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Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 29, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Meldrick Taylor
Silver: NGR Peter Konyegwachie
Bronze: TUR Turgut Aykaç
VEN Omar Catari


No favorite existed as all the top fighters from the 1982 Worlds and 1983 Pan American Games were absent due to the Soviet-led boycott. In their absence the gold medal went to 17-year-old American [Meldrick Taylor]. Taylor won the gold medal by unanimous decision over Nigeria's [Peter Konyegwachie]. Though very young, Taylor turned professional and became a great champion in the pro ranks. He won the IBF light-welterweight title in 1988 and became WBA welterweight champion in 1991. In 1990 he fought the redoubtable Julio César Chávez for the WBA super-lightweight crown and was ahead on all cards through 11 rounds. With less than a minute to go in the fight, Taylor relaxed a bit and Chávez moved in and unloaded, knocking Taylor down with only 15 seconds left in the round. Although he got up, Taylor was out on his feet, and the referee stopped the fight with only two seconds remaining, Chávez winning by TKO. In 2000 ­The Ring magazine called this The Fight of the Decade. Taylor fought as a pro through 2002 with a career record of 38 wins, 8 losses, and 1 draw. Konyegwachie also turned professional, winning his first 15 fights against lesser competition. He then lost to journeyman Patrick Kamy in October 1990, and retired.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Meldrick Taylor 17 United States USA Gold
2 Peter Konyegwachie 18 Nigeria NGR Silver
3T Turgut Aykaç 26 Turkey TUR Bronze
3T Omar Catari 20 Venezuela VEN Bronze
5T Park Hyeong-Ok 20 South Korea KOR
5T John Wanjau 26 Kenya KEN
5T Mohamed Hegazi 22 Egypt EGY
5T Charles Lubulwa 19 Uganda UGA
9T Kevin Taylor 20 Great Britain GBR
9T Satoru Higashi 21 Japan JPN
9T Rajabu Hussen Tanzania TAN
9T Javier Camacho 19 Mexico MEX
9T Abraham Mieses Dominican Republic DOM
9T Alexander Wassa 21 Indonesia INA
9T Rafael Zuñiga 21 Colombia COL
9T Paul Fitzgerald 21 Ireland IRL
17T Jonathan Magagula 29 Swaziland SWZ
17T Nirmal Lorick 18 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
17T Noureddine Boughanmi 23 Tunisia TUN
17T Azzedine Saïd 23 Algeria ALG
17T Ed Pollard 21 Barbados BAR
17T Christian Kpakpo 21 Ghana GHA
17T Jean-Luc Bezoky 18 Madagascar MAD
17T Nicolae Talpoș 22 Romania ROU
17T Raúl Trapero 21 Spain ESP
17T Christopher Mwamba Zambia ZAM
17T Ayi Sodogah 25 Togo TOG
17T Orlando Fernández 21 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Ali Faki 20 Malawi MAW
17T Dieudonné Mzatsi 23 Gabon GAB
17T Steve Pagendam 23 Canada CAN
32T Stamatios Kolethras 20 Greece GRE
32T Shane Knox 18 Australia AUS
32T Steve Frank 19 Guyana GUY
32T Tobi Pelly Sudan SUD
32T Boubagar Soumana Niger NIG