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Light-Welterweight (≤63.5 kilograms), Men

Date21 July – 2 August 1980
LocationTsentralnaya arena, Sportivny kompleks Olimpiysky, Moskva
Participants30 from 30 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Of the 11 weight divisions contested at the 1980 Olympic Games 10 were won by boxers from communist countries. The one exception came at light-welterweight where Patrizio Oliva, the Italian champion from Napoli, emerged triumphant. Oliva’s major obstacle was Serik Konakbayev of the USSR who had defeated the Italian in the European Championship before travelling to the USA to win the 1979 World Cup. While Konakbayev had a trouble free progression through the rounds, Oliva was lucky to survive a meeting with Ace Rusevski of Yugoslavia in the last eight. With two judges splitting their votes, the Italian only progressed when the fifth judge, who had the fight even, gave him his preferential vote. Despite being roared on by a partisan Muscovite crowd, on this occasion Konakbayev was unable to figure out the awkward style of the Italian bank clerk. Oliva was declared champion on a 4-1 split decision of the judges with the dissenting vote coming from the Bulgarian judge. As the verdict was declared the Italian slumped to his knees and started weeping. He was awarded the Val Barker Trophy for best boxer of the tournament on the strength of his performances. Konabakyev continued his winning ways as an amateur and retained both his European and World Cup title. As Soviet champion he may well have been picked for the 1984 Olympic if not for the Communist boycott. Oliva, in contrast, began a professional career that was highlighted by both European and world title reigns.

1Patrizio OlivaITAGold
2Serik KonakbayevURSSilver
=3Tony WillisGBRBronze
=3José AguilarCUBBronze
=5José Ángel MolinaPUR
=5Farouk ChanchounIRQ
=5William LyimoTAN
=5Ace RusevskiYUG
=9John MundugaUGA
=9Ryu Bun-HwaPRK
=9Dietmar SchwarzGDR
=9Imre BácskaiHUN
=9Khastyn JamganMGL
=9Shadrach OdhiamboSWE
=9Boualem Bel AlouaneALG
=9Farez HalabiSYR
=17Jaime SodréBRA
=17Bogdan GajdaPOL
=17Barry CambridgeGUY
=17Margarit AtanasovBUL
=17M. KampanathLAO
=17Aurélien AgnanBEN
=17Nelson RodríguezVEN
=17Ayodele PetersNGR
=17Martin BreretonIRL
=17Bishnu MalakarNEP
=17Teddy MakofiZAM
=17Ebrahim SaideETH
=17Paul KamelaCMR
=17Simion CuțovROU

Round One (21 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Khastyn JamganMGL Bye
Match #2 William LyimoTAN Bye
Match #3 Tony WillisGBR Jaime SodréBRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Shadrach OdhiamboSWE Bogdan GajdaPOL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Boualem Bel AlouaneALG Barry CambridgeGUY Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Ace RusevskiYUG Margarit AtanasovBUL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #7 Patrizio OlivaITA Aurélien AgnanBEN Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:15)
Match #8 Farez HalabiSYR M. KampanathLAO Decision (3 - 2)
Match #9 John MundugaUGA Nelson RodríguezVEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #10 Farouk ChanchounIRQ Ayodele PetersNGR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #11 José AguilarCUB Martin BreretonIRL Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:13)
Match #12 Ryu Bun-HwaPRK Bishnu MalakarNEP Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:59)
Match #13 Dietmar SchwarzGDR Teddy MakofiZAM Decision (5 - 0)
Match #14 José Ángel MolinaPUR Ebrahim SaideETH Decision (5 - 0)
Match #15 Imre BácskaiHUN Paul KamelaCMR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #16 Serik KonakbayevURS Simion CuțovROU Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (26 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 William LyimoTAN Khastyn JamganMGL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Tony WillisGBR Shadrach OdhiamboSWE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Ace RusevskiYUG Boualem Bel AlouaneALG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Patrizio OlivaITA Farez HalabiSYR Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:36)
Match #5 Farouk ChanchounIRQ John MundugaUGA Knock Out (Round 1, 2:01)
Match #6 José AguilarCUB Ryu Bun-HwaPRK Decision (4 - 1)
Match #7 José Ángel MolinaPUR Dietmar SchwarzGDR Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:04)
Match #8 Serik KonakbayevURS Imre BácskaiHUN Retired (Round 2, 0:02)

Quarter-Finals (29 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Tony WillisGBR William LyimoTAN Knock Out (Round 3, 1:42)
Match #2 Patrizio OlivaITA Ace RusevskiYUG Decision (3 - 2)
Match #3 José AguilarCUB Farouk ChanchounIRQ Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 1:42)
Match #4 Serik KonakbayevURS José Ángel MolinaPUR Walkover

Semi-Finals (31 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Serik KonakbayevURS José AguilarCUB Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Patrizio OlivaITA Tony WillisGBR Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (2 August 1980)

Match 1/2 Patrizio OlivaITA Serik KonakbayevURS Decision (4 - 1)