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Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Men

Date13 – 26 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationArena México, Ciudad de México
Participants33 from 33 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

This was a wide-open class with no well-known champions. The final came down to Cameroon’s Joseph Bessala, who had won all his early bouts easily, and had won the 1965 All-Africa Games and 1966 African Championships. He was pitted against Manfred Wolke of the GDR, with Wolke winning by majority decision, 4-1. Bessala was a Cameroonian hero and was given a car and a house for his efforts. David Wallechinsky in The Complete Book of the Olympics tells the story of the house, “ … Bessala returned to find his house occupied by a stranger – and realized that he had forgotten to ask for official papers for the house. Bessala was given a second house by the state, but was evicted without explanation several years later.” Bessala fought professionally from 1969-78, winning 14 fights, losing 2, with one draw. In 1978 he won the African Boxing Union welterweight title by decision over Bechir Boundka, but lost his next fight for that title to Mimoun Mohatar, and then retired. Wolke came back to box at the 1972 Olympics but lost in an early round and then became a coach.

PosBoxerNOC
1Manfred WolkeGDRGold
2Joseph BessalaCMRSilver
=3Vladimir MusalimovURSBronze
=3Mario GuillotiARGBronze
=5Celal SandalTUR
=5Alfonso RamírezMEX
=5Armando MunizUSA
=5Victor ZilbermanROU
=9Ivan KiryakovBUL
=9Expedito AlencarBRA
=9Evangelos OikonomakosGRE
=9José Manuel DuránESP
=9Max HebeisenSUI
=9Donato PaduanoCAN
=9István GáliHUN
=9Julius LuipaZAM
=17Aaron PopoolaGHA
=17Bohumil NěmečekTCH
=17Andrés MolinaCUB
=17Tadesse GebregiorgisETH
=17Marco ScanoITA
=17Park Gu-IlKOR
=17Alan TottohGBR
=17Dieter KottyschFRG
=17Marian KasprzykPOL
=17Mohamed BoucharaMAR
=17Fidelis Onye SomNGR
=17Andrew KajjoUGA
=17Jørgen HansenDEN
=17Yvon MariolleFRA
=17Luis GonzálezCHI
=32Mauri SaarivainioFIN
=32Rabah LabiodALG
DNSKenneth NelsonJAM

Round One (13 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Celal SandalTUR Bye
Match #2 Aaron PopoolaGHA Bye
Match #3 Ivan KiryakovBUL Bye
Match #4 Bohumil NěmečekTCH Bye
Match #5 Manfred WolkeGDR Bye
Match #6 Andrés MolinaCUB Bye
Match #7 Expedito AlencarBRA Bye
Match #8 Tadesse GebregiorgisETH Bye
Match #9 Alfonso RamírezMEX Bye
Match #10 Marco ScanoITA Bye
Match #11 Evangelos OikonomakosGRE Bye
Match #12 Alan TottohGBR Bye
Match #13 José Manuel DuránESP Bye
Match #14 Park Gu-IlKOR Bye
Match #15 Vladimir MusalimovURS Bye
Match #16 Dieter KottyschFRG Bye
Match #17 Armando MunizUSA Bye
Match #18 Marian KasprzykPOL Bye
Match #19 Max HebeisenSUI Bye
Match #20 Mohamed BoucharaMAR Bye
Match #21 Donato PaduanoCAN Bye
Match #22 Fidelis Onye SomNGR Bye
Match #23 Mario GuillotiARG Bye
Match #24 Andrew KajjoUGA Bye
Match #25 Victor ZilbermanROU Bye
Match #26 Jørgen HansenDEN Bye
Match #27 István GáliHUN Bye
Match #28 Yvon MariolleFRA Bye
Match #29 Joseph BessalaCMR Bye
Match #30 Luis GonzálezCHI Bye
Match #31 Dieter KottyschFRG Mauri SaarivainioFIN Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:54)
Match #32 Julius LuipaZAM Rabah LabiodALG Decision (4 - 1)

Round Two (19 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Celal SandalTUR Aaron PopoolaGHA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Ivan KiryakovBUL Bohumil NěmečekTCH Disqualified (Round 3)
Match #3 Manfred WolkeGDR Andrés MolinaCUB Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Expedito AlencarBRA Tadesse GebregiorgisETH Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)
Match #5 Alfonso RamírezMEX Marco ScanoITA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #6 José Manuel DuránESP Park Gu-IlKOR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #7 Evangelos OikonomakosGRE Alan TottohGBR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #8 1 Vladimir MusalimovURS 2Dieter KottyschFRG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #9 Armando MunizUSA Marian KasprzykPOL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #10 Max HebeisenSUI Mohamed BoucharaMAR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #11 Donato PaduanoCAN Fidelis Onye SomNGR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #12 Mario GuillotiARG Andrew KajjoUGA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #13 Victor ZilbermanROU Jørgen HansenDEN Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)
Match #14 István GáliHUN Yvon MariolleFRA Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)
Match #15 Joseph BessalaCMR Luis GonzálezCHI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #16 3 Julius LuipaZAM 4Bye

Round Three (22 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Celal SandalTUR Ivan KiryakovBUL Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)
Match #2 Manfred WolkeGDR Expedito AlencarBRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Alfonso RamírezMEX Evangelos OikonomakosGRE Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Vladimir MusalimovURS José Manuel DuránESP Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Armando MunizUSA Max HebeisenSUI Decision (4 - 1)
Match #6 Mario GuillotiARG Donato PaduanoCAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Victor ZilbermanROU István GáliHUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Joseph BessalaCMR Julius LuipaZAM Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)

Quarter-Finals (23 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Manfred WolkeGDR Celal SandalTUR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Vladimir MusalimovURS Alfonso RamírezMEX Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Mario GuillotiARG Armando MunizUSA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Joseph BessalaCMR Victor ZilbermanROU Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)

Semi-Finals (24 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Manfred WolkeGDR Vladimir MusalimovURS Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Joseph BessalaCMR Mario GuillotiARG Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (26 October 1968)

Match 1/2 Manfred WolkeGDR Joseph BessalaCMR Decision (4 - 1)