| Event type

Light-Welterweight (≤63.5 kilograms), Men

Date30 August – 10 September 1972
LocationBoxhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants32 from 32 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The American team that arrived in Germany was considered the best all round team to leave their shores since 1952 but only one, Ray Seales, returned to the US as Olympic champion. With no seeding it was always possible that two of the favourites could be drawn to meet each other and that is exactly what happened in the first round in Munich. Seales was drawn against the reigning European Champion, Ulrich Beyer of East Germany. The bout lived up to expectations as first Seales and then Beyer took the upper hand over the course of the fight. The fight was effectively decided in the last minute when Seales launched a blistering attack which shook his opponent to his boots. It was enough give the American the win in the eyes of three of the five judges. Despite another close call in the quarter-finals Seales advanced to the final where he would face Angel Angelov of Bulgaria. The gold medal bout was a textbook clash between the upright technical Eastern European style of Angelov and the looser, more aggressive American. With little to choose between the two men the decisive moment came in the first round when Seales knocked the Bulgarian to the floor. After the Olympics Seales embarked on a professional career. He fought some of the best boxers in the middleweight division including world champions Marvin Hagler and Alan Minter but, although he held the North American championships, never managed to get a shot at the world title. He suffered serious damage to his retina during his career and was declared legally blind in the mid-eighties. Seales later worked with autistic high school students.

1Ray SealesUSAGold
2Angel AngelovBULSilver
=3Zvonko VujinYUGBronze
=3Issaka DaboréNIGBronze
=5Andrés MolinaCUB
=5Graham MoughtonGBR
=5Bantow SrisookTHA
=5Kyoji ShinoharaJPN
=9Jim MontagueIRL
=9Anatoly KamnevURS
=9Emilio VillaCOL
=9Sodnomyn GomboMGL
=9Walter GómezARG
=9Calistrat CuțovROU
=9Park Tae-SikKOR
=9Laudiel NegrónPUR
=17Nosra Vakil MonfardIRI
=17Ulrich BeyerGDR
=17Roy JohnsonBER
=17Pentti SaarmanFIN
=17Timsah Okalo MulwalSUD
=17Malang BalouchPAK
=17Robert MwakosyaTAN
=17Yotham KundaZAM
=17Luis ContrerasVEN
=17Krzysztof PierwienieckiPOL
=17Ernesto BergamascoITA
=17Mohamed MuruliUGA
=17Abdou FallSEN
=17Odartey LawsonGHA
=17Obisia NwakpaNGR
=17Fekrou GabreselassieETH

Round One (30 August 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Jim MontagueIRL Nosra Vakil MonfardIRI Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:48)
Match #2 Ray SealesUSA Ulrich BeyerGDR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #3 Anatoly KamnevURS Roy JohnsonBER Knock Out (Round 2, 1:28)
Match #4 Andrés MolinaCUB Pentti SaarmanFIN Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:30)
Match #5 Emilio VillaCOL Timsah Okalo MulwalSUD Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Graham MoughtonGBR Malang BalouchPAK Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Zvonko VujinYUG Robert MwakosyaTAN Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 0:46)
Match #8 Sodnomyn GomboMGL Yotham KundaZAM Decision (5 - 0)
Match #9 Angel AngelovBUL Luis ContrerasVEN Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:29)
Match #10 Walter GómezARG Krzysztof PierwienieckiPOL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #11 Bantow SrisookTHA Ernesto BergamascoITA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #12 Calistrat CuțovROU Mohamed MuruliUGA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #13 Park Tae-SikKOR Abdou FallSEN Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:38)
Match #14 Issaka DaboréNIG Odartey LawsonGHA Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:48)
Match #15 Laudiel NegrónPUR Obisia NwakpaNGR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #16 Kyoji ShinoharaJPN Fekrou GabreselassieETH Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (4 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Ray SealesUSA Jim MontagueIRL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Andrés MolinaCUB Anatoly KamnevURS Knock Out (Round 3, 3:00)
Match #3 Graham MoughtonGBR Emilio VillaCOL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Zvonko VujinYUG Sodnomyn GomboMGL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #5 Angel AngelovBUL Walter GómezARG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #6 Bantow SrisookTHA Calistrat CuțovROU Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 0:01)
Match #7 Issaka DaboréNIG Park Tae-SikKOR Retired (Round 3, 0:01)
Match #8 Kyoji ShinoharaJPN Laudiel NegrónPUR Decision (4 - 1)

Quarter-Finals (7 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Ray SealesUSA Andrés MolinaCUB Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Zvonko VujinYUG Graham MoughtonGBR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Angel AngelovBUL Bantow SrisookTHA Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:20)
Match #4 Issaka DaboréNIG Kyoji ShinoharaJPN Decision (3 - 2)

Semi-Finals (8 September 1972)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Ray SealesUSA Zvonko VujinYUG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Angel AngelovBUL Issaka DaboréNIG Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (10 September 1972)

Match 1/2 Ray SealesUSA Angel AngelovBUL Decision (3 - 2)