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Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms), Men

Date17 September – 1 October 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationJam-sil Hak-saeng Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants48 from 48 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Kennedy McKinney of the United States was a clear and deserved winner at bantamweight and overwhelmingly defeated each of the four boxers that shared the ring of him. His progress to the gold medal was relatively uneventful - which was more than you could say for the events of the first round clash between Aleksandar Khristov of Bulgaria and Byeon Jeong-Il of South Korea.

Khristov and Byeon fought an even contest with the decisive factor in the Bulgarian’s favour being two points deductions issued for Byoen’s illegal use of the head. When the result was announced all hell broke loose. Firstly the Korean’s trainer charged into the ring and punched Keith Walker, the New Zealander who refereed the fight. More Koreans followed and Walker had to be protected by his fellow officials until security arrived to bundle him out of the arena. Unfortunately some of the Korean security guards sympathized with their countryman and also attempted to strike the referee. Walker returned home to New Zealand also immediately. Emil Yentchev, the Bulgarian who was the head of referees, was also targeted for reprisals and an attempt to hit him on the head with a plastic box was only thwarted by the hand of one of his fellow officials. After the disturbance had been quelled the only man to remain in the ring was the defeated Korean boxer. The following bouts were abandoned as he staged a sit down protest in his corner. He abandoned his protest after 67 minutes after the lights had been turned out in the arena.

As a result of the protest the Korean government issued a public apology to the people of New Zealand, the head of the national Olympic committee resigned, and five officials received lengthy bans.

This event was due to see the first appearance of an Olympic competitor from the Pacific island of Vanuatu but Edouard Paululum was ruled out after being 0.5 kilos above the weight limit. This was blamed on a rather too large breakfast.

PosBoxerNOC
1Kennedy McKinneyUSAGold
2Aleksandar HristovBULSilver
=3Jorge JulioCOLBronze
=3Phajol MoolsanTHABronze
=5Steve MwemaKEN
=5Nyamaagiin AltankhuyagMGL
=5Katsuyuki MatsushimaJPN
=5Aleksandr ArtemyevURS
=9Shahuraj BirajdarIND
=9Alberto MachazeMOZ
=9Abraham TorresVEN
=9John LoweyIRL
=9René BreitbarthGDR
=9Justin ChikwandaZAM
=9Jimmy MayanjaSWE
=9Slimane ZengliALG
=17Giovanni PérezGUA
=17Ayewoubo AkomatsriTOG
=17Ram Bahadur GiriNEP
=17Mike DeveneyGBR
=17Marcus PriaulxAUS
=17Teekaram RajcoomarMRI
=17Grzegorz JabłońskiPOL
=17Mohammed SaboNGR
=17Vedat TutukTUR
=17Felipe NievesPUR
=17Moumouni SiuleyNIG
=17Ibibongo NduitaCOD
=17José GarcíaMEX
=17Byeon Jeong-IlKOR
=17Joilson de SantanaBRA
=17Ndaba DubeZIM
=33Moustafa Mohammed SalehIRQ
=33Edward ObewaUGA
=33Magare TshekisoBOT
=33Samba Jacob DialloGUI
=33Michael HormillosaPHI
=33Thomas StephensLBR
=33Tiui FaamaoniSAM
=33Haji AllyTAN
=33Saud Al-MuwaizriKUW
=33Mohamed AchikMAR
=33Tad JosephGRN
=33Peter AnokSUD
=33Jean-Marc AugustinFRA
=33Phetsmone SonnavanhLAO
=33Manuel GomesANG
=33Lionel FrancisANT
DNSEdouard PaululumVAN

Round One (17 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Kennedy McKinneyUSA Bye
Match #2 Giovanni PérezGUA Bye
Match #3 Shahuraj BirajdarIND Bye
Match #4 Ayewoubo AkomatsriTOG Bye
Match #5 Steve MwemaKEN Bye
Match #6 Ram Bahadur GiriNEP Bye
Match #7 Mike DeveneyGBR Bye
Match #8 Alberto MachazeMOZ Bye
Match #9 Phajol MoolsanTHA Bye
Match #10 Marcus PriaulxAUS Bye
Match #11 Teekaram RajcoomarMRI Bye
Match #12 Abraham TorresVEN Bye
Match #13 Nyamaagiin AltankhuyagMGL Bye
Match #14 Grzegorz JabłońskiPOL Bye
Match #15 Mohammed SaboNGR Bye
Match #16 John LoweyIRL Moustafa Mohammed SalehIRQ Decision (4 - 1)
Match #17 Vedat TutukTUR Edward ObewaUGA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #18 René BreitbarthGDR Magare TshekisoBOT Decision (5 - 0)
Match #19 Felipe NievesPUR Samba Jacob DialloGUI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #20 Jorge JulioCOL Michael HormillosaPHI Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 2:06)
Match #21 Justin ChikwandaZAM Thomas StephensLBR Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:56)
Match #22 Moumouni SiuleyNIG Tiui FaamaoniSAM Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 2:47)
Match #23 Ibibongo NduitaCOD Haji AllyTAN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #24 Katsuyuki MatsushimaJPN Saud Al-MuwaizriKUW Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:20)
Match #25 Jimmy MayanjaSWE Mohamed AchikMAR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #26 José GarcíaMEX Tad JosephGRN Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:02)
Match #27 Aleksandar HristovBUL Peter AnokSUD Decision (4 - 1)
Match #28 Byeon Jeong-IlKOR Jean-Marc AugustinFRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #29 Joilson de SantanaBRA Phetsmone SonnavanhLAO Decision (5 - 0)
Match #30 Slimane ZengliALG Manuel GomesANG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #31 Ndaba DubeZIM Lionel FrancisANT Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 2, 2:45)
Match #32 1 Aleksandr ArtemyevURS Edouard PaululumVAN 2Walkover

Round Two (22 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 Kennedy McKinneyUSA Giovanni PérezGUA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:44)
Match #2 Shahuraj BirajdarIND Ayewoubo AkomatsriTOG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Steve MwemaKEN Ram Bahadur GiriNEP Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 0:25)
Match #4 Alberto MachazeMOZ Mike DeveneyGBR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Phajol MoolsanTHA Marcus PriaulxAUS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Abraham TorresVEN Teekaram RajcoomarMRI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Nyamaagiin AltankhuyagMGL Grzegorz JabłońskiPOL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #8 John LoweyIRL Mohammed SaboNGR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #9 René BreitbarthGDR Vedat TutukTUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #10 Jorge JulioCOL Felipe NievesPUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #11 Justin ChikwandaZAM Moumouni SiuleyNIG Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 3:00)
Match #12 Katsuyuki MatsushimaJPN Ibibongo NduitaCOD Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Jimmy MayanjaSWE José GarcíaMEX Decision (4 - 1)
Match #14 Aleksandar HristovBUL Byeon Jeong-IlKOR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #15 Slimane ZengliALG Joilson de SantanaBRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #16 Aleksandr ArtemyevURS Ndaba DubeZIM Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:00)

Round Three (26 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Kennedy McKinneyUSA Shahuraj BirajdarIND Walkover
Match #2 Steve MwemaKEN Alberto MachazeMOZ Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Phajol MoolsanTHA Abraham TorresVEN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Nyamaagiin AltankhuyagMGL John LoweyIRL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #5 Jorge JulioCOL René BreitbarthGDR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #6 Katsuyuki MatsushimaJPN Justin ChikwandaZAM Decision (3 - 2)
Match #7 Aleksandar HristovBUL Jimmy MayanjaSWE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Aleksandr ArtemyevURS Slimane ZengliALG Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (28 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Kennedy McKinneyUSA Steve MwemaKEN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Phajol MoolsanTHA Nyamaagiin AltankhuyagMGL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Jorge JulioCOL Katsuyuki MatsushimaJPN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Aleksandar HristovBUL Aleksandr ArtemyevURS Decision (3 - 2)

Semi-Finals (29 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Kennedy McKinneyUSA Phajol MoolsanTHA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:32)
Match #2 Aleksandar HristovBUL Jorge JulioCOL Decision (3 - 2)

Final Round (1 October 1988)

Match 1/2 Kennedy McKinneyUSA Aleksandar HristovBUL Decision (5 - 0)