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Light-Heavyweight (≤81 kilograms), Men

Date26 July – 2 August 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationTsentralnaya arena, Sportivny kompleks Olimpiysky, Moskva
Participants15 from 15 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

In the 1970s and 80s Yugoslavia looked to the light-heavyweight division of the boxing tournament with a sense of pride. Three times in four Olympic Games the Olympic title was won by a Yugoslav fighter. The second of the three titles came in Moscow by the hands of Slobodan Kačar, a Bosnian Serb who was following in the footsteps of his elder brother Tadija Kačar, who was a medalist in 1976. Kačar defeated the representatives of East Germany and the Soviet Union on his way to meet Poland’s Paweł Skrzecz in the final. The final between the Pole and the Yugoslav was a wild affair with both men little behind in the ring. Rounds one and two were close affairs but in the final minute of the last round Kačar’s flailing fists caught up to his opponent and the referee gave Skrzecz two standing counts in quick succession. This seemed enough to give Kačar the verdict and four of the five agreed with only the Australian judge dissenting. Kačar followed the trial of 1972 champion Mate Parlov and begin a professional career. Like Parlov he also had a brief reign as world light-heavyweight champion in the pro ranks.

PosBoxerNOC
1Slobodan KačarYUGGold
2Paweł SkrzeczPOLSilver
=3Herbert BauchGDRBronze
=3Ricardo RojasCUBBronze
=5Benny PikeAUS
=5Davit K'vach'adzeURS
=5Georgică DoniciROU
=5Michael MadsenDEN
=9Michael NassoroTAN
=9Andy StraughnGBR
=9Bozhidar IvanovBUL
=9Anaclet WambaCGO
=9Jean-Paul Nanga-NtsahCMR
=9Csaba KuzmaHUN
=9Ismail SalmanIRQ
DNSMohamed BouchicheALG

Round One (26 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Herbert BauchGDR Bozhidar IvanovBUL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Benny PikeAUS Anaclet WambaCGO Retired (Round 2, 2:10)
Match #3 Slobodan KačarYUG Michael NassoroTAN Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:01)
Match #4 Davit K'vach'adzeURS Andy StraughnGBR Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:51)
Match #5 Paweł SkrzeczPOL Mohamed BouchicheALG Walkover
Match #6 Georgică DoniciROU Jean-Paul Nanga-NtsahCMR Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:05)
Match #7 Michael MadsenDEN Csaba KuzmaHUN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #8 Ricardo RojasCUB Ismail SalmanIRQ Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (29 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Herbert BauchGDR Benny PikeAUS Knock Out (Round 2, 2:49)
Match #2 Slobodan KačarYUG Davit K'vach'adzeURS Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Paweł SkrzeczPOL Georgică DoniciROU Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Ricardo RojasCUB Michael MadsenDEN Decision (4 - 1)

Semi-Finals (31 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Slobodan KačarYUG Herbert BauchGDR Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:55)
Match #2 Paweł SkrzeczPOL Ricardo RojasCUB Decision (3 - 2)

Final Round (2 August 1980)

Match 1/2 Slobodan KačarYUG Paweł SkrzeczPOL Decision (4 - 1)