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Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Men

Date20 July – 2 August 1980
LocationTsentralnaya arena, Sportivny kompleks Olimpiysky, Moskva
Participants35 from 35 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The man who, at the beginning of 1980, would have been expected to start as favourite for the Olympic title was not present in Moscow. Bernard Taylor, the American who had won the inaugural World Cup tournament in 1979, was a victim of the US boycott. Taylor would win 481 of his 489 amateur fights but was never able to represent his country at the Olympic Games. This established 1976 medalist and current European champion Viktor Rybakov as the clear favourite at featherweight though both Luis Pizarro of Puerto Rico and Adolfo Horta, a Cuban who was dropping down a weight division, were also thought of contenders. Horta defeated Pizzaro in the quarter-final and then reached the final via a walkover, but Rybakov was eliminated in his semi-final by East Germany’s Rudi Fink, a fighter who was national champion but who was previously untested in major international competition. Fink proved a revelation and took his semi-final form into the gold medal bout and, with the crowd in the arena chanting “Rudi, Rudi” in his honour, won a close but deserved decision over Horta. During the final Horta’s trainer was sent from the arena for excessive coaching. Fink never again reached the same level of success and was beaten in his first bout at the 1981 European Championships where Rybakov was again champion. Although they did not win medals in Moscow three boxers present went on to long and successful professional careers. Ireland’s Barry McGuigan, Antonio Esparragoza of Venezuela and Daniel Londas all held world titles during their careers.

1Rudi FinkGDRGold
2Adolfo HortaCUBSilver
=3Viktor RybakovURSBronze
=3Krzysztof KosedowskiPOLBronze
=5Luis PizarroPUR
=5Sidnei dal RovereBRA
=5Tsacho AndreykovskiBUL
=5Winfred KabundaZAM
=9Fitzroy BrownGUY
=9Titi CercelROU
=9Barry McGuiganIRL
=9Leoul NeeraioETH
=9Dejan MarovićYUG
=9Peter HanlonGBR
=9Barthelémy AdoukonuBEN
=9Carlos GonzálezMEX
=17Odd BengtssonSWE
=17Róbert GöncziHUN
=17Abílio CabralANG
=17Jean-Pierre Mbereke-BabanCMR
=17Narendra PomaNEP
=17Ramy ZialorSEY
=17Gu Yong-JoPRK
=17Miroslav ŠandorTCH
=17Antonio EsparragozaVEN
=17Takto Youtiya HomrasmyLAO
=17Isaack MabushiTAN
=17Esmail MohammadAFG
=17Ravsalyn OtgonbayarMGL
=17William AzanorNGR
=17Daniel LondasFRA
=17Anicet SamboMAD
=33Hannu KaislamaFIN
=33Nihal HaddadSYR
=33Ali Abdul Zhawa JawadIRQ

Round One (20 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Odd BengtssonSWE Bye
Match #2 Adolfo HortaCUB Bye
Match #3 Titi CercelROU Bye
Match #4 Róbert GöncziHUN Bye
Match #5 Fitzroy BrownGUY Bye
Match #6 Abílio CabralANG Bye
Match #7 Luis PizarroPUR Bye
Match #8 Jean-Pierre Mbereke-BabanCMR Bye
Match #9 Narendra PomaNEP Bye
Match #10 Sidnei dal RovereBRA Bye
Match #11 Leoul NeeraioETH Bye
Match #12 Ramy ZialorSEY Bye
Match #13 Gu Yong-JoPRK Bye
Match #14 Krzysztof KosedowskiPOL Bye
Match #15 Miroslav ŠandorTCH Bye
Match #16 Dejan MarovićYUG Bye
Match #17 Antonio EsparragozaVEN Bye
Match #18 Peter HanlonGBR Bye
Match #19 Viktor RybakovURS Bye
Match #20 Daniel LondasFRA Bye
Match #21 Anicet SamboMAD Bye
Match #22 Barthelémy AdoukonuBEN Bye
Match #23 William AzanorNGR Bye
Match #24 Tsacho AndreykovskiBUL Bye
Match #25 Winfred KabundaZAM Bye
Match #26 Takto Youtiya HomrasmyLAO Bye
Match #27 Barry McGuiganIRL Bye
Match #28 Isaack MabushiTAN Bye
Match #29 Esmail MohammadAFG Bye
Match #30 Rudi FinkGDR Hannu KaislamaFIN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #31 Carlos GonzálezMEX Nihal HaddadSYR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #32 Ravsalyn OtgonbayarMGL Ali Abdul Zhawa JawadIRQ Decision (4 - 1)

Round Two (24 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 Adolfo HortaCUB Odd BengtssonSWE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Titi CercelROU Róbert GöncziHUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Fitzroy BrownGUY Abílio CabralANG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Luis PizarroPUR Jean-Pierre Mbereke-BabanCMR Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 1:57)
Match #5 Sidnei dal RovereBRA Narendra PomaNEP Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:43)
Match #6 Leoul NeeraioETH Ramy ZialorSEY Decision (3 - 2)
Match #7 Krzysztof KosedowskiPOL Gu Yong-JoPRK Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Dejan MarovićYUG Miroslav ŠandorTCH Decision (5 - 0)
Match #9 Peter HanlonGBR Antonio EsparragozaVEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #10 Winfred KabundaZAM Takto Youtiya HomrasmyLAO Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:28)
Match #11 Barry McGuiganIRL Isaack MabushiTAN Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 0:58)
Match #12 Rudi FinkGDR Esmail MohammadAFG Knock Out (Round 1, 2:41)
Match #13 Carlos GonzálezMEX Ravsalyn OtgonbayarMGL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #14 Tsacho AndreykovskiBUL William AzanorNGR Knock Out (Round 1, 2:55)
Match #15 Viktor RybakovURS Daniel LondasFRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #16 Barthelémy AdoukonuBEN Anicet SamboMAD Disqualified (Round 2, 2:07)

Round Three (28 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Adolfo HortaCUB Titi CercelROU Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Luis PizarroPUR Fitzroy BrownGUY Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Sidnei dal RovereBRA Leoul NeeraioETH Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Krzysztof KosedowskiPOL Dejan MarovićYUG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Viktor RybakovURS Peter HanlonGBR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Tsacho AndreykovskiBUL Barthelémy AdoukonuBEN Knock Out (Round 2, 0:51)
Match #7 Winfred KabundaZAM Barry McGuiganIRL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #8 Rudi FinkGDR Carlos GonzálezMEX Knock Out (Round 1, 2:31)

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Adolfo HortaCUB Luis PizarroPUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Krzysztof KosedowskiPOL Sidnei dal RovereBRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Viktor RybakovURS Tsacho AndreykovskiBUL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Rudi FinkGDR Winfred KabundaZAM Decision (4 - 1)

Semi-Finals (31 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Adolfo HortaCUB Krzysztof KosedowskiPOL Walkover
Match #2 Rudi FinkGDR Viktor RybakovURS Decision (4 - 1)

Final Round (2 August 1980)

Match 1/2 Rudi FinkGDR Adolfo HortaCUB Decision (4 - 1)