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Boxing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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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: POL Jan Szczepański
Silver: HUN László Orbán
Bronze: COL Alfonso Pérez
KEN Samuel Mbugua


[Jan Szczepański] lived up to his billing as pre-Olympic favourite by comfortably winning the gold medal. Only once, early in his quarter-final against Ireland's [Charlie Nash], did he ever look under pressure and the 32 year old Pole used his disciplined, methodical style to outbox all his opponents. Hungary's [László Orbán] attempted to draw Szczepański into brawling at close quarters during their gold medal bout but the Pole withstood the temptation and used his left jab to win a unanimous points decision. The bronze medalists were reigning African featherweight champion [Samuel Mbugua] of Kenya, who lost his chance of a place in the final when an injury ruled him out of the semi-final, and [Alfonso Pérez] who won Colombia's first ever Olympic medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jan Szczepański 32 Poland POL Gold
2 László Orbán 22 Hungary HUN Silver
3T Samuel Mbugua 26 Kenya KEN Bronze
3T Alfonso Pérez 23 Colombia COL Bronze
5T Charlie Nash 21 Ireland IRL
5T Sven Erik Paulsen 26 Norway NOR
5T Eraslan Doruk 22 Turkey TUR
5T Kim Tae-Ho 20 South Korea KOR
9T Antonio Gin 17 Mexico MEX
9T James Busceme 20 United States USA
9T Peter Hess 26 West Germany FRG
9T Muniswamy Venu 26 India IND
9T Karel Kašpar 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Khaidavyn Altankhuyag 25 Mongolia MGL
9T Antoniu Vasile 29 Romania ROU
9T Ivan Mikhaylov 27 Bulgaria BUL
17T Erik Madsen 26 Denmark DEN
17T Courtney Atherly 24 Guyana GUY
17T Kasamiro Kashri Marchlo Sudan SUD
17T Vichit Praianan 20 Thailand THA
17T Enrique Regüeiferos 24 Cuba CUB
17T Gennady Dobrokhotov 23 Soviet Union URS
17T Girmaye Gabre 22 Ethiopia ETH
17T Neville Cole 20 Great Britain GBR
17T Tatu Chionga 28 Malawi MAW
17T Peter Odhiambo 21 Uganda UGA
17T Antonio Comaschi 21 Argentina ARG
17T Luis Rodríguez 24 Venezuela VEN
17T Adeyemi Abayomi 25 Nigeria NGR
17T Guitry Bananier 21 France FRA
17T Giambattista Capretti 25 Italy ITA
17T Hassan Eghmaz 27 Iran IRI
33T Luis Davila 18 Puerto Rico PUR
33T Mohamed Sourour 32 Morocco MAR
33T Jose Martinez 21 Canada CAN
33T Roy Hurdley Panama PAN
33T Abdel Hadj Khallaf Allah 26 Egypt EGY