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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Light-Flyweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 21, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: URS Shamil Sabirov
Silver: CUB Hipólito Ramos
Bronze: BUL Ismail Mustafov
PRK Li Byong-Uk


In the absence of world champion Steve Muchoki, who had turned professional even before his nation, Kenya, had decided to boycott the Games, the long range favourites appeared to be Soviet [Shamil Sabirov], the European champion, and [Hipolito Ramos], a Cuban who had won an upset victory in the national championship to book his place in Moscow. The 1972 champion [György Gedó], who became the first boxer to appear at four Olympics, fell to Ramos in the quarter-finals as both the Cuban and Soviet had straightforward paths to the final. The gold medal bout was a frantic affair with Sabirov holding the centre of the ring as the fleet footed Ramos circled him attempting to jab through his guard. Sabirov's defence held and he picked off the Cuban as he moved into close quarters. The Russian was awarded the verdict and the title but only by a 3-2 majority of the judges. Sabirov was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 1981 European Championships and made a quick exit at the 1982 World Championships before opting to retire from the ring. He became a successful businessman and founded a toy company.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shamil Sabirov 21 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Hipólito Ramos 24 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Li Byong-Uk 25 North Korea PRK Bronze
3T Ismail Mustafov 20 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
5T Dietmar Geilich 26 East Germany GDR
5T Dumitru Șchiopu 20 Romania ROU
5T György Gedó 31 Hungary HUN
5T Ahmed Saïd 27 Algeria ALG
9T João Manuel Miguel 27 Portugal POR
9T Pedro Nieves 19 Venezuela VEN
9T Antti Juntumaa 21 Finland FIN
9T Gilberto Sosa 19 Mexico MEX
9T Lincoln Salcedo Ecuador ECU
9T Farid Salman Makhdi 23 Iraq IRQ
9T Gerry Hawkins 19 Ireland IRL
9T Charles Lubulwa 15 Uganda UGA
17T Birender Singh Thapa 27 India IND
17T Singkham Phongpratith 29 Laos LAO
17T Beruk Asafaw 19 Ethiopia ETH
17T Adel Hammoude 20 Syria SYR
17T Henryk Pielesiak 24 Poland POL
17T Vanduin Bayasgalan 25 Mongolia MGL