| Event type

Heavyweight (>81 kilograms), Men

Date22 – 31 July 1976
LocationAréna Maurice-Richard, Montréal, Québec
Participants15 from 15 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The clear favorite was Cuba’s Téofilo Stevenson, the defending gold medalist. Stevenson had also won gold medals at the 1971 and 1975 Pan American Games and was the 1974 World Champion. He followed in the line of great Olympic heavyweight champions, after Joe Frazier (1964) and George Foreman (1968), but unlike those two, Cuban policies prevented him from turning professional. Stevenson had been defeated twice since the 1972 Olympics, both times by Soviet Igor Vysotsky, once in early 1976, but Vysotsky was not in Montréal because of eye injuries, which further opened the way for the Cuban.

The 1976 heavyweight tournament was simply a coronation for Stevenson, as none of his four matches lasted the distance. The Americans touted Johnny Tate, but in the semi-finals he went down to Stevenson’s hammer fists in only 1:29 of the first round. In the final Stevenson faced Romania’s Mircea Simion who ran away for two rounds rather than fight. Probably a wise decision as Stevenson finally caught him in round three and the referee quickly stopped the bout. Simion was not done running as he defected to the United States in 1977 and had a short pro career, lasting through 1979, finishing with a career record of 12 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw.

Although Stevenson could not turn professional, fight promoters and agents drooled at the possibility, both because of his skills and his movie-star good looks. In 1980 he came back to win a third Olympic gold medal, becoming only the second boxer (at the time) to do that, following Hungary’s László Papp. He won further gold medals at the 1979 Pan American Games, and the 1978 and 1986 World Championships. Only the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Olympics likely kept Stevenson from a unique fourth consecutive Olympic boxing gold medal.

1Teófilo StevensonCUBGold
2Mircea ŞimonROUSilver
=3Johnny TateUSABronze
=3Clarence HillBERBronze
=5Peter HussingFRG
=5Rudy GauweBEL
=5Pekka RuokolaFIN
=5Atanas SapundzhievBUL
=9Andrzej BiegalskiPOL
=9Mamadou DrameSEN
=9Parviz BadpaIRI
=9Trevor BerbickJAM
=9László PákozdiHUN
=9Viktor IvanovURS
15Jürgen FanghänelGDR
DNSEric GeorgeISV
DNSMahmoud Aly AhmedEGY
DNSSolomon AtagaNGR

Round One (22 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Andrzej BiegalskiPOL Bye
Match #2 Johnny TateUSA Bye
Match #3 Peter HussingFRG Bye
Match #4 László PákozdiHUN Bye
Match #5 Mamadou DrameSEN Bye
Match #6 Teófilo StevensonCUB Bye
Match #7 Pekka RuokolaFIN Bye
Match #8 Solomon AtagaNGR Bye
Match #9 Clarence HillBER Bye
Match #10 Parviz BadpaIRI Bye
Match #11 Rudy GauweBEL Bye
Match #12 Eric GeorgeISV Bye
Match #13 Trevor BerbickJAM Bye
Match #14 Mircea ŞimonROU Bye
Match #15 1 Atanas SapundzhievBUL Mahmoud Aly AhmedEGY 2Walkover
Match #16 Viktor IvanovURS Jürgen FanghänelGDR Decision (3 - 2)

Round Two (26 July 1976)

Match #1 Johnny TateUSA Andrzej BiegalskiPOL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Peter HussingFRG László PákozdiHUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Teófilo StevensonCUB Mamadou DrameSEN Knock Out (Round 2, 0:58)
Match #4 3 Pekka RuokolaFIN Solomon AtagaNGR 4Walkover
Match #5 Clarence HillBER Parviz BadpaIRI Knock Out (Round 2, 2:41)
Match #6 Rudy GauweBEL Eric GeorgeISV Walkover
Match #7 Mircea ŞimonROU Trevor BerbickJAM Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Atanas SapundzhievBUL Viktor IvanovURS Decision (4 - 1)

Quarter-Finals (28 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Johnny TateUSA Peter HussingFRG Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Teófilo StevensonCUB Pekka RuokolaFIN Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:55)
Match #3 Clarence HillBER Rudy GauweBEL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Mircea ŞimonROU Atanas SapundzhievBUL Decision (4 - 1)

Semi-Finals (29 July 1976)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Teófilo StevensonCUB Johnny TateUSA Knock Out (Round 1, 1:29)
Match #2 Mircea ŞimonROU Clarence HillBER Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (31 July 1976)

Match 1/2 Teófilo StevensonCUB Mircea ŞimonROU Retired (Round 3, 2:35)