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Boxing at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Club Joventut Pavillion, Badalona
Date Started: July 29, 1992
Date Finished: August 9, 1992
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GER Torsten May
Silver: EUN Rostyslav Zaulychniy
Bronze: HUN Zoltán Béres
POL Wojciech Bartnik


The last two world champions in this class were Germans. East German Henry Maske won the title in 1989 but turned professional in 1990, just after German re-unification, leaving the 1991 crown to [Torsten May]. May was favored in Barcelona and came through for the gold medal, but he had difficult bouts in both the quarter- and semi-finals. In the quarters he faced the much shorter American [Montell Griffin], who opened a big cut over May's eye in the final round. The referee actually stopped the fight but the ring doctor let it go on, with Griffin leading. But Griffin then received a third warning for leading with his head (ducking), and was given a 3-point penalty, which proved decisive as May won the match, 6-4. In the semi-finals, May fought Poland's [Wojciech Bartnik], and spent much of the fight clinching to protect his cut eye, but won a narrow 8-6 decision. May won the gold by outpointing the Ukrainian [Rostyslav Zaulychniy] in the final, 8-3.

May would turn professional in 1993 and in 1996 fought for the IBF cruiserweight world championship, but lost a decision to Adolpho Washington. He retired after 2003 with a career record of 22-3. Griffin also turned professional and continued to fight through 2011. In 1997 he upset [Roy Jones, Jr.] when Jones was disqualified, giving Griffin the WBC world light-heavyweight title. But that didn't last long as Jones knocked out Griffin in the first round of the re-match five months later.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Torsten May 22 Germany GER Gold
2 Rostyslav Zaulychniy 23 Unified Team EUN Silver
3T Zoltán Béres 24 Hungary HUN Bronze
3T Wojciech Bartnik 24 Poland POL Bronze
5T Stephen Wilson 21 Great Britain GBR
5T Roland Raforme 25 Seychelles SEY
5T Montell Griffin 22 United States USA
5T Ángel Espinosa 25 Cuba CUB
9T Mika Masoe 28 American Samoa ASA
9T Jacklord Jacobs 22 Nigeria NGR
9T Asghar Muhammad 25 Pakistan PAK
9T Patrice Aouissi 26 France FRA
9T Go Yo-Da 22 South Korea KOR
9T Dale Brown 20 Canada CAN
9T Mohamed Ben Guesmia 19 Algeria ALG
9T Roberto Castelli 23 Italy ITA
17T Paulo Mwaselle 23 Tanzania TAN
17T Rick Timperi 25 Australia AUS
17T Manuel Verde 25 Mexico MEX
17T France Mabiletsa 29 Botswana BOT
17T Bai Chongguang 21 China CHN
17T Damdingiin Zul 19 Mongolia MGL
17T Kim Gil-Nam 27 North Korea PRK
17T Raimundo Yant 27 Venezuela VEN
17T Alex González 18 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Mehmet Gürgen 23 Turkey TUR