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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
=9Emiliano 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 BalochPAK
=17Robert MwakosyaTAN
=17Yotham KundaZAM
=17Luis ContrerasVEN
=17Krzysztof PierwienieckiPOL
=17Ernesto BergamascoITA
=17Mohamed MuruliUGA
=17Abdou FallSEN
=17Odartey LawsonGHA
=17Obisia NwankpaNGR
=17Fekrou GabreselassieETH

Round One

Date30 August 1972
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #130 AugJim MontagueIRLReferee stops contestNosra Vakil MonfardIRI
Match #230 AugRay SealesUSADecisionUlrich BeyerGDR
Match #330 AugAnatoly KamnevURSKnock-outRoy JohnsonBER
Match #430 AugAndrés MolinaCUBReferee stops contestPentti SaarmanFIN
Match #530 AugEmiliano VillaCOLDecisionTimsah Okalo MulwalSUD
Match #630 AugGraham MoughtonGBRDecisionMalang BalochPAK
Match #730 AugZvonko VujinYUGReferee stops contestRobert MwakosyaTAN
Match #830 AugSodnomyn GomboMGLDecisionYotham KundaZAM
Match #930 AugAngel AngelovBULReferee stops contestLuis ContrerasVEN
Match #1030 AugWalter GómezARGDecisionKrzysztof PierwienieckiPOL
Match #1130 AugBantow SrisookTHADecisionErnesto BergamascoITA
Match #1230 AugCalistrat CuțovROUDecisionMohamed MuruliUGA
Match #1330 AugPark Tae-SikKORReferee stops contestAbdou FallSEN
Match #1430 AugIssaka DaboréNIGReferee stops contestOdartey LawsonGHA
Match #1530 AugLaudiel NegrónPURDecisionObisia NwankpaNGR
Match #1630 AugKyoji ShinoharaJPNDecisionFekrou GabreselassieETH

Round Two

Date4 September 1972
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #104 SepRay SealesUSADecisionJim MontagueIRL
Match #204 SepAndrés MolinaCUBKnock-outAnatoly KamnevURS
Match #304 SepGraham MoughtonGBRDecisionEmiliano VillaCOL
Match #404 SepZvonko VujinYUGDecisionSodnomyn GomboMGL
Match #504 SepAngel AngelovBULDecisionWalter GómezARG
Match #604 SepBantow SrisookTHAReferee stops contestCalistrat CuțovROU
Match #704 SepIssaka DaboréNIGRetiredPark Tae-SikKOR
Match #804 SepKyoji ShinoharaJPNDecisionLaudiel NegrónPUR


Date7 September 1972
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #107 SepRay SealesUSADecisionAndrés MolinaCUB
Match #207 SepZvonko VujinYUGDecisionGraham MoughtonGBR
Match #307 SepAngel AngelovBULReferee stops contestBantow SrisookTHA
Match #407 SepIssaka DaboréNIGDecisionKyoji ShinoharaJPN


Date8 September 1972
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #108 SepRay SealesUSADecisionZvonko VujinYUG
Match #208 SepAngel AngelovBULDecisionIssaka DaboréNIG

Final Round

Date10 September 1972
Match 1/210 SepRay SealesUSADecisionAngel AngelovBUL