| Event type

Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Men

Date18 September – 2 October 1988
LocationJam-sil Hak-saeng Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants48 from 48 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The obvious favourite for the Olympic title was the American Kelcie Banks. As both World and Pan-American champion he arrived as probably the biggest certainty for gold in the entire tournament. As such it came as a massive shock when his Olympic campaign failed to last past the three minute mark of his first contest. Banks was dealing comfortably with Dutch fighter Regilio Tuur when Tuur suddenly exploded a right hook onto his temple. He was knocked spark out and the referee ended the contest without even beginning to count.

The man who gained from Banks’ demise was the Italian Giovanni Parisi. Parisi took the Olympic gold medal with an series of fine displays that culminated when he landed a big left hook on the jaw of Daniel Dumitrescu which separated the Romanian from his senses and led to him being counted out halfway through the first round of the final. Parisi later turned professional and held world titles at both lightweight and light-welterweight during the mid-nineties. Tuur also became a world professional champion.

One of the most unfortunate boxers of the Games was Canadian Jamie Pagendam. He lost his second round fight with the Mongolian Tserendorjiin Amarjargal when the referee stopped the fight when Pagendam was hurt in the final round. The result was then overturned in the Canadian’s favour because the referee had overlooked the fact that Amarjargal had received three standing eight counts in the second round which, by the rules, should have meant Pagendam was awarded the victory. Pagendam was still not allowed to continue.

1Giovanni ParisiITAGold
2Daniel DumitrescuROUSilver
=3Abdel Hak AchikMARBronze
=3Lee Jae-HyeokKORBronze
=5Liu DongCHN
=5Ya'acov ShmuelISR
=5Regilio TuurNED
=5Tomasz NowakPOL
=9Omar CataríVEN
=9Serge BouembaGAB
=9Mekhak GhazaryanURS
=9Richard PittmanCOK
=9Wanchai PongsriTHA
=9Dave AndersonGBR
=9Andre SeymourBAH
=9Kirkor KirkorovBUL
=17Frank AvelarESA
=17Moussa KagambegaBUR
=17John FrancisIND
=17Ilham LahiaINA
=17Ljubiša SimićYUG
=17Lu Chih-HsiungTPE
=17John MironaSUD
=17Dumsane MabuzaSWZ
=17Wataru YamadaJPN
=17Esteban FloresPUR
=17John WanjauKEN
=17Paul FitzgeraldIRL
=17Ulaipalota TauatamaSAM
=17Jarmo EskelinenFIN
=17Jamie PagendamCAN
=17Darrell HilesAUS
=33Bakary FofanaCIV
=33Anthony KonyegwachieNGR
=33Patrick MwambaZAM
=33Ali Mohamed JafferYMD
=33László SzőkeHUN
=33Kelcie BanksUSA
=33Domingo DamigellaARG
=33Emilio VillegasDOM
=33Evance MalengaMAW
=33Djingarey MamoudouNIG
=33Orlando DollentePHI
=33Serigne FallGUI
=33Tserendorjiin AmarjargalMGL
=33Diego DrummGDR
=33Ali ÇelikizTUR
=33Miguel Ángel GonzálezMEX

Round One (18 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Frank AvelarESA Bye
Match #2 Abdel Hak AchikMAR Bye
Match #3 Moussa KagambegaBUR Bye
Match #4 Omar CataríVEN Bye
Match #5 John FrancisIND Bye
Match #6 Liu DongCHN Bye
Match #7 Ilham LahiaINA Bye
Match #8 Serge BouembaGAB Bye
Match #9 Mekhak GhazaryanURS Bye
Match #10 Ljubiša SimićYUG Bye
Match #11 Giovanni ParisiITA Bye
Match #12 Lu Chih-HsiungTPE Bye
Match #13 Ya'acov ShmuelISR Bye
Match #14 John MironaSUD Bye
Match #15 Richard PittmanCOK Bye
Match #16 Dumsane MabuzaSWZ Bye
Match #17 Wataru YamadaJPN Bakary FofanaCIV Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 1, 1:06)
Match #18 Daniel DumitrescuROU Anthony KonyegwachieNGR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #19 Esteban FloresPUR Patrick MwambaZAM Decision (4 - 1)
Match #20 Wanchai PongsriTHA Ali Mohamed JafferYMD Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 1, 2:13)
Match #21 John WanjauKEN László SzőkeHUN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #22 Regilio TuurNED Kelcie BanksUSA Knock Out (Round 1, 1:50)
Match #23 Dave AndersonGBR Domingo DamigellaARG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #24 Paul FitzgeraldIRL Emilio VillegasDOM Decision (4 - 1)
Match #25 Ulaipalota TauatamaSAM Evance MalengaMAW Decision (5 - 0)
Match #26 Tomasz NowakPOL Djingarey MamoudouNIG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #27 1 Andre SeymourBAH Orlando DollentePHI 2Disqualified (Round 2, 2:47)
Match #28 Jarmo EskelinenFIN Serigne FallGUI Decision (5 - 0)
Match #29 Jamie PagendamCAN Tserendorjiin AmarjargalMGL Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 0:46)
Match #30 Kirkor KirkorovBUL Diego DrummGDR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #31 Darrell HilesAUS Ali ÇelikizTUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #32 Lee Jae-HyeokKOR Miguel Ángel GonzálezMEX Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (22 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 Abdel Hak AchikMAR Frank AvelarESA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Omar CataríVEN Moussa KagambegaBUR Knock Out (Round 1, 2:05)
Match #3 Liu DongCHN John FrancisIND Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Serge BouembaGAB Ilham LahiaINA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Mekhak GhazaryanURS Ljubiša SimićYUG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Giovanni ParisiITA Lu Chih-HsiungTPE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Ya'acov ShmuelISR John MironaSUD Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:15)
Match #8 Richard PittmanCOK Dumsane MabuzaSWZ Decision (4 - 1)
Match #9 Daniel DumitrescuROU Wataru YamadaJPN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #10 Wanchai PongsriTHA Esteban FloresPUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #11 Regilio TuurNED John WanjauKEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #12 Dave AndersonGBR Paul FitzgeraldIRL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Tomasz NowakPOL Ulaipalota TauatamaSAM Walkover
Match #14 Andre SeymourBAH Jarmo EskelinenFIN Walkover
Match #15 Kirkor KirkorovBUL Jamie PagendamCAN Walkover
Match #16 Lee Jae-HyeokKOR Darrell HilesAUS Decision (5 - 0)

Round Three (26 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Abdel Hak AchikMAR Omar CataríVEN Knock Out (Round 1, 3:00)
Match #2 Liu DongCHN Serge BouembaGAB Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Giovanni ParisiITA Mekhak GhazaryanURS Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:27)
Match #4 Ya'acov ShmuelISR Richard PittmanCOK Decision (5 - 0)
Match #5 Daniel DumitrescuROU Wanchai PongsriTHA Decision (3 - 2)
Match #6 Regilio TuurNED Dave AndersonGBR Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 2, 1:02)
Match #7 Tomasz NowakPOL Andre SeymourBAH Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Lee Jae-HyeokKOR Kirkor KirkorovBUL Decision (3 - 2)

Quarter-Finals (28 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Abdel Hak AchikMAR Liu DongCHN Knock Out (Round 1, 2:18)
Match #2 Giovanni ParisiITA Ya'acov ShmuelISR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Daniel DumitrescuROU Regilio TuurNED Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Lee Jae-HyeokKOR Tomasz NowakPOL Decision (5 - 0)

Semi-Finals (29 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Giovanni ParisiITA Abdel Hak AchikMAR Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 1, 1:55)
Match #2 Daniel DumitrescuROU Lee Jae-HyeokKOR Decision (5 - 0)

Final Round (2 October 1988)

Match 1/2 Giovanni ParisiITA Daniel DumitrescuROU Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:41)