| Event type

Super-Heavyweight (>91 kilograms), Men

Date23 July – 4 August 1996
LocationAlexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants19 from 19 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The death of 1992 Olympic champion Roberto Balado had left a gaping hole at the top of the super-heavyweight division that even the fabled production line of Cuban heavyweights had failed to fill. The man favoured to follow Balado as Olympic champion was a Russian, Aleksey Lyozin, who won the gold medal at the 1995 World Championships. The silver medallist at that championship, Vitali Klychko of Ukraine, was not to compete at Atlanta as he was kicked out of Ukrainian national team after failing a drug test. His replacement in the national team was his younger brother Volodymyr who took full advantage of his unexpected opportunity. Volodymyr Klychko defeated home favourite Lawrence Clay-Bey in his opening fight, demolished Swede Attila Levin, then upset Lyozin to reach the final where he was to face the most surprising finalist of the entire tournament. Paea Wolfgramm of Tonga was Oceanian champion and had won a medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games but these honours were won against weak opposition and few thought that he would survive past his first bout in Atlanta. He won his first fight against future professional world champion Sergey Dukhovich then pulled off one of the great upsets in Olympic boxing by outpointing Cuba’s Alexis Rubalcaba. Wolfgramm produced another upset win in the semi-final to ensure that his nation’s first Olympic medal would either be gold or silver.

For a brief period in the final it seemed as though the impossible was about to happen as the Tongan kept pace with Klychko but the fitness level of the Ukrainian began to tell and he pulled away in the final round to record the victory. After the fight it was revealed that Wolfgramm had suffered a fractured wrist in his previous bout.

Throughout Tonga there were mass celebrations in honour of their first Olympic medallist and the King declared a national holiday for the day of Wolfgramm’s return home. He later had a career in professional boxing though he met with only modest success.

In contrast, Volodymyr Klychko won the WBO world professional heavyweight title in 2000 and held it for 2½ years before losing it to Corrie Sanders. He won the IBF title in 2006 and has since added the WBA and WBO titles to his collection in a reign that stretched through 2013. He is generally accepted as the leading heavyweight of the 21st century. The only other legimate claimaint to that honour may well be his brother, Vitali, who has also held a version of the world title for a large part of the decade.

1Volodymyr KlychkoUKRGold
2Paea WolfgrammTGASilver
=3Aleksey LezinRUSBronze
=3Duncan DokiwariNGRBronze
5Attila LevinSWE
6René MonseGER
7Alexis RubalcabaCUB
8Ədalət MəmmədovAZE
=9Jean-François BergeronCAN
=9Lawrence Clay-BeyUSA
=9Mikhail YurchenkoKAZ
=9Ahmed El-SaidEGY
=9Siarhei LiakhovichBLR
=9Paolo VidozITA
=9Safarish KhanPAK
=9Josue BlocusFRA
=17Mohamed Reza SamadiIRI
=17Jesús GuevaraVEN
=17Petr HoráčekCZE

Round One

Date23 July 1996 — 16:42
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #123 Jul 16:42Jean-François BergeronCAN
Match #223 Jul 16:54Attila LevinSWE
Match #323 Jul 17:06Volodymyr KlychkoUKR
Match #423 Jul 17:18Lawrence Clay-BeyUSA
Match #523 Jul 17:30Aleksey LezinRUS
Match #623 Jul 17:42Mikhail YurchenkoKAZ
Match #723 Jul 17:54Ahmed El-SaidEGY
Match #823 Jul 18:06René MonseGER
Match #923 Jul 18:18Paea WolfgrammTGA
Match #1023 Jul 18:30Siarhei LiakhovichBLR
Match #1123 Jul 18:42Alexis RubalcabaCUB
Match #1223 Jul 18:54Paolo VidozITA
Match #1323 Jul 19:06Safarish KhanPAK
Match #1423 Jul 19:18Duncan DokiwariNGRReferee stops contest (injured)Mohamed Reza SamadiIRI
Match #1523 Jul 23:12Josue BlocusFRAReferee stops contestJesús GuevaraVEN
Match #1623 Jul 23:24Ədalət MəmmədovAZEReferee stops contest (injured)Petr HoráčekCZE

Round Two

Date27 July 1996 — 15:06
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #127 Jul 15:06Attila LevinSWEReferee stops contest (head blow)Jean-François BergeronCAN
Match #227 Jul 15:18Volodymyr KlychkoUKRDecisionLawrence Clay-BeyUSA
Match #327 Jul 15:30Aleksey LezinRUSReferee stops contest (injured)Mikhail YurchenkoKAZ
Match #427 Jul 15:42René MonseGERDecisionAhmed El-SaidEGY
Match #527 Jul 21:36Paea WolfgrammTGADecisionSiarhei LiakhovichBLR
Match #627 Jul 21:48Alexis RubalcabaCUBReferee stops contest (head blow)Paolo VidozITA
Match #727 Jul 22:00Duncan DokiwariNGRReferee stops contest (head blow)Safarish KhanPAK
Match #827 Jul 22:12Ədalət MəmmədovAZEReferee stops contestJosue BlocusFRA


Date2 August 1996 — 15:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #102 Aug 15:30Volodymyr KlychkoUKRReferee stops contestAttila LevinSWE
Match #202 Aug 15:42Aleksey LezinRUSDecisionRené MonseGER
Match #302 Aug 22:00Paea WolfgrammTGADecisionAlexis RubalcabaCUB
Match #402 Aug 22:12Duncan DokiwariNGRReferee stops contest (head blow)Ədalət MəmmədovAZE


Date2 August 1996 — 22:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #102 Aug 22:00Volodymyr KlychkoUKRDecisionAleksey LezinRUS
Match #202 Aug 22:12Paea WolfgrammTGADecisionDuncan DokiwariNGR

Final Round

Date4 August 1996 — 15:25
Match 1/204 Aug 15:25Volodymyr KlychkoUKRDecisionPaea WolfgrammTGA