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Light-Flyweight (≤48 kilograms), Men

Date19 – 31 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationAréna Maurice-Richard, Montréal, Québec
Participants27 from 27 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

In the first round, only 10 of 16 matches were contested, as there was one bye, and five fighters were withdrawn by their countries because of the African boycott. The favorite was the Cuban, Jorge Hernández, who had won the 1974 World Championships and the 1975 Pan American Games. He made it to the final, although surviving a close 3-2 decision in the semis over Korea’s Park Chan-Hui. In the final he faced a North Korean, Li Byong-Uk, and won a majority decision. Li’s silver was the second consecutive silver medal in this class by a North Korean, after Kim U-Gil had lost in the 1972 final. Li would return in 1980 to win a bronze medal in the class. At Montréal he had made it to the final by a TKO over Thailand’s Payao Poontarat, the first Thai boxer to win an Olympic medal. Poontarat turned professional, something not available to the two finalists from Communist nations, and in 1983 became WBC super-flyweight world champion. He held the title for only a few months and retired after losing his final three fights in 1984-85.

PosBoxerNOC
1Jorge HernándezCUBGold
2Li Byong-UkPRKSilver
=3Payao PoontaratTHABronze
=3Orlando MaldonadoPURBronze
=5Armando GuevaraVEN
=5Héctor PatriARG
=5György GedóHUN
=5Park Chan-HuiKOR
=9Dietmar GeilichGDR
=9Aleksandr TkachenkoURS
=9Brendan DunneIRL
=9Ali CanayTUR
=9Henryk ŚrednickiPOL
=9Serdambyn BatsükhMGL
=9Mohamed Said Abdel WehabEGY
=9Zoffa YarawiPNG
=17Eduardo BaltarPHI
=17Louis CurtisUSA
=17Remus CosmaROU
=17Sayed BashiriIRI
=17Noboru UchiyamaJPN
=17Sidney McKnightCAN
=17Eleoncio MercedesDOM
=17Dacal RodríguezESP
=17José LeroyFRA
=17Abderrahim NajmMAR
=17Beyhan FuchedzhievBUL
DNSAlodji ElohTOG
DNSSteve MushiokiKEN
DNSVenostos OchiraUGA
DNSLucky MutaleZAM

Round One (19 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Dietmar GeilichGDR Bye
Match #2 Armando GuevaraVEN Eduardo BaltarPHI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Li Byong-UkPRK Sidney McKnightCAN Knock Out (Round 1, 2:32)
Match #4 Henryk ŚrednickiPOL Louis CurtisUSA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Aleksandr TkachenkoURS Eleoncio MercedesDOM Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:33)
Match #6 Payao PoontaratTHA Remus CosmaROU Decision (4 - 1)
Match #7 Serdambyn BatsükhMGL Dacal RodríguezESP Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:54)
Match #8 György GedóHUN Sayed BashiriIRI Knock Out (Round 2, 1:54)
Match #9 1 Orlando MaldonadoPUR Lucky MutaleZAM 2Walkover
Match #10 Brendan DunneIRL Noboru UchiyamaJPN Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:42)
Match #11 Mohamed Said Abdel WehabEGY José LeroyFRA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:59)
Match #12 3 Héctor PatriARG Alodji ElohTOG 4Walkover
Match #13 Park Chan-HuiKOR Abderrahim NajmMAR Disqualified (Round 3, 1:13)
Match #14 5 Ali CanayTUR Steve MushiokiKEN 6Walkover
Match #15 Jorge HernándezCUB Beyhan FuchedzhievBUL Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 0:59)
Match #16 7 Zoffa YarawiPNG Venostos OchiraUGA 8Walkover

Round Two (23 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Armando GuevaraVEN Dietmar GeilichGDR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Li Byong-UkPRK Henryk ŚrednickiPOL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #3 Payao PoontaratTHA Aleksandr TkachenkoURS Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 György GedóHUN Serdambyn BatsükhMGL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Orlando MaldonadoPUR Brendan DunneIRL Knock Out (Round 1, 1:51)
Match #6 9 Héctor PatriARG Mohamed Said Abdel WehabEGY 10Walkover
Match #7 Park Chan-HuiKOR Ali CanayTUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Jorge HernándezCUB Zoffa YarawiPNG Knock Out (Round 3, 1:45)

Quarter-Finals (27 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Li Byong-UkPRK Armando GuevaraVEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Payao PoontaratTHA György GedóHUN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Orlando MaldonadoPUR Héctor PatriARG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Jorge HernándezCUB Park Chan-HuiKOR Decision (3 - 2)

Semi-Finals (29 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Li Byong-UkPRK Payao PoontaratTHA Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 0:23)
Match #2 Jorge HernándezCUB Orlando MaldonadoPUR Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (31 July 1976)

Match 1/2 Jorge HernándezCUB Li Byong-UkPRK Decision (4 - 1)