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Light-Middleweight (≤71 kilograms), Men

Date13 – 23 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationKorakuen Horu, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Participants25 from 25 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

In 1964 Soviet boxing was reaching a peak and in the vanguard was Boris Lagutin. Lagutin had lost in the semi-finals of the Rome Olympics but had been virtually unbeatable ever since and had claimed both the 1961 and 1963 versions of the European Championships. One possible threat emerged at the start of 1964 in the shape of America’s Toby Gibson who reached the US Olympic team on the back of 12 straight inside the distance victories. Gibson lived up to his billing in his first fight in Tokyo but came unstuck against the unorthodox Ghanaian Eddie Davies who won with the help of two points deductions against Gibson. Meanwhile Lagutin moved serenely through the tournament although serene was not an apt description of his second round opponent José Roberto Chirino. Chirino became incensed by the decision of the referee to warn him for a minor rules infraction and struck out at the official, earning himself a disqualification. The Soviet boxer comfortably defeated Joseph Gonzales of France in the gold medal match and, despite losing his place on the national team following a poor post-Olympic run of results, returned to defend his title in Mexico City. In 1996 he became an adviser on sporting matters to President Yeltsin. Toby Gibson turned professional after the Games but quit after five fights to go to law school. He became a prosecutor and ran for a Superior Court judgeship but was disbarred after misappropriating his clients’ funds. He later served time in jail for armed robbery. Denmark’s Tom Bogs, who was defeated in the quarter finals, became one of his country’s most popular sportsmen although he failed in an attempt to become world light-heavyweight champion as a professional.

PosBoxerNOC
1Boris LagutinURSGold
2Joseph GonzalesFRASilver
=3Nojim MaiyegunNGRBronze
=3Józef GrzesiakPOLBronze
=5Tom BogsDEN
=5Tony BarberAUS
=5Eddie DaviesGHA
=5Vasile MirzaROU
=9Chen Bai-SunTPE
=9Bill RobinsonGBR
=9Félix OcampoPHI
=9Koji MasudaJPN
=9Toby GibsonUSA
=9José Roberto ChirinoARG
=9Kurt MattssonFIN
=9Sayed El-NahasEGY
=17Jannie GibsonZIM
=17Yot SangthienTHA
=17László SebőkHUN
=17Paul HoghGER
=17Johnny ElliottJAM
=17Massimo BruschiniITA
=17Bekele AlemuETH
=17Luiz FabreBRA
=17Lee Geum-TaekKOR

Round One (13 October 1964)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Tom BogsDEN Bye
Match #2 Chen Bai-SunTPE Bye
Match #3 Nojim MaiyegunNGR Bye
Match #4 Bill RobinsonGBR Bye
Match #5 Félix OcampoPHI Bye
Match #6 Tony BarberAUS Bye
Match #7 Joseph GonzalesFRA Bye
Match #8 Koji MasudaJPN Jannie GibsonZIM Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:56)
Match #9 Toby GibsonUSA Yot SangthienTHA Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 0:57)
Match #10 Eddie DaviesGHA László SebőkHUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #11 Boris LagutinURS Paul HoghGER Decision (5 - 0)
Match #12 José Roberto ChirinoARG Johnny ElliottJAM Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Józef GrzesiakPOL Massimo BruschiniITA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #14 Kurt MattssonFIN Bekele AlemuETH Decision (4 - 1)
Match #15 Sayed El-NahasEGY Luiz FabreBRA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #16 Vasile MirzaROU Lee Geum-TaekKOR Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (17 October 1964)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Tom BogsDEN Chen Bai-SunTPE Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:08)
Match #2 Nojim MaiyegunNGR Bill RobinsonGBR Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:59)
Match #3 Tony BarberAUS Félix OcampoPHI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Joseph GonzalesFRA Koji MasudaJPN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #5 Eddie DaviesGHA Toby GibsonUSA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Boris LagutinURS José Roberto ChirinoARG Disqualified (Round 2, 2:29)
Match #7 Józef GrzesiakPOL Kurt MattssonFIN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Vasile MirzaROU Sayed El-NahasEGY Decision (3 - 2)

Quarter-Finals (20 October 1964)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Nojim MaiyegunNGR Tom BogsDEN Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 0:58)
Match #2 Joseph GonzalesFRA Tony BarberAUS Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:57)
Match #3 Boris LagutinURS Eddie DaviesGHA Retired (Round –)
Match #4 Józef GrzesiakPOL Vasile MirzaROU Decision (4 - 1)

Semi-Finals (21 October 1964)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Joseph GonzalesFRA Nojim MaiyegunNGR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Boris LagutinURS Józef GrzesiakPOL Decision (4 - 1)

Final Round (23 October 1964)

Match 1/2 Boris LagutinURS Joseph GonzalesFRA Decision (4 - 1)