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Boxing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Mexico Arena, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 14, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 1968
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: URS Boris Lagutin
Silver: CUB Rolando Garbey
Bronze: FRG Günther Meier
USA Johnny Baldwin


The defending champion in this class was [Boris Lagutin] of the Soviet Union and he came to Mexico City as the favorite. Lagutin had also won a bronze in this class in 1960, two European titles (1961, 1963), and six Soviet titles (1959, 1961-1964, 1968) and a silver in 1960. He advanced easily to the final where he met Cuba's [Rolando Garbey], who had won gold at the 1967 Pan American Games. The final was a brawl, with Lagutin defending his gold by unanimous decision, but the Mexican fans booed the Korean referee for letting the bout get out of control. Lagutin would retire from international competition after Mexico City, finishing his amateur career with 287 wins in 298 fights. He later became a coach and sports and boxing administrator in the Soviet Union and Russia. Garbey fought twice more at the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in this class in 1976. He repeated as Pan American Champion in 1971 and 1975, and won a gold medal at the inaugural World Championships in 1974.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Boris Lagutin 30 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Rolando Garbey 20 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Johnny Baldwin 19 United States USA Bronze
3T Günther Meier 27 West Germany FRG Bronze
5T Mario Benítez 22 Uruguay URU
5T Eric Blake 22 Great Britain GBR
5T Ion Covaci 23 Romania ROU
5T David Jackson 19 Uganda UGA
9T Eugenio Boches 29 Guatemala GUA
9T Vojtech Stantien 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Detlef Dahn 25 East Germany GDR
9T Prince Amartey 24 Ghana GHA
9T Aldo Bentini 19 Italy ITA
9T Sayed El-Nahas 28 Egypt EGY
9T Steven Thega 22 Kenya KEN
9T Christian Larsen 21 Denmark DEN
17T Eamonn McCusker 23 Ireland IRL
17T Bekele Alemu 27 Ethiopia ETH
17T Abdel Wahab Abdullah Salih Sudan SUD
17T Víctor Galíndez 19 Argentina ARG
17T Witold Stachurski 21 Poland POL
17T José Cebreros 20 Mexico MEX
17T Moisés Fajardo 21 Spain ESP
17T Honorio Bórquez 21 Chile CHI
17T Walter Campos 17 Costa Rica CRC
17T Albert Menduni 23 France FRA
17T Rainer Salzburger 23 Austria AUT