You Are Here > > > Valery Popenchenko

Valery Popenchenko

Full name: Valery Vladimirovich Popenchenko
Original name: Валерий Владимирович Попенченко
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: August 26, 1937 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Died: February 15, 1975 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Dynamo St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Valery Popenchenko took up boxing in 1948. Popenchenko won a gold medal in middleweight at his first Soviet Championship tournament in 1959. In 1960, Popenchenko took bronze at the Soviet Championships, before winning the title five times in a row from 1961-65. Popenchenko won Olympic gold in 1964 and was the European champion in 1963 and 1965. At the 1964 Olympics, Popenchenko was also awarded the Val Barker Trophy, the only Soviet boxer to achieve that. Popenchenko retired from boxing in 1965 with a record of 200 wins in 213 bouts. In 1968, Popenchenko graduated from the Leningrad Military Higher School of the Border Service with a candidate of sciences degree. From 1970 until his death in 1975, Popenchenko worked as a head of physical culture department of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University. In the middle of 1970s the Bauman Moscow State Technical University started the construction of new buildings of the school (including the sporting facilities), and as the head of physical culture department, Popenchenko often visited the construction site to check the work. On 15 February 1975, Popenchenko was visiting the construction site and, when running down the stairs, where handrails were not yet installed, he lost his balance, falling two floors to the bottom of the stairwell.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Boxing Men's Middleweight Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R T JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Boxing Soviet Union URS Final Round Match 1/2 1 1964-10-23 Popenchenko (URS) , Schulz (GER) referee stops contest 1 2:05
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Boxing Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1964-10-21 Popenchenko (URS) , Walasek (POL) knock-out 3 2:13
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Boxing Soviet Union URS Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1964-10-20 Popenchenko (URS) , Darkey (GHA) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Boxing Soviet Union URS Round Two Match #5 1 1964-10-18 Popenchenko (URS) , Mahmoud (PAK) referee stops contest 1 2:52
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Boxing Soviet Union URS Round One Match #9 1 1964-10-14 Popenchenko (URS) bye
id: 8,531