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Boxing at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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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 Pernell Whitaker
Silver: PUR Luis Ortíz
Bronze: CMR Martin N'Dongo Ebanga
KOR Jeon Chil-Seong


[Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker] was runner-up at the 1982 World Championships to Cuban [Ángel Herrera], the 1980 Olympic gold medalist. Herrera turned the tables at the 1983 Pan American Games, defeating Whitaker in the final. They should have been co-favorites in this class but Herrera could not compete because Cuba joined the Soviet-led boycott, leaving it open for Whitaker. He came through, winning four unanimous decisions to make it to the final against Puerto Rico's [Luis Ortíz]. Ortíz almost lasted two rounds, but received a standing eight-count with only three seconds left in round two, and his handlers threw in the towel, giving Whitaker the gold medal. It was another of many titles for Pernell Whitaker. After turning professional, he won world titles in the lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight divisions, also holding titles from all the major professional federations. He fought through 1997, coming back briefly in 1999 and 2001, ending with a career record of 40 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw. In 2002, The Ring magazine ranked him #10 among the Top 100 Fighters of the Past 80 Years.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pernell Whitaker 20 United States USA Gold
2 Luis Ortíz 18 Puerto Rico PUR Silver
3T Martin N'Dongo Ebanga 18 Cameroon CMR Bronze
3T Jeon Chil-Seong 23 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T José Antonio Hernándo 24 Spain ESP
5T Fahri Sümer 25 Turkey TUR
5T Reiner Gies 21 West Germany FRG
5T Leopoldo Cantancio 21 Philippines PHI
9T Douglas Odame 21 Ghana GHA
9T Alex Dickson 21 Great Britain GBR
9T Gordon Carew 18 Guyana GUY
9T Jaineck Chinyanta Zambia ZAM
9T Geofrey Nyeko 25 Uganda UGA
9T John Kalbhenn 21 Canada CAN
9T Christopher Ossai 27 Nigeria NGR
9T Renato Cornett 19 Australia AUS
17T Jean-Claude Labonte 26 Seychelles SEY
17T Dieudonné Kossi 23 Central African Republic CAF
17T Buala Sasakul 23 Thailand THA
17T Desiré Ollo 19 Gabon GAB
17T André Kimbu Mboma 21 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
17T Shadrach Odhiambo 29 Sweden SWE
17T Bakary Fofana 17 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
17T Emrol Phillip 18 Grenada GRN
17T Ama Sodogah 23 Togo TOG
17T Omar Méndez 23 Nicaragua NCA
17T Samir Khenyab Iraq IRQ
17T Milson Randrianasolo 26 Madagascar MAD
17T Ángel Beltré 20 Dominican Republic DOM
17T Asif Dar 18 Pakistan PAK
17T Slobodan Pavlović 24 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Hernán Gutiérrez 19 Colombia COL
33T Latt Zaw 26 Myanmar MYA
33T Dalbahadur Ranamagar Nepal NEP
33T Solomon Kondowe 23 Malawi MAW
33T Shlomo Niazov 22 Israel ISR
33T Patrick Waweru 28 Kenya KEN
33T Luciano Solis 22 Mexico MEX
33T Viorel Ioana 25 Romania ROU
33T Mustapha Fadli Morocco MAR