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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 23, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Armando Martínez
Silver: URS Aleksandr Koshkin
Bronze: GDR Detlef Kästner
TCH Ján Franek


At only 18 years of age light-middleweight [Armando Martínez] was the baby of the Cuban team but Martínez had already made a big impression when he toured Eastern Europe in early 1980 and racked up an impressive run of victories against some the region's best fighters. The teenager became Olympic champion by beating [Aleksandr Koshkin] of the USSR in the final. Koshkin took standing counts in both the first and last rounds and lost on a 4-1 judges' decision. The fact that the Polish judge voted for the Soviet brought allegations of collusion between Eastern European countries – even against a fellow Communist country like Cuba. Martínez added the world amateur title in 1982 but injuries hampered his career from then onwards and he retired at an early age.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Armando Martínez 18 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Aleksandr Koshkin 21 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Ján Franek 20 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze
3T Detlef Kästner 22 East Germany GDR Bronze
5T Wilson Kaoma Zambia ZAM
5T Leonidas Njunwa 27 Tanzania TAN
5T Nicky Wilshire 18 Great Britain GBR
5T Francisco de Jesus 24 Brazil BRA
9T Salah Jassim Beden 24 Iraq IRQ
9T Imad Idriss 25 Syria SYR
9T Adeoye Adetunji 22 Nigeria NGR
9T Jackson Rivera 20 Venezuela VEN
9T Zhelyu Stefanov 25 Bulgaria BUL
9T George Kabuto 24 Uganda UGA
9T Leo Vainonen 28 Sweden SWE
9T Miodrag Perunović 22 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Roger Houangni 22 Benin BEN
17T Mohamed Halibi 24 Lebanon LIB
17T Benedetto Gravina 23 Italy ITA
17T Zygmunt Gosiewski 20 Poland POL
17T Seifu Retta 25 Ethiopia ETH
17T Marcel Sîrba 22 Romania ROU
17T Mbemba Camara Guinea GUI