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Boxing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 18, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Angel Herrera
Silver: GDR Richard Nowakowski
Bronze: MEX Juan Paredes
POL Leszek Kosedowski


After the requisite seven withdrawals in round two by African fighters, the final came down to two young, little-known boxers – Cuba's [Ángel Herrera] and Poland's [Richard Nowakowski]. Nowadowski had had an easy time in the early rounds, winning two unanimous decisions, with one win by knockout, and one by TKO. Herrera had only one close bout, defeating American [Davey Armstrong] by a 3-2 decision in the quarter-finals. Armstrong was the American choice for this class after 1974 World Champion [Howard Davis, Jr.] moved up to the lightweights. The final was not close, as Herrera dominated and knocked out Nowakowski in the second round. Herrera and Nowakowski, however, would soon become among the best amateur boxers over the next decade.

Herrera returned to the Olympics in 1980 and won another gold medal, this time as a lightweight. He also won World titles in 1978 (featherweight) and 1982 (lightweight), finishing his international career with a silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games. Nowakowski won the 1977 and 1981 European titles in this class, and added a bronze medal at the 1982 World Championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Angel Herrera 18 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Richard Nowakowski 20 East Germany GDR Silver
3T Leszek Kosedowski 22 Poland POL Bronze
3T Juan Paredes 23 Mexico MEX Bronze
5T Gheorghe Ciochină 25 Romania ROU
5T Choi Chung-Il 18 South Korea KOR
5T Bratislav Ristić 22 Yugoslavia YUG
5T Davey Armstrong 21 United States USA
9T René Weller 22 West Germany FRG
9T Camille Huard 24 Canada CAN
9T Yukio Odagiri 20 Japan JPN
9T Tibor Badari 27 Hungary HUN
9T Behzad Ghaedi 19 Iran IRI
9T Gustavo de la Cruz 22 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Clarence Robinson 26 Jamaica JAM
9T Angel Pacheco 23 Venezuela VEN
17T Serge Thomas 25 France FRA
17T Ruben Mares 20 Philippines PHI
17T Raimundo Alves 25 Brazil BRA
17T Anatoly Volkov 23 Soviet Union URS
17T Sen Rai India IND
17T Rumen Peshev 21 Bulgaria BUL
17T Ravsalyn Otgonbayar 21 Mongolia MGL
17T Pinit Boonjoung 21 Thailand THA
17T Carlos Calderon 20 Puerto Rico PUR
26 Sandalio Calderon 23 Colombia COL