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Boxing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Henry Tillman
Silver: CAN Willie deWit
Bronze: ITA Angelo Musone
NED Arnold Vanderlijde


All the medalists at the 1982 World Championships were from Soviet-bloc or Communist countries, so none of them were in Los Angeles, because of the Soviet-led boycott. The 1983 Pan American Games final had come down to Cuba's Aurelio Toya defeating American [Henry Tillman]. Tillman made the 1984 US Olympic team, but he had to twice defeat the young amateur, Mike Tyson. In Los Angeles, Tillman made it to the final, facing Canadian [Willie deWit], the 1982 Commonwealth Games gold medalist who had beaten Tillman twice before. In the final, Tillman won a unanimous decision to earn the gold medal. Tillman won something else in Los Angeles. He met Gina Hemphill, the granddaughter of [Jesse Owens], who had carried the torch in to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at the Opening Ceremony, and they fell in love and later married. After the Olympics Tillman turned professional but with less success than many of the 1984 gold medalists. He retired in 1992 with a career mark of 25 wins and 6 losses. DeWit also turned professional, winning 21 bouts, losing 1 and drawing 1. He became Canadian heavyweight champion, but never fought for a world title. He retired in late March 1988, winning his last bout in a 10-round decision, … over Henry Tillman.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Henry Tillman 23 United States USA Gold
2 Willie deWit 23 Canada CAN Silver
3T Angelo Musone 21 Italy ITA Bronze
3T Arnold Vanderlijde 21 Netherlands NED Bronze
5T Georgios Stefanopoulos 22 Greece GRE
5T Dodovic Owiny 30 Uganda UGA
5T Tevita Taufo'ou 25 Tonga TGA
5T HÃ¥kan Brock 23 Sweden SWE
9T Doug Young 22 Great Britain GBR
9T Egerton Forster 24 Sierra Leone SLE
9T Mohamed Bouchiche 22 Algeria ALG
9T Michael Kenny 20 New Zealand NZL
9T Kaliq Singh 33 India IND
9T Loi Faaeteete 24 Samoa SAM
9T Alex Stewart 20 Jamaica JAM
16T Magne Havnå 20 Norway NOR
16T Virgilio Frias Dominican Republic DOM
16T Naasan Ajjoub 23 Syria SYR
16T James Omondi 26 Kenya KEN