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Boxing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Light-Welterweight

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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: USA Sugar Ray Leonard
Silver: CUB Andrés Aldama
Bronze: BUL Vladimir Kolev
POL Kazimierz Szczerba


The 1974 World Champion was Uganda's Ayub Kalule but he turned professional early in 1976, and the African boycott would have prevented him from fighting. The 1972 gold medalist had been [Sugar Ray Seales], and a Sugar Ray was back for the United States, but this time in the form of [Sugar Ray Leonard], a young man from suburban Washington, who was just out of high school. With hands as quick as a snake's bite, Leonard advanced to the final to face Cuba's [Andrés Aldama], who was also relatively inexperienced. The final was not close as Leonard won by unanimous decision. Aldama would return to the Olympics in 1980, after winning Pan American gold in 1979, and win a gold medal, defeating [John Mugabi] in the welterweight final, a future professional champion.

Sugar Ray Leonard moved on to the professional ranks, although he had stated all during the Olympics that he would not do so until he had gone to college. He would have one of the great, and longest, professional careers of any Olympic boxer. He fought through 1991, although he returned for one bout in 1997. He won his first world title in 1979, the NABF welterweight crown, and he would eventually win world titles in five different weight classes. One of those came in 1981 when he defeated Ayub Kalule, the man who was not there at Montréal, for the WBA and The Ring light-middleweight crowns. Leonard became wealthy, winning over $100 million in purses, and was named the Boxer of the Decade for the 1980s. His career professional record was 36 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sugar Ray Leonard 20 United States USA Gold
2 Andrés Aldama 20 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Vladimir Kolev 22 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
3T Kazimierz Szczerba 22 Poland POL Bronze
5T Calistrat Cuțov 27 Romania ROU
5T Luis Portillo 19 Argentina ARG
5T József Nagy 23 Hungary HUN
5T Ulrich Beyer 28 East Germany GDR
9T Syamsul Harahap 23 Indonesia INA
9T Jesús Sánchez 23 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Sodnomyn Gombo 30 Mongolia MGL
9T Francisco de Jesus 20 Brazil BRA
9T Ernst Müller 22 West Germany FRG
9T Chris Clarke 19 Canada CAN
9T Christian Sittler 22 Austria AUT
9T Clinton McKenzie 20 Great Britain GBR
17T Jean-Claude Ruiz 21 France FRA
17T Park Tae-Sik 24 South Korea KOR
17T Sabahattin Burcu 25 Turkey TUR
17T Jesús Navas 22 Venezuela VEN
17T Ismael Martínez 20 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Lasse Friman 21 Finland FIN
17T Narong Boonfuang 19 Thailand THA
17T Valery Limasov 20 Soviet Union URS
25T José Manuel Gómet 20 Spain ESP
25T Siergot Sully 25 Haiti HAI
25T Ulf Carlsson 27 Sweden SWE
25T Luis Godoy 24 Colombia COL
25T Chand Machiah India IND
25T Daniele Zappaterra 20 Italy ITA
25T Robert Colley 21 New Zealand NZL