Boxing at the 1980 Summer Olympics

Dates 20 July – 2 August 1980
Medal Events 11

The American-led boycott cost the 1980 Olympics the US boxing team, although it is uncertain if that would have made much of a difference. Cuba absolutely dominated the competition in 1980, winning fully half – six – of the gold medals, and medals in 10 of the 11 weight classes, missing only the flyweights, where defending champion Jorge Hernández lost his second-round bout to eventual silver medalist Viktor Miroshnychenko of the USSR. Cuba was led by their heavyweight, Teófilo Stevenson, who became only the second boxer, after Hungary’s László Papp (1948-56), to win three boxing gold medals. The host Soviets also won eight medals, but only one of them a gold, as Communist nations garnered 38 of the 44 available medals, with East Germany taking six medals and Poland five, but the Val Barker Trophy went to the only gold medalist from a non-Communist nation, Italian Patrizio Oliva, winner of the light-welterweight class.

The 1980 boxing tournament was held at the Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex, or Indoor Stadium, a huge indoor arena constructed for the 1980 Olympics. It was split into two sections, with basketball held in one part, and boxing in the other. Combined, the arena could hold up to 80,000 spectators, although the 1980 boxing section held less than 16,000. There were 11 classes contested in 1980, the same schedule as since 1968, but in 1984, an additional heavy class would be added. Termed cruiserweight in the professional ranks, it would be called the heavyweight class at the Olympics, with the heaviest class being called the super-heavyweights.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Light-Flyweight (≤48 kilograms), Men Olympic 21 July – 2 August 1980 22 22
Flyweight (≤51 kilograms), Men Olympic 22 July – 2 August 1980 22 22
Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms), Men Olympic 20 July – 2 August 1980 33 33
Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Men Olympic 20 July – 2 August 1980 35 35
Lightweight (≤60 kilograms), Men Olympic 20 July – 2 August 1980 29 29
Light-Welterweight (≤63.5 kilograms), Men Olympic 21 July – 2 August 1980 30 30
Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Men Olympic 22 July – 2 August 1980 29 29
Light-Middleweight (≤71 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 July – 2 August 1980 23 23
Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men Olympic 24 July – 2 August 1980 19 19
Light-Heavyweight (≤81 kilograms), Men Olympic 26 July – 2 August 1980 15 15
Heavyweight (>81 kilograms), Men Olympic 25 July – 2 August 1980 14 14
271 (271/0) 51 (51/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light-Flyweight, Men Shamil SabirovURS Hipólito RamosCUB Li Byong-Uk
Ismail Mustafov
PRK
BUL
Flyweight, Men Petar LesovBUL Viktor MiroshnichenkoURS Hugh Russell
János Váradi
IRL
HUN
Bantamweight, Men Juan Hernández PérezCUB Bernardo PiñangoVEN Michael Anthony
Dumitru Cipere
GUY
ROU
Featherweight, Men Rudi FinkGDR Adolfo HortaCUB Viktor Rybakov
Krzysztof Kosedowski
URS
POL
Lightweight, Men Ángel HerreraCUB Viktor DemyanenkoURS Kazimierz Adach
Richard Nowakowski
POL
GDR
Light-Welterweight, Men Patrizio OlivaITA Serik KonakbayevURS Tony Willis
José Aguilar
GBR
CUB
Welterweight, Men Andrés AldamaCUB John MugabiUGA Karl-Heinz Krüger
Kazimierz Szczerba
GDR
POL
Light-Middleweight, Men Armando MartínezCUB Aleksandr KoshkinURS Ján Franek
Detlef Kästner
TCH
GDR
Middleweight, Men José GómezCUB Viktor SavchenkoURS Valentin Silaghi
Jerzy Rybicki
ROU
POL
Light-Heavyweight, Men Slobodan KačarYUG Paweł SkrzeczPOL Herbert Bauch
Ricardo Rojas
GDR
CUB
Heavyweight, Men Teófilo StevensonCUB Pyotr ZayevURS István Lévai
Jürgen Fanghänel
HUN
GDR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Cuba CUB 6 2 2 10
Soviet Union URS 1 6 1 8
East Germany GDR 1 0 5 6
Bulgaria BUL 1 0 1 2
Italy ITA 1 0 0 1
Yugoslavia YUG 1 0 0 1
Poland POL 0 1 4 5
Uganda UGA 0 1 0 1
Venezuela VEN 0 1 0 1
Hungary HUN 0 0 2 2
Romania ROU 0 0 2 2
Czechoslovakia TCH 0 0 1 1
Democratic People's Republic of Korea PRK 0 0 1 1
Great Britain GBR 0 0 1 1
Guyana GUY 0 0 1 1
Ireland IRL 0 0 1 1