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Lightweight (≤60 kilograms), Men

Date25 August – 5 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationPalazzo dello Sport, Roma
Participants34 from 34 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Kazimierz Paździor was a tough Pole who came to Rome with the experience gained from 175 amateur fights. A blacksmith by trade, he had won the 1957 European amateur championship, and won the gold medal in this class by winning five decisions, although only winning his first bout unanimously. In the semi-finals he faced Britain’s Dick McTaggart, the defending gold medalist who was British champion in 1956, 1958, and 1960, and McTaggart gave him all he could handle, with Paździor winning by 3-2 judges’ decision. The final saw him face the hometown favorite, Sandro Lopopolo, but Paździor prevailed by majority decision. Paździor retired from boxing after 1961, winning 179 of 194 amateur bouts. He then studied to become an economist and worked as a boxing coach. McTaggart never turned professional, boxing as an amateur thru 1965, representing Britain again in 1964 at Tokyo, where he went out early, and winning the 1961 European lightweight title and five ABA titles in his career. But it was Lopopolo who had the best pro career in the ring. He turned professional in early 1961 and fought through 1973, finishing with a career record of 59 wins, 10 losses, and 7 draws. Lopopolo was world light-welterweight champion from April 1966 to April 1967.

Missing from the Games was Olli Maki, a Finn who was the reigning European champion at this weight and considered a gold medal prospect. Maki’s club was aligned with the Finnish Worker´s Sports Federation, which was in the middle of an internal political split and not on good terms with the Finnish Olympic Committee. He was nominated for Rome on the proviso that he resigned from his club and joined another in better standing with his NOC. Maki refused and turned professional at the end of 1960.

PosBoxerNOC
1Kazimierz PaździorPOLGold
2Sandro LopopoloITASilver
=3Dick McTaggartGBRBronze
=3Abel LaudonioARGBronze
=5Ferenc KellnerHUN
=5Salah ShokweirUAR
=5Vilikton BarannikovURS
=5Harry CampbellUSA
=9Eddie BlayGHA
=9Yasuyuki ItoJPN
=9Harry LempioGER
=9Adalberto HernándezMEX
=9Iosif MihalicROU
=9Dagfinn NessNOR
=9Lee Gwang-JuKOR
=9Danny O'BrienIRL
=17Bhodi SooknoiTHA
=17Gualberto GutiérrezURU
=17Jacques CototFRA
=17Abdel Kader GanganiMAR
=17Noureddine DziriTUN
=17Taha Abdul KarimIRQ
=17Ghulam SarwarPAK
=17Josef GrumserAUT
=17Wim GerlachNED
=17Väinö JärvenpääFIN
=17Fernando RieraESP
=17Jozef TöreTCH
=17Mario RomeroVEN
=17Dimitar StoilovBUL
=17Esteban AguileraCUB
=17Stoffel SteynRSA
=33Sid PriorAUS
=33Johnny BolangINA

Round One (25 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Dick McTaggartGBR Bye
Match #2 Bhodi SooknoiTHA Bye
Match #3 Gualberto GutiérrezURU Bye
Match #4 Eddie BlayGHA Bye
Match #5 Ferenc KellnerHUN Bye
Match #6 Jacques CototFRA Bye
Match #7 Yasuyuki ItoJPN Bye
Match #8 Abdel Kader GanganiMAR Bye
Match #9 Noureddine DziriTUN Bye
Match #10 Harry LempioGER Bye
Match #11 Taha Abdul KarimIRQ Bye
Match #12 Kazimierz PaździorPOL Bye
Match #13 Ghulam SarwarPAK Bye
Match #14 Adalberto HernándezMEX Bye
Match #15 Josef GrumserAUT Bye
Match #16 Salah ShokweirUAR Bye
Match #17 Wim GerlachNED Bye
Match #18 Vilikton BarannikovURS Bye
Match #19 Väinö JärvenpääFIN Bye
Match #20 Iosif MihalicROU Bye
Match #21 Fernando RieraESP Bye
Match #22 Dagfinn NessNOR Bye
Match #23 Abel LaudonioARG Bye
Match #24 Jozef TöreTCH Bye
Match #25 Harry CampbellUSA Bye
Match #26 Mario RomeroVEN Bye
Match #27 Dimitar StoilovBUL Bye
Match #28 Lee Gwang-JuKOR Bye
Match #29 Esteban AguileraCUB Bye
Match #30 Danny O'BrienIRL Bye
Match #31 Stoffel SteynRSA Sid PriorAUS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #32 Sandro LopopoloITA Johnny BolangINA Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (29 – 30 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 Dick McTaggartGBR Bhodi SooknoiTHA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Eddie BlayGHA Gualberto GutiérrezURU Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Ferenc KellnerHUN Jacques CototFRA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Yasuyuki ItoJPN Abdel Kader GanganiMAR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Harry LempioGER Noureddine DziriTUN Knock Out (Round 3)
Match #6 Kazimierz PaździorPOL Taha Abdul KarimIRQ Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Adalberto HernándezMEX Ghulam SarwarPAK Decision (4 - 1)
Match #8 Salah ShokweirUAR Josef GrumserAUT Decision (4 - 1)
Match #9 Vilikton BarannikovURS Wim GerlachNED Decision (5 - 0)
Match #10 Iosif MihalicROU Väinö JärvenpääFIN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #11 Dagfinn NessNOR Fernando RieraESP Decision (5 - 0)
Match #12 Abel LaudonioARG Jozef TöreTCH Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Harry CampbellUSA Mario RomeroVEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #14 Lee Gwang-JuKOR Dimitar StoilovBUL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #15 Danny O'BrienIRL Esteban AguileraCUB Decision (5 - 0)
Match #16 Sandro LopopoloITA Stoffel SteynRSA Decision (5 - 0)

Round Three (1 September 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Dick McTaggartGBR Eddie BlayGHA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Ferenc KellnerHUN Yasuyuki ItoJPN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Kazimierz PaździorPOL Harry LempioGER Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Salah ShokweirUAR Adalberto HernándezMEX Decision (3 - 2)
Match #5 Vilikton BarannikovURS Iosif MihalicROU Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Abel LaudonioARG Dagfinn NessNOR Referee Stops Contest (Round 1)
Match #7 Harry CampbellUSA Lee Gwang-JuKOR Knock Out (Round 2, 1:30)
Match #8 Sandro LopopoloITA Danny O'BrienIRL Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (2 September 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Dick McTaggartGBR Ferenc KellnerHUN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Kazimierz PaździorPOL Salah ShokweirUAR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Abel LaudonioARG Vilikton BarannikovURS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Sandro LopopoloITA Harry CampbellUSA Decision (4 - 1)

Semi-Finals (3 September 1960 — 21:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Kazimierz PaździorPOL Dick McTaggartGBR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Sandro LopopoloITA Abel LaudonioARG Decision (3 - 2)

Final Round (5 September 1960 — 21:00)

Match 1/2 Kazimierz PaździorPOL Sandro LopopoloITA Decision (4 - 1)