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Light-Heavyweight (≤81 kilograms), Men

Date13 – 26 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationArena México, Ciudad de México
Participants18 from 18 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The semi-finals in this class came down to an all-Eastern bloc tournament, with Soviet Lithuanian Danas Pozniakas defeating Bulgarian Georgi Stankov, and Romania’s Ion Monea winning by majority decision over Poland’s Stanisław Dragan. But in that second semi, Monea sustained a broken nose and could not appear for the final, Pozniakas winning the gold medal by a walkover. Pozniakas had been the favorite, having won the European Amateur title in 1965 and 1967, after taking silver in that class in 1963. He had been expected to make the 1964 Soviet Olympic team, but lost in the trials to Aleksey Kiselyov, who won a silver in the light-heavyweight class in 1964 and in the 1968 middleweight class in Mexico. Pozniakas would return in 1969 to win a third consecutive European Championship and then retired from competition. Monea was competing in his third Olympics, having won a bronze medal in 1960 as a middleweight, and he had lost in the semi-finals of the 1967 Europeans to Pozniakas, taking a bronze medal there as well.

PosBoxerNOC
1Danas PozniakasURSGold
2Ion MoneaROUSilver
=3Georgi StankovBULBronze
=3Stanisław DraganPOLBronze
=5Bernard MalherbeFRA
=5Jürgen SchlegelGDR
=5Fatai Ayinla-AdekunleNGR
=5Walter FacchinettiITA
=9Art ReddenUSA
=9Efstathios AlexopoulosGRE
=9Gregorio AldamaCUB
=9Hassan Nour-el-Din AmanEGY
=9Raymar ReimersFRG
=9Enrique VillarrealMEX
=9Jorge ClementePUR
=9Kurt BaumgartnerAUT
=17Soungalo BagayogoMLI
=17Josef KapínTCH

Round One (13 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Georgi StankovBUL Bye
Match #2 Art ReddenUSA Bye
Match #3 Bernard MalherbeFRA Bye
Match #4 Efstathios AlexopoulosGRE Bye
Match #5 Danas PozniakasURS Bye
Match #6 Gregorio AldamaCUB Bye
Match #7 Jürgen SchlegelGDR Bye
Match #8 Hassan Nour-el-Din AmanEGY Bye
Match #9 Ion MoneaROU Bye
Match #10 Raymar ReimersFRG Bye
Match #11 Fatai Ayinla-AdekunleNGR Bye
Match #12 Enrique VillarrealMEX Bye
Match #13 Stanisław DraganPOL Bye
Match #14 Jorge ClementePUR Bye
Match #15 Kurt BaumgartnerAUT Soungalo BagayogoMLI Decision (3 - 2)
Match #16 Walter FacchinettiITA Josef KapínTCH Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (18 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Georgi StankovBUL Art ReddenUSA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Bernard MalherbeFRA Efstathios AlexopoulosGRE Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Danas PozniakasURS Gregorio AldamaCUB Knock Out (Round 2, 2:12)
Match #4 Jürgen SchlegelGDR Hassan Nour-el-Din AmanEGY Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Ion MoneaROU Raymar ReimersFRG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Fatai Ayinla-AdekunleNGR Enrique VillarrealMEX Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)
Match #7 Stanisław DraganPOL Jorge ClementePUR Knock Out (Round 3)
Match #8 Walter FacchinettiITA Kurt BaumgartnerAUT Disqualified (Round 3)

Quarter-Finals (20 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Georgi StankovBUL Bernard MalherbeFRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Danas PozniakasURS Jürgen SchlegelGDR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Ion MoneaROU Fatai Ayinla-AdekunleNGR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Stanisław DraganPOL Walter FacchinettiITA Decision (4 - 1)

Semi-Finals (24 October 1968)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Danas PozniakasURS Georgi StankovBUL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Ion MoneaROU Stanisław DraganPOL Decision (4 - 1)

Final Round (26 October 1968)

Match 1/2 Danas PozniakasURS Ion MoneaROU Walkover