Host City: Ciudad de MÃ©xico, Mexico
Venue(s): Mexico Arena, Ciudad de MÃ©xico
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Hubert Skrzypczak
This was a new class in 1968 as light-flyweight was added to the Olympic boxing program. The winner was the Venezuelan [Francisco "Morochito" RodrÃguez], who won the first gold medal ever for Venezuela. He achieved this despite breaking his thumb in the final round of the final bout, still hanging on to defeat Korea's [Ji Yong-Ju]. RodrÃguez then attempted to turn professional, signing a contract, but after his mother watched a professional fight, and saw one boxer's bloody mouthpiece fly out and land in her lap, she implored him not to fight, and he abandoned the contract. Jee would win the 1970 Asian Games flyweight title, and later became a coach. He died in 1985 after being stabbed in a fight with his neighbor.
|2||Ji Yong-Ju||19||South Korea||KOR||Silver|
|3T||Harlan Marbley||25||United States||USA||Bronze|
|5T||Hatha Karunaratne||26||Sri Lanka||SRI|
|9T||Thet U Lai||21||Myanmar||MYA|
|9T||Bernd Englmeier||23||East Germany||GDR|
|9T||Viktor Zaporozhets||21||Soviet Union||URS|
|17T||Mohamed Selim Soheim||21||Egypt||EGY|