| Event type

Light-Heavyweight (≤81 kilograms), Men

Date28 August – 10 September 1972
LocationBoxhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

After losing in the final of the 1969 European Championships, Yugoslavia’s Mate Parlovwon the next four major tournaments he could enter. His Olympic title in 1972 was sandwiched by a brace of European championships in 1971 and 1973 and followed by a win at the inaugural world amateur Championships in 1974. Parlov was dominant in Munich and comfortably defeated opponents from Chad, Hungary and Poland on his way to fight for the gold medal. Facing Parlov in the final was the 19-year-old Cuban soldier Gilberto Carrillo. The inexperienced Carillo stated well and had the better of the opening exchanges but he failed to recover from a knockdown late in round one and was stopped in the final minute of the second run. Unlike other Communist regimes, Yugoslavia allowed its’ boxers to fight professionally and so Parlov took up this option in 1975. He won the European light-heavyweight title in 1976 and was World champion for most of 1978. He lost the title to fellow Olympian Marvin Johnson, then retired in 1980 following two failures to win another world title in the cruiserweight division. After retiring from the ring he ran a coffee bar but would return to boxing as a coach of the 1984 Yugoslav Olympic boxing team. A very popular figure in his native Croatia, he was voted the outstanding Croatian sportsman of the 20th century.

1Mate ParlovYUGGold
2Gilberto CarrilloCUBSilver
=3Isaac IkhouriaNGRBronze
=3Janusz GortatPOLBronze
=5Harald SkogNOR
=5Nikolay AnfimovURS
=5Rudi HornigFRG
=5Miguel Ángel CuelloARG
=9Ernesto SánchezVEN
=9Seifu MekonnenETH
=9Valdemar Paulino de OliveiraBRA
=9Mahmoud AhmedEGY
=9Ray RussellUSA
=9Guglielmo SpinelloITA
=9Marian CulineacROU
=9Imre TóthHUN
=17Anton SchärSUI
=17Mehtab SinghIND
=17Georgi StankovBUL
=17Gombyn ZorigMGL
=17Jaroslav KrálTCH
=17Steven ThegaKEN
=17Henri MoreauFRA
=17Samson LaizerTAN
=17Oliver WrightJAM
=17Ottomar SachseGDR
=17Hassan Nour-el-Din AmanCHA
=17Matthias OumaUGA

Round One

Date28 August 1972
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #128 AugGilberto CarrilloCUB
Match #228 AugErnesto SánchezVEN
Match #328 AugSeifu MekonnenETH
Match #428 AugHarald SkogNOR
Match #528 AugIsaac IkhouriaNGRDecisionAnton SchärSUI
Match #628 AugValdemar Paulino de OliveiraBRADecisionMehtab SinghIND
Match #728 AugNikolay AnfimovURSDecisionGeorgi StankovBUL
Match #828 AugMahmoud AhmedEGYDecisionGombyn ZorigMGL
Match #928 AugJanusz GortatPOLDecisionJaroslav KrálTCH
Match #1028 AugRay RussellUSAReferee stops contestSteven ThegaKEN
Match #1128 AugRudi HornigFRGDecisionHenri MoreauFRA
Match #1228 AugGuglielmo SpinelloITAKnock-outSamson LaizerTAN
Match #1328 AugMarian CulineacROUDecisionOliver WrightJAM
Match #1428 AugMiguel Ángel CuelloARGDecisionOttomar SachseGDR
Match #1528 AugMate ParlovYUGReferee stops contestHassan Nour-el-Din AmanCHA
Match #1628 AugImre TóthHUNDecisionMatthias OumaUGA

Round Two

Date2 September 1972
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #102 SepGilberto CarrilloCUBKnock-outErnesto SánchezVEN
Match #202 SepHarald SkogNORDecisionSeifu MekonnenETH
Match #302 SepIsaac IkhouriaNGRDecisionValdemar Paulino de OliveiraBRA
Match #402 SepNikolay AnfimovURSReferee stops contestMahmoud AhmedEGY
Match #502 SepJanusz GortatPOLDecisionRay RussellUSA
Match #602 SepRudi HornigFRGDecisionGuglielmo SpinelloITA
Match #702 SepMiguel Ángel CuelloARGReferee stops contestMarian CulineacROU
Match #802 SepMate ParlovYUGReferee stops contestImre TóthHUN


Date7 September 1972
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #107 SepGilberto CarrilloCUBReferee stops contestHarald SkogNOR
Match #207 SepIsaac IkhouriaNGRDecisionNikolay AnfimovURS
Match #307 SepJanusz GortatPOLReferee stops contestRudi HornigFRG
Match #407 SepMate ParlovYUGWalkoverMiguel Ángel CuelloARG


Date8 September 1972
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #108 SepGilberto CarrilloCUBDecisionIsaac IkhouriaNGR
Match #208 SepMate ParlovYUGDecisionJanusz GortatPOL

Final Round

Date10 September 1972
Match 1/210 SepMate ParlovYUGReferee stops contestGilberto CarrilloCUB