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Light-Middleweight (≤71 kilograms), Men

Date23 July – 2 August 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationTsentralnaya arena, Sportivny kompleks Olimpiysky, Moskva
Participants23 from 23 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

At only 18 years of age light-middleweight Armando Martínez was the baby of the Cuban team but Martínez had already made a big impression when he toured Eastern Europe in early 1980 and racked up an impressive run of victories against some the region’s best fighters. The teenager became Olympic champion by beating Aleksandr Koshkin of the USSR in the final. Koshkin took standing counts in both the first and last rounds and lost on a 4-1 judges’ decision. The fact that the Polish judge voted for the Soviet brought allegations of collusion between Eastern European countries – even against a fellow Communist country like Cuba. Martínez added the world amateur title in 1982 but injuries hampered his career from then onwards and he retired at an early age.

PosBoxerNOC
1Armando MartínezCUBGold
2Aleksandr KoshkinURSSilver
=3Ján FranekTCHBronze
=3Detlef KästnerGDRBronze
=5Wilson KaomaZAM
=5Leonidas NjunwaTAN
=5Nicky WilshireGBR
=5Chiquinho de JesusBRA
=9Salah Jassim BedenIRQ
=9Imad IdrissSYR
=9Adeoye AdetunjiNGR
=9Jackson RiveraVEN
=9Zhelyo StefanovBUL
=9George KabutoUGA
=9Leo VainonenSWE
=9Miodrag PerunovićYUG
=17Roger HouangniBEN
=17Mohamed HalibiLBN
=17Benedetto GravinaITA
=17Zygmunt GosiewskiPOL
=17Seifu RettaETH
=17Marcel SîrbaROU
=17Mbemba CamaraGUI

Round One (23 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Leonidas NjunwaTAN Bye
Match #2 Imad IdrissSYR Bye
Match #3 Adeoye AdetunjiNGR Bye
Match #4 Detlef KästnerGDR Bye
Match #5 Aleksandr KoshkinURS Bye
Match #6 Salah Jassim BedenIRQ Bye
Match #7 Nicky WilshireGBR Bye
Match #8 Miodrag PerunovićYUG Bye
Match #9 Wilson KaomaZAM Bye
Match #10 Jackson RiveraVEN Roger HouangniBEN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #11 Zhelyo StefanovBUL Mohamed HalibiLBN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #12 Ján FranekTCH Benedetto GravinaITA Knock Out (Round 2, 1:44)
Match #13 George KabutoUGA Seifu RettaETH Decision (5 - 0)
Match #14 Armando MartínezCUB Zygmunt GosiewskiPOL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #15 Leo VainonenSWE Marcel SîrbaROU Decision (3 - 2)
Match #16 Chiquinho de JesusBRA Mbemba CamaraGUI Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (28 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Leonidas NjunwaTAN Imad IdrissSYR Disqualified (Round 3, 2:58)
Match #2 Detlef KästnerGDR Adeoye AdetunjiNGR Knock Out (Round 3, 1:23)
Match #3 Aleksandr KoshkinURS Salah Jassim BedenIRQ Knock Out (Round 1, 2:38)
Match #4 Nicky WilshireGBR Miodrag PerunovićYUG Decision (3 - 2)
Match #5 Wilson KaomaZAM Jackson RiveraVEN Disqualified (Round 2, 2:22)
Match #6 Ján FranekTCH Zhelyo StefanovBUL Disqualified (Round 3, 2:24)
Match #7 Armando MartínezCUB George KabutoUGA Knock Out (Round 1, 2:20)
Match #8 Chiquinho de JesusBRA Leo VainonenSWE Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Detlef KästnerGDR Leonidas NjunwaTAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Aleksandr KoshkinURS Nicky WilshireGBR Knock Out (Round 2, 2:56)
Match #3 Ján FranekTCH Wilson KaomaZAM Knock Out (Round 2, 2:15)
Match #4 Armando MartínezCUB Chiquinho de JesusBRA Decision (5 - 0)

Semi-Finals (31 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Aleksandr KoshkinURS Detlef KästnerGDR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Armando MartínezCUB Ján FranekTCH Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:56)

Final Round (2 August 1980)

Match 1/2 Armando MartínezCUB Aleksandr KoshkinURS Decision (4 - 1)