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Boxing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Maurice Richard Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Michael Spinks
Silver: URS Rufat Riskiyev
Bronze: CUB Luis Felipe Martínez
ROU Alec Năstac


The American [Michael Spinks] had a short course to get to the final of this class. He had a bye in the first round, had a walkover in round two due to a withdrawal caused by the African boycott, won a unanimous decision in the quarter-finals over Poland's [Ryszard Pasiewicz], and was then to meet Romania's [Alec Năstac], silver medalist at the 1974 World Championships, in the semis. But Năstac had sustained a cut eye in his quarter, and was deemed unfit to fight, so Spinks moved on to the final against the Soviet [Rufat Riskiyev], the 1974 World Champion, having had only one fight. Riskiyev had defeated Spinks at a match in Tashkent early in 1976, but in the final, Spinks landed a telling body blow in round three, and the referee had to stop the contest, giving Spinks the gold medal.

Spinks, whose brother, [Leon], won the light-heavyweight gold medal in Montréal, turned professional. In 1981 he won the WBA light-heavyweight world title by defeating Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Michael Spinks would hold a version of the light-heavyweight title through 1985 when he moved up to the heavies and defeated Larry Holmes to win the IBF heavyweight crown, the first light-heavyweight champion to move on to become heavyweight world champ. Spinks fought through 1988, winning his first 31 fights, but he retired after losing a heavyweight title fight that year to Mike Tyson.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Spinks 19 United States USA Gold
2 Rufat Riskiyev 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Alec Năstac 27 Romania ROU Bronze
3T Luis Felipe Martínez 21 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Ryszard Pasiewicz 21 Poland POL
5T Dragan Vujković 23 Yugoslavia YUG
5T Fernando Martins 23 Brazil BRA
5T Siraj Din Pakistan PAK
9T Jean-Pierre Malavasi 26 France FRA
9T Dave Odwell 23 Great Britain GBR
9T Phil McElwaine 18 Australia AUS
9T Bernd Wittenburg 26 East Germany GDR
9T Ilian Dimitrov 23 Bulgaria BUL
14T Carlos Betancourt 17 Puerto Rico PUR
14T Bryan Gibson 28 Canada CAN
14T Nicolás Arredondo 26 Mexico MEX
14T Mohamed Saoud 26 Morocco MAR
14T Fulgencio Obelmejias 23 Venezuela VEN
14T Jorma Taipale 27 Finland FIN