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Boxing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

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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 Frank Tate
Silver: CAN Shawn O'Sullivan
Bronze: FRA Christophe Tiozzo
FRG Manfred Zielonka


Three of the medalists at the 1982 World Championships came from Soviet-bloc nations, which decimated this class. The two favorites were American [Frank Tate] and Canadian [Shawn O'Sullivan], who had split two fights with one another in the run-up to the Olympics. They made the final, but not without judging controversies. In the second round, Tate fought [Lotfi Ayed], a Tunisian-born Swede, and Ayed staggered him and seemingly won the fight, but Tate was given what seemed to be a hometown unanimous decision. O'Sullivan's difficult fight came in the semi-finals agains France's [Christophe Tiozzo]. Tiozzo seemingly won by a 3-2 vote of the judges. But the rules in 1984 stated that all 3-2 decisions had to be reviewed by the jury, and the jury voted for O'Sullivan, 4-1, reversing the decision. The final seemed to go O'Sullivan's way, as he twice forced standing eight counts in the second round. But Tate won another inexplicable unanimous decision. He then turned professional and won multiple world crowns through 1998, both in the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions, finishing with a career record of 41 wins and 5 losses. O'Sullivan also turned pro, but with much less success. He fought through 1992, coming back briefly in 1996-97, never getting a world title shot, and ending his career with 23 wins and 5 losses. Tiozzo also turned pro, holding the WBA super middleweight crown in 1991-92.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Frank Tate 19 United States USA Gold
2 Shawn O'Sullivan 22 Canada CAN Silver
3T Christophe Tiozzo 21 France FRA Bronze
3T Manfred Zielonka 23 West Germany FRG Bronze
5T Gnohere Sery 23 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5T Christopher Kapopo Zambia ZAM
5T Israel Cole 19 Sierra Leone SLE
5T Rod Douglas 19 Great Britain GBR
9T Gustavo Ollo 20 Argentina ARG
9T Ralph Labrosse 25 Seychelles SEY
9T Abdellah Tibazi Morocco MAR
9T Romolo Casamonica 21 Italy ITA
9T Elone Lutui 23 Tonga TGA
9T Vicky Byarugaba 29 Uganda UGA
9T Chiharu Ogiwara 27 Japan JPN
9T An Dal-Ho 21 South Korea KOR
17T Ambrose Mlilo 24 Zimbabwe ZIM
17T Perfecto Bobadilla 28 Paraguay PAR
17T Pierre Claver Mella 22 Cameroon CMR
17T Salulolo Aumua 19 Samoa SAM
17T Richard Finch 21 Australia AUS
17T Maxime Mehinto 23 Benin BEN
17T Lotfi Ayed 25 Sweden SWE
17T Sam Storey 20 Ireland IRL
17T Fubulume Inyama 25 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
17T Víctor Claudio 23 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Simen Auseth 21 Norway NOR
17T Sullemana Sadik 24 Ghana GHA
17T Mario Centeno 22 Nicaragua NCA
17T Stephen Okumu 25 Kenya KEN
17T Mohamed Halibi 28 Lebanon LIB
17T Augustino Marial Sudan SUD
33T Fletcher Kapito 24 Malawi MAW
33T Gheorghe Simion 27 Romania ROU