| Event type

Heavyweight (≤91 kilograms), Men

Date31 July – 11 August 1984 — 11:00-14:00-18:00-21:30 (all days)
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Participants19 from 19 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

All the medalists at the 1982 World Championships were from Soviet-bloc or Communist countries, so none of them were in Los Angeles, because of the Soviet-led boycott. The 1983 Pan American Games final had come down to Cuba’s Aurelio Toya defeating American Henry Tillman. Tillman made the 1984 US Olympic team, but he had to twice defeat the young amateur, Mike Tyson. In Los Angeles, Tillman made it to the final, facing Canadian Willie deWit, the 1982 Commonwealth Games gold medalist who had beaten Tillman twice before. In the final, Tillman won a unanimous decision to earn the gold medal. Tillman won something else in Los Angeles. He met Gina Hemphill, the granddaughter of Jesse Owens, who had carried the torch in to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at the Opening Ceremony, and they fell in love and later married. After the Olympics Tillman turned professional but with less success than many of the 1984 gold medalists. He retired in 1992 with a career mark of 25 wins and 6 losses. DeWit also turned professional, winning 21 bouts, losing 1 and drawing 1. He became Canadian heavyweight champion, but never fought for a world title. He retired in late March 1988, winning his last bout in a 10-round decision, … over Henry Tillman.

1Henry TillmanUSAGold
2Willie deWitCANSilver
=3Angelo MusoneITABronze
=3Arnold VanderlijdeNEDBronze
=5Georgios StefanopoulosGRE
=5Dodovic OwinyUGA
=5Tevita Taufo'ouTGA
=5Håkan BrockSWE
=9Doug YoungGBR
=9Egerton ForsterSLE
=9Mohamed BouchicheALG
=9Michael KennyNZL
=9Kaliq SinghIND
=9Loi FaaeteeteSAM
=9Alex StewartJAM
=16Magne HavnåNOR
=16Virgilio FriasDOM
=16Naasan AjjoubSYR
=16James OmondiKEN

Round One (31 July 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Doug YoungGBR Bye
Match #2 Georgios StefanopoulosGRE Bye
Match #3 Arnold VanderlijdeNED Bye
Match #4 Egerton ForsterSLE Bye
Match #5 Mohamed BouchicheALG Bye
Match #6 Willie deWitCAN Bye
Match #7 Dodovic OwinyUGA Bye
Match #8 Michael KennyNZL Bye
Match #9 Henry TillmanUSA Bye
Match #10 Loi FaaeteeteSAM Bye
Match #11 Tevita Taufo'ouTGA Bye
Match #12 Håkan BrockSWE Magne HavnåNOR Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 2:15)
Match #13 Alex StewartJAM Virgilio FriasDOM Knock Out (Round 2, 2:15)
Match #14 Kaliq SinghIND Naasan AjjoubSYR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #15 Angelo MusoneITA James OmondiKEN Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (6 August 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Georgios StefanopoulosGRE Doug YoungGBR Knock Out (Round 2, 2:59)
Match #2 Arnold VanderlijdeNED Egerton ForsterSLE Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Willie deWitCAN Mohamed BouchicheALG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Dodovic OwinyUGA Michael KennyNZL Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:24)
Match #5 Henry TillmanUSA Kaliq SinghIND Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:46)
Match #6 Tevita Taufo'ouTGA Loi FaaeteeteSAM Decision (4 - 1)
Match #7 Håkan BrockSWE Alex StewartJAM Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Angelo MusoneITA Bye

Quarter-Finals (8 August 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Arnold VanderlijdeNED Georgios StefanopoulosGRE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Willie deWitCAN Dodovic OwinyUGA Knock Out (Round 1, 2:56)
Match #3 Henry TillmanUSA Tevita Taufo'ouTGA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:59)
Match #4 Angelo MusoneITA Håkan BrockSWE Decision (5 - 0)

Semi-Finals (9 August 1984)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Willie deWitCAN Arnold VanderlijdeNED Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Henry TillmanUSA Angelo MusoneITA Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (11 August 1984)

Match 1/2 Henry TillmanUSA Willie deWitCAN Decision (5 - 0)