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Boxing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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.

Gold: GDR Henry Maske
Silver: CAN Egerton Marcus
Bronze: KEN Chris Sande
PAK Syed Hussain Shah


Though he was already a leading contender for the middleweight title, [Henry Maske]'s path to Olympic glory was eased slightly by the non-appearance of Cuba's [Angel Espinosa], whose country boycotted the games, and world champion Darrin Allen, who failed to make the US team. Allen's conqueror, [Anthony Hembrick] was then eliminated in bizarre circumstances when he failed to show up in time for his first bout due to an error by the US coach who misread the daily schedule.

Maske was a tall upright boxer in the East German tradition, not truly tested in any of his fights and was a comfortable winner of the Olympic title. His opponent in the final, [Egerton Marcus] was hampered by a hand injury sustained in an earlier bout. Able to turn professional after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Maske was popular and successful as light-heavyweight. He won thirty straight fights and held the IBF world title for three years. In his last fight before his scheduled retirement he lost both his title and unbeaten record to [Virgil Hill]. In 2007 he emerged from a decade of retirement to fight a rematch with Hill. In a battle of 43-year-olds Maske emerged victorious.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Henry Maske 24 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Egerton Marcus 23 Canada CAN Silver
3T Chris Sande 24 Kenya KEN Bronze
3T Syed Hussain Shah 24 Pakistan PAK Bronze
5T Franco Wanyama 20 Uganda UGA
5T Michele Mastrodonato 23 Italy ITA
5T Zoltán Füzesy 27 Hungary HUN
5T Sven Ottke 21 West Germany FRG
9T Paul Kamela 26 Cameroon CMR
9T Kieran Joyce 23 Ireland IRL
9T Sello Mojela 23 Lesotho LES
9T Lotfi Ayed 29 Sweden SWE
9T Serge Kabongo 22 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
9T Esa Hukkanen 25 Finland FIN
9T Darko Dukić 26 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Ruslan Taramov 23 Soviet Union URS
17T Juan Carlos Montiel 22 Uruguay URU
17T Georgios Ioannidis 22 Greece GRE
17T Filipo Palako Vaka 18 Tonga TGA
17T Omar Dabaj 19 Jordan JOR
17T Simeon Stubblefield 29 Liberia LBR
17T Helman Palije 21 Malawi MAW
17T John Tobin Grenada GRN
17T Martín Amarillas 22 Mexico MEX
17T James Iahuat 29 Vanuatu VAN
17T Ahmed Dine 23 Algeria ALG
17T Roberto Martínez 21 Honduras HON
17T Viliamu Lesiva 23 Samoa SAM
17T Emmanuel Legaspi 21 Philippines PHI
17T Samuel Simbo 28 Sierra Leone SLE
17T Ha Jong-Ho 25 South Korea KOR
32T Aharon Jacobashvili 23 Israel ISR
32T Mirwan Kassouf 23 Lebanon LIB