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Boxing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Mexico Arena, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: URS Valerian Sokolov
Silver: UGA Eridadi Mukwanga
Bronze: JPN Eiji Morioka
KOR Jang Sun-Gil


Even in his home country, [Valerian Sokolov] was a virtually unknown fighter prior to 1968, when he won the Soviet bantamweight title to qualify for the Olympics. In Mexico City he had only one close fight, that in the first round when he narrowly defeated Ecuador's [Rafael Anchundia], 3-2. He won his next four bouts by two TKOs and two unanimous decisions, defeating Uganda's [Eridadi Mukwanga] in the final, when the referee stopped the fight at 2:15 of the second round. Sokolov never again won a major international, although he would repeat as Soviet Champion in 1969, 1971, and 1973, retiring after 1975 with a career amateur record of 196 wins in 216 fights. Mukwanga was the first silver medalist from Uganda at the Olympics, in any sport. He fought in the 1970 Commonwealth Games, where Ugandan fighters starred, but Mukwanga went out in the first round, and never turned professional. He later became an alcoholic and died in January 1998 under murky circumstances.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valerian Sokolov 22 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Eridadi Mukwanga 25 Uganda UGA Silver
3T Eiji Morioka 22 Japan JPN Bronze
3T Jang Sun-Gil 22 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Samuel Mbugua 22 Kenya KEN
5T Mick Dowling 21 Ireland IRL
5T Roberto Cervantes 20 Mexico MEX
5T Horst Rascher 28 West Germany FRG
9T Micky Carter 19 Great Britain GBR
9T Giuseppe Mura 24 Italy ITA
9T John Rakowski 20 Australia AUS
9T Aldo Cosentino 20 France FRA
9T Nicolae Gîju 25 Romania ROU
9T Domingo Casco 20 Argentina ARG
9T Nikola Savov 26 Bulgaria BUL
9T Sulley Shittu 22 Ghana GHA
17T Rafael Anchundia 22 Ecuador ECU
17T Jouko Lindbergh 21 Finland FIN
17T Dhanraj Singh 21 Guyana GUY
17T Andres Torres 20 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Angelos Theotokatos 29 Greece GRE
17T Bernd Juterzenka 23 East Germany GDR
17T Dominador Calumarde 21 Philippines PHI
17T Kjell Fredriksson 23 Sweden SWE
17T Sammy Goss 21 United States USA
17T Ramiro Suárez 24 Spain ESP
17T Jan Gałązka 23 Poland POL
17T Mahmoud Ladjili 22 Tunisia TUN
17T Wang Chee-Yen 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Fermin Espinosa 28 Cuba CUB
17T Gyula Szabó 24 Hungary HUN
17T Kenneth Campbell 19 Jamaica JAM
33T Mario Mendoza 30 Guatemala GUA
33T Cherdchai Udompaichitkul 26 Thailand THA
33T Godfrey Mwamba 18 Zambia ZAM
33T Dary Dasuda Niger NIG
33T Guillermo Velásquez 23 Chile CHI
33T John Dadigi 18 Nigeria NGR
33T Hermes Silva 17 Nicaragua NCA