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Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Men

Date20 September – 1 October 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationJam-sil Hak-saeng Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants44 from 44 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

As one of the few non-Cubans who had won gold at the 1986 World Championships, America’s Kenny Gould had every reason to be the gold medal favourite in Seoul. His performances in the early rounds did little to dent American enthusiasm and when France’s Laurent Boudouani upset Song Gyeong-Seop of Korea it appeared Gould would advance to the final comfortably when the two met in the semi-final. Boudouani had other ideas and, being the bigger man, bullied the more skillful American around the ring to take the decision.

Opposing the Frenchman in the final was Robert Wangila, the African champion from Kenya. Wangila was the complete antithesis of Gould - a powerful built fighter with a massive punch. After some initial sparring the Kenyan connected with Boudouani’s jaw on the two minute mark and sent him sprawling to the canvas. The Frenchman saw out the round and another big punch knocked him down again in round two and the referee stepped in to save further punishment. As of 2012 Wangila remains the only Kenyan to have won an Olympic title outside track & field athletics.

Both finalists launched professional careers albeit with very different outcomes. Wangila based himself in Las Vegas and had won 22 of his 26 bouts when he faced David Gonzales in July 1994. After being stopped in the seventh round of a brutal fight he collapsed in his dressing room and slipped into a coma. He never regained consciousness and died three days later. His body was returned but an argument between his wife and parents over whether he had converted from Christianity to Islam delayed his funeral until a court rendered its’ verdict. Two years after Wangila’s death Boudouani began a reign as the WBA light middleweight champion.

PosBoxerNOC
1Robert WangilaKENGold
2Laurent BoudouaniFRASilver
=3Jan DydakPOLBronze
=3Kenny GouldUSABronze
=5Adewale AdegbusiNGR
=5Hristo FurnigovBUL
=5Song Gyeong-SeopKOR
=5Joni NymanFIN
=9Javier MartínezESP
=9Humberto ArandaCRC
=9Abdoukerim HamidouTOG
=9Khaidavyn GantulgaMGL
=9Darren ObahAUS
=9Siegfried MehnertGDR
=9Maselino MasoeASA
=9Dimus ChisalaZAM
=17Daryl JosephANT
=17Lucas SinoiaMOZ
=17José GarcíaVEN
=17Asomua NaeaSAM
=17Francisc VaștagROU
=17Gregory GriffithBAR
=17Đorđe PetronijevićYUG
=17Richard HamiltonJAM
=17Imre BácskaiHUN
=17Abdullah Salim Al-BarwaniOMA
=17Alexander KünzlerFRG
=17Abdellah TaouaneMAR
=17Fidèle MohingaCAF
=17Alfred AnkamahGHA
=17Sören AntmanSWE
=17Vladimir YereshchenkoURS
=33Kasmiro OmonaUGA
=33Billy WalshIRL
=33Đỗ Tiến TuấnVIE
=33Lionel OrtizPUR
=33Adão N'ZuziANG
=33Pedro FríasDOM
=33Boston SimbeyeMAW
=33Joseph MarwaTAN
=33Isimeli LesivakaruaFIJ
=33Manny SobralCAN
=33Yoshiaki TakahashiJPN
=33Wanderley OliveiraBRA

Round One (20 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Adewale AdegbusiNGR Bye
Match #2 Daryl JosephANT Bye
Match #3 Javier MartínezESP Bye
Match #4 Lucas SinoiaMOZ Bye
Match #5 Jan DydakPOL Bye
Match #6 José GarcíaVEN Bye
Match #7 Asomua NaeaSAM Bye
Match #8 Humberto ArandaCRC Bye
Match #9 Abdoukerim HamidouTOG Bye
Match #10 Francisc VaștagROU Bye
Match #11 Hristo FurnigovBUL Bye
Match #12 Gregory GriffithBAR Bye
Match #13 Đorđe PetronijevićYUG Bye
Match #14 Robert WangilaKEN Bye
Match #15 Khaidavyn GantulgaMGL Bye
Match #16 Richard HamiltonJAM Bye
Match #17 Imre BácskaiHUN Bye
Match #18 Laurent BoudouaniFRA Bye
Match #19 Darren ObahAUS Bye
Match #20 Abdullah Salim Al-BarwaniOMA Bye
Match #21 Alexander KünzlerFRG Kasmiro OmonaUGA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #22 Song Gyeong-SeopKOR Billy WalshIRL Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 2, 2:59)
Match #23 Abdellah TaouaneMAR Đỗ Tiến TuấnVIE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #24 Siegfried MehnertGDR Lionel OrtizPUR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #25 Fidèle MohingaCAF Adão N'ZuziANG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #26 Maselino MasoeASA Pedro FríasDOM Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 3:00)
Match #27 Alfred AnkamahGHA Boston SimbeyeMAW Knock Out (Round 1, 1:15)
Match #28 Kenny GouldUSA Joseph MarwaTAN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #29 Sören AntmanSWE Isimeli LesivakaruaFIJ Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:59)
Match #30 Joni NymanFIN Manny SobralCAN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #31 Vladimir YereshchenkoURS Yoshiaki TakahashiJPN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #32 Dimus ChisalaZAM Wanderley OliveiraBRA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:04)

Round Two (24 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the third round.

Match #1 Adewale AdegbusiNGR Daryl JosephANT Knock Out (Round 1, 0:49)
Match #2 Javier MartínezESP Lucas SinoiaMOZ Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Jan DydakPOL José GarcíaVEN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Humberto ArandaCRC Asomua NaeaSAM Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:34)
Match #5 Abdoukerim HamidouTOG Francisc VaștagROU Disqualified (Round 3, 2:23)
Match #6 Hristo FurnigovBUL Gregory GriffithBAR Knock Out (Round 1, 2:25)
Match #7 Robert WangilaKEN Đorđe PetronijevićYUG Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:31)
Match #8 Khaidavyn GantulgaMGL Richard HamiltonJAM Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:22)
Match #9 Laurent BoudouaniFRA Imre BácskaiHUN Decision (4 - 1)
Match #10 Darren ObahAUS Abdullah Salim Al-BarwaniOMA Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 3, 1:28)
Match #11 Song Gyeong-SeopKOR Alexander KünzlerFRG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #12 Siegfried MehnertGDR Abdellah TaouaneMAR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Maselino MasoeASA Fidèle MohingaCAF Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:31)
Match #14 Kenny GouldUSA Alfred AnkamahGHA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #15 Joni NymanFIN Sören AntmanSWE Decision (5 - 0)
Match #16 Dimus ChisalaZAM Vladimir YereshchenkoURS Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 3, 0:41)

Round Three (26 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Adewale AdegbusiNGR Javier MartínezESP Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Jan DydakPOL Humberto ArandaCRC Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Hristo FurnigovBUL Abdoukerim HamidouTOG Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Robert WangilaKEN Khaidavyn GantulgaMGL Retired (Round 2, 0:03)
Match #5 Laurent BoudouaniFRA Darren ObahAUS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Song Gyeong-SeopKOR Siegfried MehnertGDR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #7 Kenny GouldUSA Maselino MasoeASA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Joni NymanFIN Dimus ChisalaZAM Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (28 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Jan DydakPOL Adewale AdegbusiNGR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Robert WangilaKEN Hristo FurnigovBUL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Laurent BoudouaniFRA Song Gyeong-SeopKOR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #4 Kenny GouldUSA Joni NymanFIN Decision (5 - 0)

Semi-Finals (29 September 1988)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 1 Robert WangilaKEN Jan DydakPOL 2Walkover
Match #2 Laurent BoudouaniFRA Kenny GouldUSA Decision (4 - 1)

Final Round (1 October 1988)

Match 1/2 Robert WangilaKEN Laurent BoudouaniFRA Knock Out (Round 2, 0:44)