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Lightweight (≤60 kilograms), Men

Date29 July – 11 August 1984 — 11:00-14:00-18:00-21:30 (all days)
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Participants40 from 40 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was runner-up at the 1982 World Championships to Cuban Ángel Herrera, the 1980 Olympic gold medalist. Herrera turned the tables at the 1983 Pan American Games, defeating Whitaker in the final. They should have been co-favorites in this class but Herrera could not compete because Cuba joined the Soviet-led boycott, leaving it open for Whitaker. He came through, winning four unanimous decisions to make it to the final against Puerto Rico’s Luis Ortíz. Ortíz almost lasted two rounds, but received a standing eight-count with only three seconds left in round two, and his handlers threw in the towel, giving Whitaker the gold medal. It was another of many titles for Pernell Whitaker. After turning professional, he won world titles in the lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight divisions, also holding titles from all the major professional federations. He fought through 1997, coming back briefly in 1999 and 2001, ending with a career record of 40 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw. In 2002, The Ring magazine ranked him #10 among the Top 100 Fighters of the Past 80 Years.

PosBoxerNOC
1Pernell WhitakerUSAGold
2Luis OrtizPURSilver
=3Martin N'Dongo EbangaCMRBronze
=3Jeon Chil-SeongKORBronze
=5José Antonio HernandoESP
=5Fahri SümerTUR
=5Reiner GiesFRG
=5Leopoldo CantancioPHI
=9Douglas OdameGHA
=9Alex DicksonGBR
=9Gordon CarewGUY
=9Jaineck ChinyantaZAM
=9Geofrey NyekoUGA
=9John KalbhennCAN
=9Christopher OssaiNGR
=9Renato CornettAUS
=17Jean-Claude LabonteSEY
=17Dieudonné KossiCAF
=17Buala SasakulTHA
=17Desiré OlloGAB
=17André Kimbu MbomaCOD
=17Shadrach OdhiamboSWE
=17Bakary FofanaCIV
=17Emrol PhillipGRN
=17Ama SodogahTOG
=17Omar MéndezNCA
=17Samir KhenyabIRQ
=17Milson RandrianasoloMAD
=17Ángel BeltréDOM
=17Asif DarPAK
=17Slobodan PavlovićYUG
=17Hernán GutiérrezCOL
=33Latt ZawMYA
=33Dalbahadur RanamagarNEP
=33Solomon KondoweMAW
=33Shlomo NiazovISR
=33Patrick WaweruKEN
=33Luciano SolísMEX
=33Viorel IoanaROU
=33Mustapha FadliMAR

Round One (29 July 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Jean-Claude LabonteSEY Bye
Match #2 José Antonio HernandoESP Bye
Match #3 Douglas OdameGHA Bye
Match #4 Dieudonné KossiCAF Bye
Match #5 Luis OrtizPUR Bye
Match #6 Buala SasakulTHA Bye
Match #7 Desiré OlloGAB Bye
Match #8 Alex DicksonGBR Bye
Match #9 André Kimbu MbomaCOD Bye
Match #10 Gordon CarewGUY Bye
Match #11 Martin N'Dongo EbangaCMR Bye
Match #12 Shadrach OdhiamboSWE Bye
Match #13 Fahri SümerTUR Bye
Match #14 Bakary FofanaCIV Bye
Match #15 Jaineck ChinyantaZAM Bye
Match #16 Emrol PhillipGRN Bye
Match #17 Ama SodogahTOG Bye
Match #18 Geofrey NyekoUGA Bye
Match #19 Omar MéndezNCA Bye
Match #20 Pernell WhitakerUSA Bye
Match #21 Reiner GiesFRG Bye
Match #22 Samir KhenyabIRQ Bye
Match #23 Milson RandrianasoloMAD Bye
Match #24 John KalbhennCAN Bye
Match #25 Christopher OssaiNGR Latt ZawMYA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #26 Ángel BeltréDOM Dalbahadur RanamagarNEP Decision (5 - 0)
Match #27 Leopoldo CantancioPHI Solomon KondoweMAW Decision (5 - 0)
Match #28 Asif DarPAK Shlomo NiazovISR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #29 Jeon Chil-SeongKOR Patrick WaweruKEN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #30 Slobodan PavlovićYUG Luciano SolísMEX Decision (3 - 2)
Match #31 Renato CornettAUS Viorel IoanaROU Decision (4 - 1)
Match #32 Hernán GutiérrezCOL Mustapha FadliMAR Decision (4 - 1)

Round Two (3 August 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 José Antonio HernandoESP Jean-Claude LabonteSEY Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Douglas OdameGHA Dieudonné KossiCAF Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 2:22)
Match #3 Luis OrtizPUR Buala SasakulTHA Knock Out (Round 2, 2:02)
Match #4 Alex DicksonGBR Desiré OlloGAB Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Gordon CarewGUY André Kimbu MbomaCOD Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Martin N'Dongo EbangaCMR Shadrach OdhiamboSWE Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:35)
Match #7 Fahri SümerTUR Bakary FofanaCIV Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Jaineck ChinyantaZAM Emrol PhillipGRN Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:03)
Match #9 Geofrey NyekoUGA Ama SodogahTOG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #10 Pernell WhitakerUSA Omar MéndezNCA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #11 Reiner GiesFRG Samir KhenyabIRQ Decision (4 - 1)
Match #12 John KalbhennCAN Milson RandrianasoloMAD Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:47)
Match #13 Christopher OssaiNGR Ángel BeltréDOM Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:52)
Match #14 Leopoldo CantancioPHI Asif DarPAK Decision (5 - 0)
Match #15 Jeon Chil-SeongKOR Slobodan PavlovićYUG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #16 Renato CornettAUS Hernán GutiérrezCOL Decision (5 - 0)

Round Three (5 August 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 José Antonio HernandoESP Douglas OdameGHA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Luis OrtizPUR Alex DicksonGBR Knock Out (Round 2, 0:35)
Match #3 Martin N'Dongo EbangaCMR Gordon CarewGUY Knock Out (Round 2, 2:16)
Match #4 Fahri SümerTUR Jaineck ChinyantaZAM Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Pernell WhitakerUSA Geofrey NyekoUGA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Reiner GiesFRG John KalbhennCAN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 1 Leopoldo CantancioPHI 2Christopher OssaiNGR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 3 Jeon Chil-SeongKOR 4Renato CornettAUS Decision (4 - 1)

Quarter-Finals (7 August 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Luis OrtizPUR José Antonio HernandoESP Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Martin N'Dongo EbangaCMR Fahri SümerTUR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Pernell WhitakerUSA Reiner GiesFRG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Jeon Chil-SeongKOR Leopoldo CantancioPHI Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 1:05)

Semi-Finals (9 August 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Luis OrtizPUR Martin N'Dongo EbangaCMR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Pernell WhitakerUSA Jeon Chil-SeongKOR Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (11 August 1984)

Match 1/2 Pernell WhitakerUSA Luis OrtizPUR Retired (Round 2, 2:57)