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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Juan Hernández Pérez
Silver: VEN José Piñango
Bronze: GUY Michael Anthony
ROU Dumitru Cipere


The US-led boycott meant that two of the top boxers in the world, Jackie Beard of the USA and [Hwang Cheol-Sun] of Korea were not present in Moscow. A large turnover of boxers since the last major championships also meant that this was a difficult division to predict although [Daniel Zaragoza] of Mexico and [Juan Hernández Pérez] of Cuba were both tipped to do well. Zaragoza's dream of emulating older brother [Agustín Zaragoza] by winning an Olympic medal was cruelly denied when he suffered a severe cut against Guyanan [Michael Anthony] in the quarter-finals but Hernández marched on to face [José Piñango] of Venezuela for the gold medal. Hernández proved to be much too good for Pinango and won every round on each of the five judges' scorecards. The Cuban had lost to American Jackie Beard prior to the Games and would later lose to another US fighter, Mike Pruitt, both in the USA-Cuba matches. Hernandez's only other major tournament victory came at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1982. Both Pinango and Zaragoza went on to successful careers as professionals and for a brief time in 1988 they both held versions of the world super-bantamweight title. The bronze medal won by Michael Anthony remains the only Olympic medal won by a Guyanan through 2012.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Juan Hernández Pérez 17 Cuba CUB Gold
2 José Piñango 20 Venezuela VEN Silver
3T Michael Anthony 22 Guyana GUY Bronze
3T Dumitru Cipere 22 Romania ROU Bronze
5T Geraldi Issaick 24 Tanzania TAN
5T John Siryakibbe 17 Uganda UGA
5T Daniel Zaragoza 22 Mexico MEX
5T Samson Khachatryan 20 Soviet Union URS
9T Joseph Ahanda 20 Cameroon CMR
9T Ali Ben Maghenia 19 France FRA
9T Veli Koota 22 Finland FIN
9T Ryszard Czerwiński 25 Poland POL
9T Ayele Mohamed 30 Ethiopia ETH
9T Ganapathy Manoharan India IND
9T Ray Gilbody 20 Great Britain GBR
9T Fayez Zaghloul 20 Syria SYR
17T Andrés Tena 24 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Sándor Farkas 19 Hungary HUN
17T Ahmad Nesar 21 Afghanistan AFG
17T Jorge Monard Ecuador ECU
17T Lucky Mutale 25 Zambia ZAM
17T Aleksandar Radev 20 Bulgaria BUL
17T Samba Jacob Diallo Guinea GUI
17T José Luís de Almeida 19 Angola ANG
17T Tsedengiin Narmandakh 23 Mongolia MGL
17T Firmin Abissi 28 Benin BEN
17T Phil Sutcliffe 20 Ireland IRL
17T Ernesto Alguera 19 Nicaragua NCA
17T Souneat Ouphaphone 22 Laos LAO
17T Fazlija Šaćirović 23 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Nureni Gbadamosi 32 Nigeria NGR
32T Mario Behrendt 19 East Germany GDR
32T Moussa Sangare 22 Mali MLI