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Robert Shannon

Full name: Robert Edward Shannon
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: November 11, 1962 in Tacoma, Washington, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing


Robert Shannon was of mixed ethnicity, born to a white mother and black father. As a youth in Seattle, he lived in a primarily black district, and often fought on the streets because the other boys thought he was white. His family then moved to Lynnwood, Washington, where he again often fought because the white kids thought he was black. He began boxing competitively and won a US junior title at age 15, and a world junior title at age 16. Shannon qualified for the 1980 US Olympic team that did not compete.

Shannon was 1980 AAU Champion, 1982 US Amateur Champion, and 1984 US Golden Gloves Champion. He lost his second bout at the 1984 Olympics and then turned professional, going undefeated in his first 15 fights, with two draws. However, his career then began to slide, and Shannon retired in 1990 with a pro record of 18 wins, 6 losses, and 2 draws. He never fought for any major titles. Shannon later worked as a barber and a boxing trainer, running his own gym.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Boxing Men's Bantamweight United States USA 9T

Men's Bantamweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Round Three Match #7 2 1984-08-05 Mun (KOR) , Shannon (USA)
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #14 1 1984-08-02 Shannon (USA) , Mwangi (KEN) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Boxing United States USA Round One Match #27 1 1984-07-30 Shannon (USA) bye
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