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Flyweight (≤51 kilograms), Men

Date27 August – 10 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationBoxhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants36 from 36 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The victory of Balkan champion Georgi Kostadinov came as a surprise as he had been eliminated at the quarter final stage of the previous year’s European Championships. He used his superior footwork to box successfully on the retreat against the highly rated Pole Leszek Błażyński in the semi-final and then produced a carbon copy performance against 1968 medalist Leo Rwabwogo of Uganda to clinch the gold medal. Kostadinov fought on after Munich and returned to the Olympic Games in 1976 in Montreal but his display in 1972 was far and away the best of his career.

Bronze medalist Douglas Rodriguez won the flyweight title at the inaugural World Amateur Boxing Championships in Havana in 1974 whilst a boxer who was eliminated at an early stage found greater fame as a professional. Wilfredo Gómez, who competed for Puerto Rico despite being under the minimum age limit, is ranked as one of the greatest super-bantamweights of all time and also won world titles in two other weight divisions. Unluckiest of all the boxers in Munich was José Viccario of Argentina who was forced to withdraw after suffering facial injuries in a brawl at the Olympic village. His assailant, teammate Norberto Cabura, was sent home in disgrace.

PosBoxerNOC
1Georgi KostadinovBULGold
2Leo RwabwogoUGASilver
=3Leszek BłażyńskiPOLBronze
=3Douglas RodríguezCUBBronze
=5Yu Jong-ManKOR
=5Calixto PérezCOL
=5Boris ZoriktuyevURS
=5Neil McLaughlinIRL
=9Arturo DelgadoMEX
=9Nyamdashiin BatsürenMGL
=9Tim DementUSA
=9Chris IusCAN
=9Franco UdellaITA
=9Constantin GruiescuROU
=9Chawalit On-ChimTHA
=9Mohamed SelimEGY
=17Salvador MirandaNCA
=17Chander NarayananIND
=17Saidi TambweTAN
=17Antonio GarcíaESP
=17Martín VargasCHI
=17Ali GharbiTUN
=17Jan BalouchPAK
=17Ali OuabbouMAR
=17Vanlal DawlaMYA
=17Felix MainaKEN
=17Kemal SolunurTUR
=17Fujio NagaiJPN
=17Maurice O'SullivanGBR
=17Gerd SchubertFRG
=17Wilfredo GómezPUR
=32Jorge AcuñaURU
=32Rabah KhaloufiFRA
=32Rene FortalezaPHI
=32Jorge MejíaECU
=32Mohamed AbakkarSUD
DNSJean-Remy MackayaGAB
DNSKhong PharCAM
DNSSándor OrbánHUN
DNSJosé ViccarioARG

Round One (27 August 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Salvador MirandaNCA Bye
Match #2 Arturo DelgadoMEX Bye
Match #3 Leszek BłażyńskiPOL Bye
Match #4 Chander NarayananIND Bye
Match #5 Yu Jong-ManKOR Bye
Match #6 Saidi TambweTAN Bye
Match #7 Antonio GarcíaESP Bye
Match #8 Nyamdashiin BatsürenMGL Bye
Match #9 Calixto PérezCOL Bye
Match #10 Martín VargasCHI Bye
Match #11 Ali GharbiTUN Bye
Match #12 Tim DementUSA Bye
Match #13 Georgi KostadinovBUL Bye
Match #14 Jan BalouchPAK Bye
Match #15 José ViccarioARG Bye
Match #16 Wilfredo GómezPUR Bye
Match #17 Chris IusCAN Bye
Match #18 Ali OuabbouMAR Bye
Match #19 Boris ZoriktuyevURS Bye
Match #20 Vanlal DawlaMYA Bye
Match #21 Felix MainaKEN Bye
Match #22 Franco UdellaITA Bye
Match #23 Kemal SolunurTUR Bye
Match #24 Constantin GruiescuROU Bye
Match #25 Mohamed SelimEGY Bye
Match #26 Leo RwabwogoUGA Jorge AcuñaURU Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:12)
Match #27 Maurice O'SullivanGBR Rabah KhaloufiFRA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #28 Fujio NagaiJPN Rene FortalezaPHI Decision (4 - 1)
Match #29 Douglas RodríguezCUB Jorge MejíaECU Decision (5 - 0)
Match #30 Gerd SchubertFRG Khong PharCAM Walkover
Match #31 Chawalit On-ChimTHA Sándor OrbánHUN Walkover
Match #32 Neil McLaughlinIRL Mohamed AbakkarSUD Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (30 August 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 Arturo DelgadoMEX Salvador MirandaNCA Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:05)
Match #2 Leszek BłażyńskiPOL Chander NarayananIND Decision (3 - 2)
Match #3 Yu Jong-ManKOR Saidi TambweTAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Nyamdashiin BatsürenMGL Antonio GarcíaESP Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Calixto PérezCOL Martín VargasCHI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Tim DementUSA Ali GharbiTUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Georgi KostadinovBUL Jan BalouchPAK Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 0:57)
Match #8 Chris IusCAN Ali OuabbouMAR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #9 Boris ZoriktuyevURS Vanlal DawlaMYA Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:16)
Match #10 Franco UdellaITA Felix MainaKEN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #11 Constantin GruiescuROU Kemal SolunurTUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #12 Douglas RodríguezCUB Fujio NagaiJPN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Leo RwabwogoUGA Maurice O'SullivanGBR Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:20)
Match #14 Chawalit On-ChimTHA Gerd SchubertFRG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #15 Mohamed SelimEGY Wilfredo GómezPUR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #16 Neil McLaughlinIRL José ViccarioARG Walkover

Round Three (5 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Leszek BłażyńskiPOL Arturo DelgadoMEX Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Yu Jong-ManKOR Nyamdashiin BatsürenMGL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Calixto PérezCOL Tim DementUSA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Georgi KostadinovBUL Chris IusCAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Boris ZoriktuyevURS Franco UdellaITA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #6 Douglas RodríguezCUB Constantin GruiescuROU Decision (3 - 2)
Match #7 Leo RwabwogoUGA Chawalit On-ChimTHA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #8 Neil McLaughlinIRL Mohamed SelimEGY Knock Out (Round 2, 1:56)

Quarter-Finals (6 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Leszek BłażyńskiPOL Yu Jong-ManKOR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Georgi KostadinovBUL Calixto PérezCOL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #3 Douglas RodríguezCUB Boris ZoriktuyevURS Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:13)
Match #4 Leo RwabwogoUGA Neil McLaughlinIRL Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:01)

Semi-Finals (8 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Georgi KostadinovBUL Leszek BłażyńskiPOL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Leo RwabwogoUGA Douglas RodríguezCUB Decision (3 - 2)

Final Round (10 September 1972)

Match 1/2 Georgi KostadinovBUL Leo RwabwogoUGA Decision (5 - 0)