| Event type

Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Men

Date13 – 23 October 1964
LocationKorakuen Horu, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Participants32 from 32 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The division was expected to act as an extension of the cold war with Stanislav Stepashkin of the USSR and Charlie Brown of the USA being the prime candidates to meet in the final. Stepashkin lived up to his billing by following a destructive route to the final in which he stopped or knocked out all four of his opponents. Brown was plagued by ill luck in the shape of a throat infection which forced him into a hospital bed prior to his semi-final. He was then upset by Filipino Anthony Villanueva, the son of 1932 boxing medallist José Villanueva, on a points decision. Stepashkin was expected to overwhelm his opponent in the final but the fight did not follow the plan and many at ringside thought that Villanueva had done enough to become Olympic champion. Three of the five judges decided that the Soviet deserved to win and Stepashkin was crowned Olympic champion. Stepashkin won European titles each side of his Olympic triumph but failed to gain selection for the 1968 Games and retired. He became a trainer and coached national teams from Algeria, Cameroon and the Seychelles as well as in his native country of Russia. Valentín Loren also made world headlines for his performances in these Games. Disqualified in his first round bout he registered his annoyance at the referee by landing a punch on the official’s jaw. He was banned from boxing for life.

1Stanislav StepashkinURSGold
2Anthony VillanuevaPHISilver
=3Charlie BrownUSABronze
=3Heinz SchulzGERBronze
=5José Antonio DuránMEX
=5Piotr GutmanPOL
=5Tin TunMYA
=5Constantin CruduROU
=9Khieu SoeunCAM
=9Seok Jong-GuKOR
=9Masakuzu TakayamaJPN
=9Tamar Ben HassanTUN
=9Anthony AndehNGR
=9Philip WaruingeKEN
=9Jorma LimmonenFIN
=9Hsu Hung-ChengTPE
=17Randall HopeAUS
=17Hugo MartínezARG
=17Youssef AnwerIRQ
=17Mario MolinaCHI
=17Ian McLoughlinZAM
=17Paddy FitzsimonsIRL
=17Giovanni GirgentiITA
=17Peter WeissAUT
=17Badawi El-BedewiEGY
=17Ronnie SmithGBR
=17Bhim Bahadur ThapaNEP
=17Alfonso FrazerPAN
=17Jan de RooijNED
=17Roberto CamineroCUB
=17José Alonso NievesPUR
=17Valentín LorénESP

Round One

Date13 October 1964
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #113 OctCharlie BrownUSADecisionRandall HopeAUS
Match #213 OctKhieu SoeunCAMKnock-outHugo MartínezARG
Match #313 OctJosé Antonio DuránMEXDecisionYoussef AnwerIRQ
Match #413 OctSeok Jong-GuKORDisqualifiedMario MolinaCHI
Match #513 OctMasakuzu TakayamaJPNDecisionIan McLoughlinZAM
Match #613 OctPiotr GutmanPOLDecisionPaddy FitzsimonsIRL
Match #713 OctAnthony VillanuevaPHIDecisionGiovanni GirgentiITA
Match #813 OctTamar Ben HassanTUNDecisionPeter WeissAUT
Match #913 OctAnthony AndehNGRReferee stops contestBadawi El-BedewiEGY
Match #1013 OctTin TunMYAReferee stops contestRonnie SmithGBR
Match #1113 OctHeinz SchulzGERDecisionBhim Bahadur ThapaNEP
Match #1213 OctPhilip WaruingeKENReferee stops contestAlfonso FrazerPAN
Match #1313 OctJorma LimmonenFINReferee stops contestJan de RooijNED
Match #1413 OctConstantin CruduROUDecisionRoberto CamineroCUB
Match #1513 OctStanislav StepashkinURSReferee stops contestJosé Alonso NievesPUR
Match #1613 OctHsu Hung-ChengTPEDisqualifiedValentín LorénESP

Round Two

Date17 October 1964
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #117 OctCharlie BrownUSADecisionKhieu SoeunCAM
Match #217 OctJosé Antonio DuránMEXDecisionSeok Jong-GuKOR
Match #317 OctPiotr GutmanPOLReferee stops contestMasakuzu TakayamaJPN
Match #417 OctAnthony VillanuevaPHIDecisionTamar Ben HassanTUN
Match #517 OctTin TunMYADecisionAnthony AndehNGR
Match #617 OctHeinz SchulzGERDecisionPhilip WaruingeKEN
Match #717 OctConstantin CruduROUDecisionJorma LimmonenFIN
Match #817 OctStanislav StepashkinURSReferee stops contestHsu Hung-ChengTPE


Date20 October 1964
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #120 OctCharlie BrownUSADecisionJosé Antonio DuránMEX
Match #220 OctAnthony VillanuevaPHIReferee stops contestPiotr GutmanPOL
Match #320 OctHeinz SchulzGERDecisionTin TunMYA
Match #420 OctStanislav StepashkinURSKnock-outConstantin CruduROU


Date21 October 1964
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #121 OctAnthony VillanuevaPHIDecisionCharlie BrownUSA
Match #221 OctStanislav StepashkinURSKnock-outHeinz SchulzGER

Final Round

Date23 October 1964
Match 1/223 OctStanislav StepashkinURSDecisionAnthony VillanuevaPHI