year, this time to Donovan Boucher for the Canadian Welterweight Title. He staged comebacks in 1991 and 1996, but was never able to return to peak form and returned to retirement within a year of both attempts, finishing with a career pro record of 23 (KO16)-5.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Boxing Men's Light-Middleweight Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Light-Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR R T
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Final Round Match 1/2 2 1984-08-11 Tate (USA) , O'Sullivan (CAN) 0 57 57 58 58 58 288
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1984-08-09 O'Sullivan (CAN) , Tiozzo (FRA) 4 58 59 60 59 60 296 decision
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1984-08-08 O'Sullivan (CAN) , Douglas (GBR) 5 59 59 59 60 60 297 decision
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Round Three Match #8 1 1984-08-06 O'Sullivan (CAN) , An (KOR) referee stops contest 1 1:28
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Round Two Match #15 1 1984-07-31 O'Sullivan (CAN) , Halibi (LIB) referee stops contest (head blow) 2 1:58
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Boxing Canada CAN Round One Match #29 1 1984-07-29 O'Sullivan (CAN) bye
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