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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games

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Host City: München, West Germany
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Events: 11

Participants: 354 (354 men and 0 women) from 80 countries
Youngest Participant: PUR Wilfredo Gómez (15 years, 303 days)
Oldest Participant: URS Volodymyr Ivanov (36 years, 203 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 44 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): CUB Cuba (5 medals)


The 1972 boxing tournament was held at the [Boxhalle] in Olympiapark in München, later to be known as the Olympia-Eissportzentrum. This was an indoor arena constructed for the 1972 Olympics, which also hosted judo competition. As in 1968 there were 11 events held in 1972 boxing.

The big story in boxing at München was the emergence of Cuba as a dominant nation. Cuban boxers won three gold medals and five medals in 1972, led by their heavyweight [Teófilo Stevenson], who won the first of his three consecutive gold medals in the heaviest class, and was awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the top boxer of the Olympic tournament. The Soviet Union won only two medals, but both of them were gold. Hungary and Poland each won four medals, with both winning one gold medal.

The United States had one of its worst Olympic boxing performances in memory, winning only one event, that the light-welterweight by [Ray Seales], adding three additional bronze medals. Of the 1972 boxing gold medalists, only Yugoslavian light-hearvyweight [Mate Parlov] would have a top professional career.