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Boxing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: October 2, 1988
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Giovanni Parisi
Silver: ROU Daniel Dumitrescu
Bronze: KOR Lee Jae-Hyeok
MAR Abdel Hak Achik


The obvious favourite for the Olympic title was the American [Kelcie Banks]. As both World and Pan-American champion he arrived as probably the biggest certainty for gold in the entire tournament.

As such it came as a massive shock when his Olympic campaign failed to last past the three minute mark of his first contest. Banks was dealing comfortably with Dutch fighter [Regilio Tuur] when Tuur suddenly exploded a right hook onto his temple. He was knocked spark out and the referee ended the contest without even beginning to count.

The man who gained from Banks' demise was the Italian [Giovanni Parisi]. Parisi took the Olympic gold medal with an series of fine displays that culminated when he landed a big left hook on the jaw of [Daniel Dumitrescu] which separated the Romanian from his senses and led to him being counted out halfway through the first round of the final. Parisi later turned professional and held world titles at both lightweight and light-welterweight during the mid-nineties. Tuur also became a world professional champion.

One of the most unfortunate boxers of the Games was Canadian [Jamie Pagendam]. He lost his second round fight with the Mongolian [Tserendorjiin Amarjargal] when the referee stopped the fight when Pagendam was hurt in the final round. The result was then overturned in the Canadian's favour because the referee had overlooked the fact that Amarjargal had received three standing eight counts in the second round which, by the rules, should have meant Pagendam was awarded the victory. Pagendam was still not allowed to continue.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Giovanni Parisi 20 Italy ITA Gold
2 Daniel Dumitrescu 19 Romania ROU Silver
3T Abdel Hak Achik 29 Morocco MAR Bronze
3T Lee Jae-Hyeok 19 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Liu Dong 20 China CHN
5T Ya'acov Shmuel 20 Israel ISR
5T Regilio Tuur 21 Netherlands NED
5T Tomasz Nowak 28 Poland POL
9T Omar Catari 24 Venezuela VEN
9T Serge Bouemba 21 Gabon GAB
9T Mekhak Ghazaryan 21 Soviet Union URS
9T Richard Pittman 31 Cook Islands COK
9T Wanchai Pongsri 24 Thailand THA
9T Dave Anderson 22 Great Britain GBR
9T Andre Seymour 21 Bahamas BAH
9T Kirkor Kirkorov 20 Bulgaria BUL
17T Frank Avelar 18 El Salvador ESA
17T Moussa Kagambega 23 Burkina Faso BUR
17T John Francis 23 India IND
17T Ilham Lahia 20 Indonesia INA
17T Ljubiša Simić 25 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Lu Chih-Hsiung 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T John Mirona Sudan SUD
17T Dumsane Mabuza 20 Swaziland SWZ
17T Wataru Yamada 21 Japan JPN
17T Esteban Flores 21 Puerto Rico PUR
17T John Wanjau 30 Kenya KEN
17T Paul Fitzgerald 25 Ireland IRL
17T Ulaipalota Tauatama 18 Samoa SAM
17T Jarmo Eskelinen 26 Finland FIN
17T Jamie Pagendam 22 Canada CAN
17T Darrell Hiles 19 Australia AUS
33T Bakary Fofana 21 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
33T Anthony Konyegwachie 18 Nigeria NGR
33T Patrick Mwamba 24 Zambia ZAM
33T Ali Mohamed Jaffer 33 South Yemen YMD
33T László Szőke 22 Hungary HUN
33T Kelcie Banks 23 United States USA
33T Domingo Damigella 20 Argentina ARG
33T Emilio Villegas 19 Dominican Republic DOM
33T Evance Malenga 21 Malawi MAW
33T Djingarey Mamoudou Niger NIG
33T Orlando Dollente 23 Philippines PHI
33T Serigne Fall Guinea GUI
33T Tserendorjiin Amarjargal 24 Mongolia MGL
33T Diego Drumm 19 East Germany GDR
33T Ali Çelikiz 25 Turkey TUR
33T Miguel Angel González 17 Mexico MEX