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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Boxing Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Orlando Martínez
Silver: MEX Alfonso Zamora
Bronze: GBR George Turpin
USA Ricardo Carreras


Missing from the 1972 Olympic Games was European champion Tibor Badari who was a victim of political wrangling within the Hungarian team. In his absence [Ricardo Carreras] of the USA, [Orlando Martinez] of Cuba and [Juan Francisco Rodríguez], a Spaniard who had been European flyweight champion, appeared the most likely medal contenders. Rodríguez was the first of the three to be eliminated although it came in bizarre circumstances. Fighting [Alfonso Zamora] of Mexico in the quarter-finals Rodriguez was sent to the canvas in the final round of their bout. He was up at the count of eight but realized that his gum-shield had been knocked loose and bent down to pick it up. This was misinterpreted by the referee as a sign that he was about to slump back down to the floor and the count was continued to ten. Zamora, who trained in Mexico alongside the legendary bantamweight Ruben Olivares, then continued his streak by eliminating Carreras in the semi-final.

Awaiting Zamora was Orlando Martínez, who had reached the final despite not being overly impressive in his preliminary bouts. Fortunately for the Cuban his style of fighting worked well against the Mexican and he won a unanimous decision after knocking down Zamora at the end of round one. Martinez failed in his attempt to defend his crown in Montréal by which time Zamora was in the middle of his run as WBA world champion in the professional game.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Orlando Martínez 27 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Alfonso Zamora 18 Mexico MEX Silver
3T George Turpin 20 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Ricardo Carreras 22 United States USA Bronze
5T John Nderu 26 Kenya KEN
5T Ferry Moniaga 22 Indonesia INA
5T Vasily Solomin 19 Soviet Union URS
5T Juan Francisco Rodríguez 21 Spain ESP
9T Wang Chee-Yen 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Kim Jong-Ik 23 North Korea PRK
9T Mick Dowling 25 Ireland IRL
9T Joe Destimo 28 Ghana GHA
9T Buyangiin Ganbat 26 Mongolia MGL
9T Marian Lazăr 19 Romania ROU
9T Stefan Förster 21 East Germany GDR
9T Go Saeng-Geun 21 South Korea KOR
17T Pierre Amont N'Diaye 28 Senegal SEN
17T Manuchehr Bahmani 20 Iran IRI
17T Eduardo Barragan 21 Colombia COL
17T Deusdete Vasconcelos 25 Brazil BRA
17T Ove Lundby 18 Sweden SWE
17T Win Maung 26 Myanmar MYA
17T René Silva 17 Nicaragua NCA
17T Werner Schäfer 19 West Germany FRG
17T David Oleme 20 Cameroon CMR
17T Mick O'Brien 18 Australia AUS
17T Charndej Weerapol 28 Thailand THA
17T Flevitus Bitegeko 19 Tanzania TAN
17T Ric Fortaleza 21 Philippines PHI
17T Mayaki Seydou Niger NIG
17T Abdel Aziz Hammi 23 Tunisia TUN
17T Aldo Cosentino 24 France FRA
33T Les Hamilton 18 Canada CAN
33T Mehmet Kumova 19 Turkey TUR
33T Ayele Mohamed 22 Ethiopia ETH
33T Leopold Agbazo 27 Benin BEN
33T Luis Ávila 23 Panama PAN
33T Józef Reszpondek 21 Poland POL