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Boxing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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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: ITA Nino Benvenuti
Silver: URS Yury Radonyak
Bronze: GBR Jim Lloyd
POL Lech Drogosz


The Italians pinned their hopes on their best boxer in 1960, [Nino Benvenuti], who had been European light-middleweight champion in 1957 and 1959 and was already a five-time Italian champion. Benvenuti won four bouts in Rome by unanimous decision to make the final against the Soviet [Yury Radonyak], a relative unknown. Benvenuti knocked down Radonyak in the first round, but although the Soviet came back strongly, he would lose a majority decision, 4-1. For his victory, Benvenuti was awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the best boxer at the Rome Olympics. Benvenuti then turned professional and in 1967 defeated Emile Griffith to win the world welterweight title. He lost a re-match against Griffith, but they fought again in March 1968, with Benvenuti winning the rubber match. He then held the world title through November 1970 before losing it to Carlos Monzon. Benvenuti retired after losing a re-match to Monzon in May 1971, finishing with a career professional record of 82 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw. He is considered by many boxing experts as Italy's greatest ever fighter. After his boxing career ended he became a businessman and sports commentator, and then in 1995 travelled to India, renouncing the material world to volunteer at Mother Teresa's Hospice.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nino Benvenuti 22 Italy ITA Gold
2 Yury Radonyak 24 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Lech Drogosz 27 Poland POL Bronze
3T Jim Lloyd 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
5T Andrés Navarro 22 Spain ESP
5T Henry Loubscher 24 South Africa RSA
5T Shishman Mitsev 23 Bulgaria BUL
5T Phil Baldwin 18 United States USA
9T Joseph Lartey 22 Ghana GHA
9T Viljo Aho 27 Finland FIN
9T Ghasem Yavarkandi 28 Iran IRI
9T Des Duguid 18 Australia AUS
9T Omrane Sadok 22 Tunisia TUN
9T Kim Gi-Su 19 South Korea KOR
9T Vasile Neagu 19 Romania ROU
9T Max Meier 24 Switzerland SUI
17T Bruno Guse 21 Germany GER
17T Karl Bergström 23 Sweden SWE
17T Mohamed Atmani 23 Morocco MAR
17T Tongchai Teptani 24 Thailand THA
17T Benny Nielsen 26 Denmark DEN
17T Alfredo Cornejo 27 Chile CHI
17T László Sebők 22 Hungary HUN
17T Dharmasiri Weerakoon 21 Sri Lanka SRI
17T Tomislav Kelava 27 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Aurelio González 21 Argentina ARG
17T Henry Perry 25 Ireland IRL
17T Jean Josselin 20 France FRA
17T Mohamed Faragalla 21 Sudan SUD
17T Whitfield Moseley 20 Nigeria NGR
17T René Grün 27 Luxembourg LUX
17T Franz Koschina 21 Austria AUT
33 Roberto Martínez 22 Uruguay URU