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Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms), Men

Date27 August – 10 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationBoxhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants38 from 38 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Missing from the 1972 Olympic Games was European champion Tibor Badari who was a victim of political wrangling within the Hungarian team. In his absence Ricardo Carreras of the USA, Orlando Martinez of Cuba and Juan Francisco Rodríguez, a Spaniard who had been European flyweight champion, appeared the most likely medal contenders. Rodríguez was the first of the three to be eliminated although it came in bizarre circumstances. Fighting Alfonso Zamora of Mexico in the quarter-finals Rodriguez was sent to the canvas in the final round of their bout. He was up at the count of eight but realized that his gum-shield had been knocked loose and bent down to pick it up. This was misinterpreted by the referee as a sign that he was about to slump back down to the floor and the count was continued to ten. Zamora, who trained in Mexico alongside the legendary bantamweight Ruben Olivares, then continued his streak by eliminating Carreras in the semi-final.

Awaiting Zamora was Orlando Martínez, who had reached the final despite not being overly impressive in his preliminary bouts. Fortunately for the Cuban his style of fighting worked well against the Mexican and he won a unanimous decision after knocking down Zamora at the end of round one. Martinez failed in his attempt to defend his crown in Montréal by which time Zamora was in the middle of his run as WBA world champion in the professional game.

PosBoxerNOC
1Orlando MartínezCUBGold
2Alfonso ZamoraMEXSilver
=3George TurpinGBRBronze
=3Ricardo CarrerasUSABronze
=5John NderuKEN
=5Ferry MoniagaINA
=5Vasily SolominURS
=5Juan Francisco RodríguezESP
=9Wang Chee-YenTPE
=9Kim Jong-IkPRK
=9Mick DowlingIRL
=9Joe DestimoGHA
=9Buyangiin GanbatMGL
=9Marian LazărROU
=9Stefan FörsterGDR
=9Go Saeng-GeunKOR
=17Pierre Amont N'DiayeSEN
=17Manuchehr BahmaniIRI
=17Eduardo BarragánCOL
=17Deusdete VasconcelosBRA
=17Ove LundbySWE
=17Win MaungMYA
=17René SilvaNCA
=17Werner SchäferFRG
=17David OlemeCMR
=17Mick O'BrienAUS
=17Charndej WeerapolTHA
=17Flevitus BitegekoTAN
=17Ric FortalezaPHI
=17Mayaki SeydouNIG
=17Abdel Aziz HammiTUN
=17Aldo CosentinoFRA
=33Les HamiltonCAN
=33Mehmet KumovaTUR
=33Ayele MohamedETH
=33Leopold AgbazoBEN
=33Luis ÁvilaPAN
=33Józef ReszpondekPOL

Round One (27 August 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Pierre Amont N'DiayeSEN Bye
Match #2 George TurpinGBR Bye
Match #3 Manuchehr BahmaniIRI Bye
Match #4 Wang Chee-YenTPE Bye
Match #5 Eduardo BarragánCOL Bye
Match #6 John NderuKEN Bye
Match #7 Kim Jong-IkPRK Bye
Match #8 Deusdete VasconcelosBRA Bye
Match #9 Ove LundbySWE Bye
Match #10 Mick DowlingIRL Bye
Match #11 Win MaungMYA Bye
Match #12 Orlando MartínezCUB Bye
Match #13 Ferry MoniagaINA Bye
Match #14 René SilvaNCA Bye
Match #15 Werner SchäferFRG Bye
Match #16 Joe DestimoGHA Bye
Match #17 David OlemeCMR Bye
Match #18 Buyangiin GanbatMGL Bye
Match #19 Ricardo CarrerasUSA Bye
Match #20 Mick O'BrienAUS Bye
Match #21 Vasily SolominURS Bye
Match #22 Charndej WeerapolTHA Bye
Match #23 Flevitus BitegekoTAN Bye
Match #24 Marian LazărROU Bye
Match #25 Ric FortalezaPHI Bye
Match #26 Alfonso ZamoraMEX Bye
Match #27 Stefan FörsterGDR Les HamiltonCAN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #28 Mayaki SeydouNIG Mehmet KumovaTUR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #29 Go Saeng-GeunKOR Ayele MohamedETH Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:08)
Match #30 Abdel Aziz HammiTUN Leopold AgbazoBEN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #31 Juan Francisco RodríguezESP Luis ÁvilaPAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #32 Aldo CosentinoFRA Józef ReszpondekPOL Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (30 August 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 George TurpinGBR Pierre Amont N'DiayeSEN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Wang Chee-YenTPE Manuchehr BahmaniIRI Decision (3 - 2)
Match #3 John NderuKEN Eduardo BarragánCOL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Kim Jong-IkPRK Deusdete VasconcelosBRA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Mick DowlingIRL Ove LundbySWE Decision (4 - 1)
Match #6 Orlando MartínezCUB Win MaungMYA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #7 Ferry MoniagaINA René SilvaNCA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Joe DestimoGHA Werner SchäferFRG Decision (3 - 2)
Match #9 Buyangiin GanbatMGL David OlemeCMR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #10 Ricardo CarrerasUSA Mick O'BrienAUS Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:42)
Match #11 Vasily SolominURS Charndej WeerapolTHA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #12 Marian LazărROU Flevitus BitegekoTAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Alfonso ZamoraMEX Ric FortalezaPHI Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:55)
Match #14 Stefan FörsterGDR Mayaki SeydouNIG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #15 Go Saeng-GeunKOR Abdel Aziz HammiTUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #16 Juan Francisco RodríguezESP Aldo CosentinoFRA Decision (4 - 1)

Round Three (2 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 George TurpinGBR Wang Chee-YenTPE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 John NderuKEN Kim Jong-IkPRK Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Orlando MartínezCUB Mick DowlingIRL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Ferry MoniagaINA Joe DestimoGHA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Ricardo CarrerasUSA Buyangiin GanbatMGL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #6 Vasily SolominURS Marian LazărROU Decision (4 - 1)
Match #7 Alfonso ZamoraMEX Stefan FörsterGDR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Juan Francisco RodríguezESP Go Saeng-GeunKOR Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (6 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 George TurpinGBR John NderuKEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Orlando MartínezCUB Ferry MoniagaINA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Ricardo CarrerasUSA Vasily SolominURS Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Alfonso ZamoraMEX Juan Francisco RodríguezESP Knock Out (Round 3, 0:27)

Semi-Finals (8 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Orlando MartínezCUB George TurpinGBR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Alfonso ZamoraMEX Ricardo CarrerasUSA Decision (4 - 1)

Final Round (10 September 1972)

Match 1/2 Orlando MartínezCUB Alfonso ZamoraMEX Decision (5 - 0)