| Event type

Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date29 August – 10 September 1972
LocationBoxhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants22 from 22 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

At the start of 1972 Vyacheslav Lemeshev was not guaranteed a place on the Soviet Olympic team. Although he was European junior champion in 1971, the USSR also had Juozas Juocevicius, the European senior champion, and the highly rated Rufat Riskiyev to choose from. When Juocevicius’ Olympic dreams were thwarted by injury it was thought that Riskiyev would be chosen but instead the Soviet selectors chose Lemeshev. The choice of Lemeshev turned out to be a masterstroke and he proved unbeatable. Only one of the contests reached the final round and he secured gold with a brutal knockout of Reima Virtanen. The Finn was unconscious for a nearly a minute after the contest. Lemeshev was European champion in 1973 and 1975 but retired at the young age of 24 after failing to be selected for the 1976 Olympic Games. In his later life he battled unsuccessfully with alcohol problems and this contributed to his death at the age of just 43.

1Vyacheslav LemeshevURSGold
2Reima VirtanenFINSilver
=3Prince AmarteyGHABronze
=3Marvin JohnsonUSABronze
=5Witold StachurskiPOL
=5Poul KnudsenDEN
=5Alejandro MontoyaCUB
=5Nazif KuranTUR
=9Titus SimbaTAN
=9Peter DulaKEN
=9José Luis EspinosaMEX
=9William PeetsISV
=9Ewald JarmerFRG
=9Bill KnightGBR
=9Hans-Joachim BrauskeGDR
=9Nat KnowlesBAH
=17Alec NăstacROU
=17Julius LuipaZAM
=17Abdel Wahab Abdullah SalihSUD
=17Wiem GommiesINA
=17Athanasios GiannopoulosGRE
=17Faustino QuinalesVEN

Round One (29 August 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Reima VirtanenFIN Bye
Match #2 Titus SimbaTAN Bye
Match #3 Witold StachurskiPOL Bye
Match #4 Peter DulaKEN Bye
Match #5 Prince AmarteyGHA Bye
Match #6 José Luis EspinosaMEX Bye
Match #7 Poul KnudsenDEN Bye
Match #8 William PeetsISV Bye
Match #9 Ewald JarmerFRG Bye
Match #10 Marvin JohnsonUSA Bye
Match #11 Alejandro MontoyaCUB Alec NăstacROU Knock Out (Round 1, 2:11)
Match #12 Bill KnightGBR Julius LuipaZAM Decision (3 - 2)
Match #13 Hans-Joachim BrauskeGDR Abdel Wahab Abdullah SalihSUD Decision (3 - 2)
Match #14 Vyacheslav LemeshevURS Wiem GommiesINA Knock Out (Round 1, 2:41)
Match #15 Nazif KuranTUR Athanasios GiannopoulosGRE Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:50)
Match #16 Nat KnowlesBAH Faustino QuinalesVEN Disqualified (Round 1, 2:52)

Round Two (4 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Reima VirtanenFIN Titus SimbaTAN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Witold StachurskiPOL Peter DulaKEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Prince AmarteyGHA José Luis EspinosaMEX Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Poul KnudsenDEN William PeetsISV Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Marvin JohnsonUSA Ewald JarmerFRG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Alejandro MontoyaCUB Bill KnightGBR Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:38)
Match #7 Vyacheslav LemeshevURS Hans-Joachim BrauskeGDR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Nazif KuranTUR Nat KnowlesBAH Knock Out (Round 1, 2:57)

Quarter-Finals (7 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Reima VirtanenFIN Witold StachurskiPOL Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:17)
Match #2 Prince AmarteyGHA Poul KnudsenDEN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #3 Marvin JohnsonUSA Alejandro MontoyaCUB Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Vyacheslav LemeshevURS Nazif KuranTUR Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 0:56)

Semi-Finals (8 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Reima VirtanenFIN Prince AmarteyGHA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Vyacheslav LemeshevURS Marvin JohnsonUSA Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:25)

Final Round (10 September 1972)

Match 1/2 Vyacheslav LemeshevURS Reima VirtanenFIN Knock Out (Round 1, 2:17)