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Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Sports Palace, Roma
Date Started: August 25, 1960
Date Finished: September 5, 1960
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: POL Kazimierz Paździor
Silver: ITA Sandro Lopopolo
Bronze: GBR Dick McTaggart
ARG Abel Laudonio


[Kazimierz Paździor] was a tough Pole who came to Rome with the experience gained from 175 amateur fights. A blacksmith by trade, he had won the 1957 European amateur championship, and won the gold medal in this class by winning five decisions, although only winning his first bout unanimously. In the semi-finals he faced Britain's [Dick McTaggart], the defending gold medalist who was British champion in 1956, 1958, and 1960, and McTaggart gave him all he could handle, with Paździor winning by 3-2 judges' decision. The final saw him face the hometown favorite, [Sandro Lopopolo], but Paździor prevailed by majority decision. Paździor retired from boxing after 1961, winning 179 of 194 amateur bouts. He then studied to become an economist and worked as a boxing coach. McTaggart never turned professional, boxing as an amateur thru 1965, representing Britain again in 1964 at Tokyo, where he went out early, and winning the 1961 European lightweight title and five ABA titles in his career. But it was Lopopolo who had the best pro career in the ring. He turned professional in early 1961 and fought through 1973, finishing with a career record of 59 wins, 10 losses, and 7 draws. Lopopolo was world light-welterweight champion from April 1966 to April 1967.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kazimierz Paździor 25 Poland POL Gold
2 Sandro Lopopolo 20 Italy ITA Silver
3T Dick McTaggart 24 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Abel Laudonio 21 Argentina ARG Bronze
5T Ferenc Kellner 27 Hungary HUN
5T Salah Shokweir 30 United Arab Republic UAR
5T Vilikton Barannikov 22 Soviet Union URS
5T Harry Campbell 22 United States USA
9T Eddie Blay 22 Ghana GHA
9T Yasuyuki Ito 21 Japan JPN
9T Harry Lempio 28 Germany GER
9T Adalberto Hernández 22 Mexico MEX
9T Iosif Mihalic 21 Romania ROU
9T Dagfinn Ness 26 Norway NOR
9T Lee Gwang-Ju 22 South Korea KOR
9T Danny O'Brien 21 Ireland IRL
17T Bhodi Sooknoi 22 Thailand THA
17T Gualberto Gutiérrez 20 Uruguay URU
17T Jacques Cotot 20 France FRA
17T Abdel Kader Gangani Morocco MAR
17T Noureddine Dziri 21 Tunisia TUN
17T Taha Abdul Karim 20 Iraq IRQ
17T Ghulam Sarwar 22 Pakistan PAK
17T Josef Grumser 26 Austria AUT
17T Wim Gerlach 25 Netherlands NED
17T Väinö Järvenpää 26 Finland FIN
17T Fernando Riera 20 Spain ESP
17T Jozef Töre 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Mario Romero 22 Venezuela VEN
17T Dimitar Stoilov 29 Bulgaria BUL
17T Esteban Aguilera 18 Cuba CUB
17T Stoffel Steyn 19 South Africa RSA
33T Sid Prior 17 Australia AUS
33T Johnny Bolang 19 Indonesia INA