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Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Men

Date18 – 31 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationAréna Maurice-Richard, Montréal, Québec
Participants26 from 26 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

After the requisite seven withdrawals in round two by African fighters, the final came down to two young, little-known boxers – Cuba’s Ángel Herrera and Poland’s Richard Nowakowski. Nowadowski had had an easy time in the early rounds, winning two unanimous decisions, with one win by knockout, and one by TKO. Herrera had only one close bout, defeating American Davey Armstrong by a 3-2 decision in the quarter-finals. Armstrong was the American choice for this class after 1974 World Champion Howard Davis, Jr. moved up to the lightweights. The final was not close, as Herrera dominated and knocked out Nowakowski in the second round. Herrera and Nowakowski, however, would soon become among the best amateur boxers over the next decade.

Herrera returned to the Olympics in 1980 and won another gold medal, this time as a lightweight. He also won World titles in 1978 (featherweight) and 1982 (lightweight), finishing his international career with a silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games. Nowakowski won the 1977 and 1981 European titles in this class, and added a bronze medal at the 1982 World Championships.

PosBoxerNOC
1Ángel HerreraCUBGold
2Richard NowakowskiGDRSilver
=3Leszek KosedowskiPOLBronze
=3Juan ParedesMEXBronze
=5Gheorghe CiochinăROU
=5Choi Chung-IlKOR
=5Bratislav RistićYUG
=5Davey ArmstrongUSA
=9René WellerFRG
=9Camille HuardCAN
=9Yukio OdagiriJPN
=9Tibor BadariHUN
=9Behzad GhaediIRI
=9Gustavo de la CruzDOM
=9Clarence RobinsonJAM
=9Ángel PachecoVEN
=17Serge ThomasFRA
=17Ruben MaresPHI
=17Raimundo AlvesBRA
=17Anatoly VolkovURS
=17S. K. RaiIND
=17Rumen PeshevBUL
=17Ravsalyn OtgonbayarMGL
=17Pinit BoonjoungTHA
=17Carlos CalderónPUR
26Sandalio CalderónCOL
DNSBachir KoualALG
DNSBoukary SakandeBUR
DNSCornelius BbosaUGA
DNSDavidson AndehNGR
DNSGizaw AsefaETH
DNSJackson OumaKEN
DNSJohn SichulaZAM
DNSNaguib YounesEGY
DNSJonathan MagagulaSWZ

Round One (18 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 René WellerFRG Bye
Match #2 Serge ThomasFRA Bye
Match #3 Jackson OumaKEN Bye
Match #4 Gheorghe CiochinăROU Bye
Match #5 Richard NowakowskiGDR Bye
Match #6 Ruben MaresPHI Bye
Match #7 John SichulaZAM Bye
Match #8 Behzad GhaediIRI Bye
Match #9 Camille HuardCAN Bye
Match #10 Bachir KoualALG Bye
Match #11 Cornelius BbosaUGA Bye
Match #12 Leszek KosedowskiPOL Bye
Match #13 Bratislav RistićYUG Bye
Match #14 Naguib YounesEGY Bye
Match #15 Rumen PeshevBUL Bye
Match #16 Gustavo de la CruzDOM Bye
Match #17 Juan ParedesMEX Bye
Match #18 Raimundo AlvesBRA Bye
Match #19 Yukio OdagiriJPN Bye
Match #20 Ravsalyn OtgonbayarMGL Bye
Match #21 Jonathan MagagulaSWZ Bye
Match #22 Clarence RobinsonJAM Bye
Match #23 Pinit BoonjoungTHA Bye
Match #24 Choi Chung-IlKOR Bye
Match #25 Davey ArmstrongUSA Bye
Match #26 Anatoly VolkovURS Bye
Match #27 Tibor BadariHUN Bye
Match #28 Gizaw AsefaETH Bye
Match #29 Ángel HerreraCUB Bye
Match #30 1 S. K. RaiIND Davidson AndehNGR 2Walkover
Match #31 Ángel PachecoVEN Sandalio CalderónCOL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #32 3 Carlos CalderónPUR Boukary SakandeBUR 4Walkover

Round Two (21 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 René WellerFRG Serge ThomasFRA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 5 Gheorghe CiochinăROU Jackson OumaKEN 6Walkover
Match #3 Richard NowakowskiGDR Ruben MaresPHI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 7 Behzad GhaediIRI John SichulaZAM 8Walkover
Match #5 9 Camille HuardCAN Bachir KoualALG 10Walkover
Match #6 11 Leszek KosedowskiPOL Cornelius BbosaUGA 12Walkover
Match #7 13 Bratislav RistićYUG Naguib YounesEGY 14Walkover
Match #8 Gustavo de la CruzDOM Rumen PeshevBUL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #9 Juan ParedesMEX Raimundo AlvesBRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #10 Yukio OdagiriJPN Ravsalyn OtgonbayarMGL Knock Out (Round 2, 0:56)
Match #11 15 Clarence RobinsonJAM Jonathan MagagulaSWZ 16Walkover
Match #12 Choi Chung-IlKOR Pinit BoonjoungTHA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:43)
Match #13 Davey ArmstrongUSA Anatoly VolkovURS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #14 17 Tibor BadariHUN Gizaw AsefaETH 18Walkover
Match #15 Ángel HerreraCUB S. K. RaiIND Knock Out (Round 1, 1:43)
Match #16 Ángel PachecoVEN Carlos CalderónPUR Decision (5 - 0)

Round Three (24 July 1976)

Match #1 Gheorghe CiochinăROU René WellerFRG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Richard NowakowskiGDR Behzad GhaediIRI Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:03)
Match #3 Leszek KosedowskiPOL Camille HuardCAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Bratislav RistićYUG Gustavo de la CruzDOM Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Juan ParedesMEX Yukio OdagiriJPN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #6 Choi Chung-IlKOR Clarence RobinsonJAM Disqualified (Round 3, 1:36)
Match #7 Davey ArmstrongUSA Tibor BadariHUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Ángel HerreraCUB Ángel PachecoVEN Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (27 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Richard NowakowskiGDR Gheorghe CiochinăROU Knock Out (Round 3, 2:05)
Match #2 Leszek KosedowskiPOL Bratislav RistićYUG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Juan ParedesMEX Choi Chung-IlKOR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Ángel HerreraCUB Davey ArmstrongUSA Decision (3 - 2)

Semi-Finals (29 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Richard NowakowskiGDR Leszek KosedowskiPOL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Ángel HerreraCUB Juan ParedesMEX Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (31 July 1976)

Match 1/2 Ángel HerreraCUB Richard NowakowskiGDR Knock Out (Round 2, 2:18)