| Event type

Super-Heavyweight (>91 kilograms), Men

Date22 September – 2 October 1988
LocationJam-sil Hak-saeng Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants17 from 17 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The new Cuban star Jorge Luis Gonzales, the 1987 World Cup winner, was a casualty of his nation’s boycott so the general opinion was that the gold medal would be contested between the North American pairing of Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe and the European duo of Ulli Kaden and Alex Miroshnichenko.

Lewis and Kaden were the first big names to meet and Lewis, the British-born Canadian, sensationally dispatched his more experienced East German opponent in just thirty-four seconds. Bowe and Miroshnichenko met in the semi-finals with the American taking victory on points. This meant Lewis and Bowe would face other for the Olympic championship. Bowe held the upper hand in the first round and won it quite comfortably but, urged to be more aggressive by the corner, Lewis took control in the second round and forced his opponent to take two standing counts. After the second count, the referee sent Bowe back to his corner and, to the shock of many in the arena, waved the bout off.

The two finalists turned professional and for the next decade their careers ran parallel with each other. Both men had reigns as world heavyweight champion though Lewis’s time at the top of his profession was much longer than Bowe’s. In 2004 Lewis retired whilst still heavyweight champion, a feat not done for over 50 years. In contrast Bowe’s life began to fall apart and in 2000 he was sent to jail for 17 months for kidnapping his wife and children at knifepoint. In court his attorneys claimed in mitigation that he had suffered brain damage during his career but incredibly he was still allowed to resume his boxing career in 2004. He fought three low key fights before retiring for good.

1Lennox LewisCANGold
2Riddick BoweUSASilver
=3Alex MiroshnichenkoURSBronze
=3Janusz ZarenkiewiczPOLBronze
=5Kim Yu-HyeonKOR
=5Peter HrivňákTCH
=5Ulli KadenGDR
=5Andreas SchniedersFRG
=9Ali Al-BaluchiKUW
=9Mohamed HammadSUD
=9Petar StoimenovBUL
=9Biko BotowamunguAUT
=9Crispine OderaKEN
=9Aziz SalihuYUG
=9Harold ArroyoPUR
=9Ovwigbo UbaNGR
17Tshibalabala KadimaCOD

Round One (22 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Alex MiroshnichenkoURS Bye
Match #2 Ali Al-BaluchiKUW Bye
Match #3 Kim Yu-HyeonKOR Bye
Match #4 Mohamed HammadSUD Bye
Match #5 Peter HrivňákTCH Bye
Match #6 Petar StoimenovBUL Bye
Match #7 Biko BotowamunguAUT Bye
Match #8 Riddick BoweUSA Bye
Match #9 Lennox LewisCAN Bye
Match #10 Crispine OderaKEN Bye
Match #11 Aziz SalihuYUG Bye
Match #12 Ulli KadenGDR Bye
Match #13 Janusz ZarenkiewiczPOL Bye
Match #14 Harold ArroyoPUR Bye
Match #15 Ovwigbo UbaNGR Bye
Match #16 Andreas SchniedersFRG Tshibalabala KadimaCOD Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:09)

Round Two (26 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Alex MiroshnichenkoURS Ali Al-BaluchiKUW Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Kim Yu-HyeonKOR Mohamed HammadSUD Retired (Round –)
Match #3 Peter HrivňákTCH Petar StoimenovBUL Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 1, 0:42)
Match #4 Riddick BoweUSA Biko BotowamunguAUT Knock Out (Round 2, 2:53)
Match #5 Lennox LewisCAN Crispine OderaKEN Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:59)
Match #6 Ulli KadenGDR Aziz SalihuYUG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Janusz ZarenkiewiczPOL Harold ArroyoPUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Andreas SchniedersFRG Ovwigbo UbaNGR Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (28 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Alex MiroshnichenkoURS Kim Yu-HyeonKOR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Riddick BoweUSA Peter HrivňákTCH Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:34)
Match #3 Lennox LewisCAN Ulli KadenGDR Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 0:34)
Match #4 Janusz ZarenkiewiczPOL Andreas SchniedersFRG Decision (3 - 2)

Semi-Finals (29 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Riddick BoweUSA Alex MiroshnichenkoURS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 1 Lennox LewisCAN Janusz ZarenkiewiczPOL 2Walkover

Final Round (2 October 1988)

Match 1/2 Lennox LewisCAN Riddick BoweUSA Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 2, 0:43)