Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 19, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| NergÃ¼in Enkhbat
Three times a world champion in three different weight categories, [Adolfo Horta]'s chances of adding Olympic gold to the silver he won in Moscow were ruined in both 1984 and 1988 by the decision of Cuba to boycott the Games. Such was the strength of Cuban lightweight boxing that, even as reigning world champion, he may have been overlooked for the Olympics in favour of Julio GonzÃ¡lez.
With Cuba absent, [Andreas ZÃ¼low], a world bronze medalist representing East Germany, emerged to become Olympic champion. ZÃ¼low's only scare came at the third round stage where he faced the Soviet Union's [Kostya Tszyu]. The German won though by the smallest possible margin â the preferential vote of a judge whose scorecard was even while the other four judges split evenly in their opinions. He was then untroubled in his final three bouts.
This was ZÃ¼low's only major championships victory although he did reach the finals of the 1989 World Championships and 1991 European Championships. He tried and failed to capture another Olympic title, this time at a higher weight category, in Barcelona.
|1||Andreas ZÃ¼low||22||East Germany||GDR||Gold|
|3T||Romallis Ellis||22||United States||USA||Bronze|
|5T||Charlie Kane||20||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||HÃ©ctor Arroyo||22||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|9T||Kostya Tszyu||18||Soviet Union||URS|
|17T||John Elson Mkangala||25||Malawi||MAW|
|17T||Lee Gang-Seok||21||South Korea||KOR|
|17T||Terepai Maea||21||Cook Islands||COK|
|17T||Eduardo de la PeÃ±a||20||Guam||GUM|