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Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Men

Date28 August – 10 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationBoxhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants37 from 37 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Welterweight was considered one of the most competitive weight divisions contested in 1972. As well as the 1968 champion Manfred Wolke of the GDR, the veteran Hungarian János Kajdi, Jesse Valdez of the USA and the teenaged Pan American Games champion from Cuba, Emilio Correa, were all touted as possible Olympic champions. The first of the four to fall was Wolke although his exit at the hands of Correa was due to a cut eye that happened in the second round of an otherwise even contest. The Cuban then eliminated Valdez in the semi-finals with 3-2 points decision after a desperately close contest to set up a meeting with Kajdi in the final. While the Hungarian was recognized as the most skillful boxer it was the strength of Correa that proved the dominant factor in their meeting and, despite the Cuban being forced to take a standing count in the first round, the judges unanimously voted Correa as the new Olympic champion.

Correa won the welterweight title at the first World Amateur Championships in 1974 but failed to retain either his Pan American Games or Olympic titles and retired in 1979. Thirty-six years after his father’s Olympic triumph his son, Emilio Jr., reached the middleweight final of the 2008 Olympics only to lose to Great Britain’s James DeGale.

PosBoxerNOC
1Emilio CorreaCUBGold
2János KajdiHUNSilver
=3Dick MurungaKENBronze
=3Jesse ValdezUSABronze
=5Maurice HopeGBR
=5Sergio LozanoMEX
=5Günther MeierFRG
=5Anatoly KhokhlovURS
=9Alfonso FernándezESP
=9Damdinjavyn BandiMGL
=9Wayne DevlinAUS
=9Vartex ParsanianIRI
=9Manfred WolkeGDR
=9Rabieb SangnualTHA
=9John RodgersIRL
=9David JacksonUGA
=17Hakkı SözenTUR
=17Garry DavisBAH
=17Emma AnkudeyGHA
=17James VrijNED
=17Mirgaani Gomaa RizgallaSUD
=17Joe MensahNGR
=17Mbwana MkangaTAN
=17Alfons StawskiPOL
=17Damiano LassandroITA
=17Panagiotis TherianosGRE
=17Jeff RackleyNZL
=17Karl GschwindSUI
=17Julio MedinaCHI
=17Ib BøtcherDEN
=17Vladimir KolevBUL
=17Carlos BurgaPER
=33Nicolás OrtizPUR
=33Fouad GadEGY
=33Victor ZilbermanROU
=33Ketil HodneNOR
=33Komlan KalipeTOG

Round One (28 August 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Alfonso FernándezESP Bye
Match #2 Hakkı SözenTUR Bye
Match #3 Garry DavisBAH Bye
Match #4 Maurice HopeGBR Bye
Match #5 Emma AnkudeyGHA Bye
Match #6 Damdinjavyn BandiMGL Bye
Match #7 János KajdiHUN Bye
Match #8 James VrijNED Bye
Match #9 Wayne DevlinAUS Bye
Match #10 Mirgaani Gomaa RizgallaSUD Bye
Match #11 Sergio LozanoMEX Bye
Match #12 Joe MensahNGR Bye
Match #13 Mbwana MkangaTAN Bye
Match #14 Vartex ParsanianIRI Bye
Match #15 Dick MurungaKEN Bye
Match #16 Alfons StawskiPOL Bye
Match #17 Damiano LassandroITA Bye
Match #18 Emilio CorreaCUB Bye
Match #19 Manfred WolkeGDR Bye
Match #20 Panagiotis TherianosGRE Bye
Match #21 Günther MeierFRG Bye
Match #22 Jeff RackleyNZL Bye
Match #23 Rabieb SangnualTHA Bye
Match #24 Karl GschwindSUI Bye
Match #25 Anatoly KhokhlovURS Bye
Match #26 Julio MedinaCHI Bye
Match #27 John RodgersIRL Bye
Match #28 Ib BøtcherDEN Nicolás OrtizPUR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #29 Vladimir KolevBUL Fouad GadEGY Decision (5 - 0)
Match #30 David JacksonUGA Victor ZilbermanROU Decision (3 - 2)
Match #31 Carlos BurgaPER Ketil HodneNOR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #32 Jesse ValdezUSA Komlan KalipeTOG Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (30 August 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 Alfonso FernándezESP Hakkı SözenTUR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Maurice HopeGBR Garry DavisBAH Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Damdinjavyn BandiMGL Emma AnkudeyGHA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 János KajdiHUN James VrijNED Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Wayne DevlinAUS Mirgaani Gomaa RizgallaSUD Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:22)
Match #6 Sergio LozanoMEX Joe MensahNGR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Vartex ParsanianIRI Mbwana MkangaTAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Dick MurungaKEN Alfons StawskiPOL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #9 Emilio CorreaCUB Damiano LassandroITA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #10 Manfred WolkeGDR Panagiotis TherianosGRE Decision (4 - 1)
Match #11 Günther MeierFRG Jeff RackleyNZL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #12 Rabieb SangnualTHA Karl GschwindSUI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Anatoly KhokhlovURS Julio MedinaCHI Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:45)
Match #14 John RodgersIRL Ib BøtcherDEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #15 David JacksonUGA Vladimir KolevBUL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #16 Jesse ValdezUSA Carlos BurgaPER Decision (4 - 1)

Round Three (1 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Maurice HopeGBR Alfonso FernándezESP Walkover
Match #2 János KajdiHUN Damdinjavyn BandiMGL Knock Out (Round 2, 2:19)
Match #3 Sergio LozanoMEX Wayne DevlinAUS Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Dick MurungaKEN Vartex ParsanianIRI Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:00)
Match #5 Emilio CorreaCUB Manfred WolkeGDR Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:02)
Match #6 Günther MeierFRG Rabieb SangnualTHA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Anatoly KhokhlovURS John RodgersIRL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Jesse ValdezUSA David JacksonUGA Decision (4 - 1)

Quarter-Finals (6 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 János KajdiHUN Maurice HopeGBR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Dick MurungaKEN Sergio LozanoMEX Knock Out (Round 1, 3:00)
Match #3 Emilio CorreaCUB Günther MeierFRG Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Jesse ValdezUSA Anatoly KhokhlovURS Decision (5 - 0)

Semi-Finals (8 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 János KajdiHUN Dick MurungaKEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Emilio CorreaCUB Jesse ValdezUSA Decision (3 - 2)

Final Round (10 September 1972)

Match 1/2 Emilio CorreaCUB János KajdiHUN Decision (5 - 0)