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Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Men

Date25 August – 5 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationPalazzo dello Sport, Roma
Participants33 from 33 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The Italians pinned their hopes on their best boxer in 1960, Nino Benvenuti, who had been European light-middleweight champion in 1957 and 1959 and was already a five-time Italian champion. Benvenuti won four bouts in Rome by unanimous decision to make the final against the Soviet Yury Radonyak, a relative unknown. Benvenuti knocked down Radonyak in the first round, but although the Soviet came back strongly, he would lose a majority decision, 4-1. For his victory, Benvenuti was awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the best boxer at the Rome Olympics. Benvenuti then turned professional and in 1967 defeated Emile Griffith to win the world welterweight title. He lost a re-match against Griffith, but they fought again in March 1968, with Benvenuti winning the rubber match. He then held the world title through November 1970 before losing it to Carlos Monzon. Benvenuti retired after losing a re-match to Monzon in May 1971, finishing with a career professional record of 82 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw. He is considered by many boxing experts as Italy’s greatest ever fighter. After his boxing career ended he became a businessman and sports commentator, and then in 1995 travelled to India, renouncing the material world to volunteer at Mother Teresa’s Hospice.

PosBoxerNOC
1Nino BenvenutiITAGold
2Yury RadonyakURSSilver
=3Lech DrogoszPOLBronze
=3Jim LloydGBRBronze
=5Andrés NavarroESP
=5Henry LoubscherRSA
=5Shishman MitsevBUL
=5Phil BaldwinUSA
=9Joseph LarteyGHA
=9Viljo AhoFIN
=9Ghasem YavarkandiIRI
=9Des DuguidAUS
=9Omrane SadokTUN
=9Kim Gi-SuKOR
=9Vasile NeaguROU
=9Max MeierSUI
=17Bruno GuseGER
=17Karl BergströmSWE
=17Mohamed AtmaniMAR
=17Tongchai TeptaniTHA
=17Benny NielsenDEN
=17Alfredo CornejoCHI
=17László SebőkHUN
=17Dharmasiri WeerakoonSRI
=17Tomislav KelavaYUG
=17Aurelio GonzálezARG
=17Harry PerryIRL
=17Jean JosselinFRA
=17Mohamed FaragallaSUD
=17Whitfield MoseleyNGR
=17René GrünLUX
=17Franz KoschinaAUT
33Roberto MartínezURU

Round One (25 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Yury RadonyakURS Bye
Match #2 Bruno GuseGER Bye
Match #3 Karl BergströmSWE Bye
Match #4 Joseph LarteyGHA Bye
Match #5 Viljo AhoFIN Bye
Match #6 Mohamed AtmaniMAR Bye
Match #7 Andrés NavarroESP Bye
Match #8 Tongchai TeptaniTHA Bye
Match #9 Lech DrogoszPOL Bye
Match #10 Benny NielsenDEN Bye
Match #11 Ghasem YavarkandiIRI Bye
Match #12 Alfredo CornejoCHI Bye
Match #13 Henry LoubscherRSA Bye
Match #14 László SebőkHUN Bye
Match #15 Des DuguidAUS Bye
Match #16 Dharmasiri WeerakoonSRI Bye
Match #17 Omrane SadokTUN Bye
Match #18 Tomislav KelavaYUG Bye
Match #19 Shishman MitsevBUL Bye
Match #20 Aurelio GonzálezARG Bye
Match #21 Harry PerryIRL Bye
Match #22 Kim Gi-SuKOR Bye
Match #23 Jean JosselinFRA Bye
Match #24 Nino BenvenutiITA Bye
Match #25 Jim LloydGBR Bye
Match #26 Mohamed FaragallaSUD Bye
Match #27 Vasile NeaguROU Bye
Match #28 Whitfield MoseleyNGR Bye
Match #29 Phil BaldwinUSA Bye
Match #30 René GrünLUX Bye
Match #31 Franz KoschinaAUT Bye
Match #32 Max MeierSUI Roberto MartínezURU Decision (4 - 1)

Round Two (27 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 Yury RadonyakURS Bruno GuseGER Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Joseph LarteyGHA Karl BergströmSWE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Viljo AhoFIN Mohamed AtmaniMAR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Andrés NavarroESP Tongchai TeptaniTHA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Lech DrogoszPOL Benny NielsenDEN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Ghasem YavarkandiIRI Alfredo CornejoCHI Decision (3 - 2)
Match #7 Henry LoubscherRSA László SebőkHUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Des DuguidAUS Dharmasiri WeerakoonSRI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #9 Omrane SadokTUN Tomislav KelavaYUG Referee Stops Contest (Round 1)
Match #10 Shishman MitsevBUL Aurelio GonzálezARG Decision (3 - 2)
Match #11 Kim Gi-SuKOR Harry PerryIRL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #12 Nino BenvenutiITA Jean JosselinFRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Jim LloydGBR Mohamed FaragallaSUD Knock Out (Round 2, 2:23)
Match #14 Vasile NeaguROU Whitfield MoseleyNGR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #15 Phil BaldwinUSA René GrünLUX Knock Out (Round 1, 2:31)
Match #16 Max MeierSUI Franz KoschinaAUT Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)

Round Three (31 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Yury RadonyakURS Joseph LarteyGHA Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #2 Andrés NavarroESP Viljo AhoFIN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Lech DrogoszPOL Ghasem YavarkandiIRI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Henry LoubscherRSA Des DuguidAUS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Shishman MitsevBUL Omrane SadokTUN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #6 Nino BenvenutiITA Kim Gi-SuKOR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Jim LloydGBR Vasile NeaguROU Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #8 Phil BaldwinUSA Max MeierSUI Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (2 September 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Yury RadonyakURS Andrés NavarroESP Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Lech DrogoszPOL Henry LoubscherRSA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Nino BenvenutiITA Shishman MitsevBUL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Jim LloydGBR Phil BaldwinUSA Decision (3 - 2)

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

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Yury RadonyakURS Lech DrogoszPOL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Nino BenvenutiITA Jim LloydGBR Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (5 September 1960 — 21:00)

Match 1/2 Nino BenvenutiITA Yury RadonyakURS Decision (4 - 1)