Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Luan Krasniqi
In truth this was only ever going to be a contest to see who else would stand on the podium below the outstanding Cuban [FÃ©lix SavÃ³n] and the rest of the competitors seemed overawed by the presence of the reigning Olympic Champion. After a tentative performance in his first bout he was completely untroubled in
the path to the final and had even the luxury of a walkover in the semi-final.
The combatants in the semi-final that did take place would have been considered unlikely opponents for SavÃ³n at the time he won his first Olympic gold in 1992. [David Defiagbon] had competed in Barcelona for Nigeria as a light-middleweight but by 1996 he had changed nationality to Canadian and had added 20 kgs in weight to fight in the heavyweight division. In contrast American [Nate Jones] languished in prison for grand theft and larceny for most of 1992. Defiagbon sent Jones stumbling around the ring in round one then picked him off at will for a clear points victory.
Sadly for the crowd at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum Defiagbonâs tactics against SavÃ³n were extremely negative and he seemed only to be interested in reaching the final bell rather than winning the fight. This resulted in SavÃ³n winning on a landslide 20-2 score line and forcing the Canadian to take 2 standing counts.
SavÃ³n returned to win gold in 2000 and become one of only 3 fighters to claim gold medals in 3 successive Olympics. He also won a record 6 world championship gold medals during his career.
|3T||Nate Jones||23||United States||USA||Bronze|
|9T||Fola Okesola||22||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Ahmed Rajab Omari||16||Kenya||KEN|
|9T||Garth Da Silva||22||New Zealand||NZL|
|17T||Go Yeong-Sam||25||South Korea||KOR|