|Date||20 September – 2 October 1988|
|Location||Jam-sil Hak-saeng Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul|
|Participants||36 from 36 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament.|
Before the events of the final there had already been some controversy concerning the progress of South Korea’s Park Si-Heon into the final. Park had already been lucky to avoid disqualification in his opening bout against Abdullah Ramadan of Sudan before he began a run of three close and controversial points decisions. In particular his quarter-final victory against Italy’s Vincenzo Nardiello drew criticism as most impartial observers believed the Italian was a deserving winner.
In contrast [Roy Jones, Jr.] had strolled past his opposition with a knockout and three decisive points decisions. His showboating style may have given offence for its’ supposed lack of respect for his opponents but none could deny his talent.
For the three rounds of the final, Jones appeared in complete control and most observers viewed the fight as a complete shutout for the American. The computer punch count recorded that Jones had landed nearly three times as many punches as Park (86-32). When the result was announced it was revealed that the Soviet and Hungarian judges had awarded the fight to Jones by four point margins but the other three had voted for the Korean. The decision was widely condemned as one of the worst in Olympic history and directly led to the introduction of electronic punch counters at the 1992 Olympic Games.
In 1997 the International Amateur Boxing Federation presented the IOC with information concerning allegations that some of the judges had received bribes at the 1988 Olympics. The IOC concluded that the charges were not proven. Unusually for a non-Olympic champion, Jones was awarded the Val Barker Trophy for best boxer of the Games.
Jones used the publicity gained in Seoul to start a lucrative career in the professional and emerged as one of the greatest boxers of the end of the 20th century. He won world titles at four different weights and became the first man for more than a century to win the world championship at middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight.
|2||Roy Jones, Jr.||USA||Silver|
|=9||Apolinário de Silveira||ANG|
|=9||Abrar Hussain Syed||PAK|
|=17||John Boscoe Waigo||UGA|
|=17||Johnny de Lima||DEN|
|=32||Jorge Óscar López||ARG|
Winner of each match advanced to the second round.
|Match #1||Charles Mahlalela||SWZ||Bye|
|Match #2||Peter Silva||BRA||Bye|
|Match #3||Rey Rivera||PUR||Bye|
|Match #4||George Allison||GUY||Bye|
|Match #5||Richie Woodhall||GBR||Bye|
|Match #6||Desmond Williams||SLE||Bye|
|Match #7||Mohamad Orungi||KEN||Bye|
|Match #8||Apolinário de Silveira||ANG||Bye|
|Match #9||Michal Franek||TCH||Bye|
|Match #10||Isaac Iapatu||VAN||Bye|
|Match #11||M'tendere Makalamba||MAW||Bye|
|Match #12||Roy Jones, Jr.||USA||Bye|
|Match #13||Yevgeny Zaytsev||URS||Bye|
|Match #14||Gary Smikle||JAM||Bye|
|Match #15||John Boscoe Waigo||UGA||Bye|
|Match #16||Sounaila Sagnon||BUR||Bye|
|Match #17||Abdullah Ramadan||SUD||Bye|
|Match #18||Park Si-Heon||KOR||Bye|
|Match #19||Torsten Schmitz||GDR||Bye|
|Match #20||Angel Stoyanov||BUL||Bye|
|Match #21||Johnny de Lima||DEN||Bye|
|Match #22||Quinn Paynter||BER||Bye|
|Match #23||Vincenzo Nardiello||ITA||Bye|
|Match #24||Likou Aliu||SAM||Bye|
|Match #25||Ncholu Monontsi||LES||Bye|
|Match #26||Martin Kitel||SWE||Bye|
|Match #27||Wabanko Banko||COD||Bye|
|Match #28||Laurensio Mercado||ECU||Emmanuel Quaye||GHA||Knock Out (Round 3, 1:49)|
|Match #29||Ray Downey||CAN||Jorge Óscar López||ARG||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #30||Norbert Nieroba||FRG||Garth Felix||GRN||Knock Out (Round 1, 2:27)|
|Match #31||Abrar Hussain Syed||PAK||Noureddine Meziane||ALG||Knock Out (Round 2, 1:47)|
|Match #32||François Mayo||CMR||Moussa Wiawindi||CAF||Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:56)|
Winner of each match advanced to the third round.
|Match #1||Peter Silva||BRA||Charles Mahlalela||SWZ||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #2||Rey Rivera||PUR||George Allison||GUY||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #3||Richie Woodhall||GBR||Desmond Williams||SLE||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #4||Apolinário de Silveira||ANG||Mohamad Orungi||KEN||Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 1:33)|
|Match #5 1||Michal Franek||TCH 2||François Mayo||CMR||Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 1:46)|
|Match #6||Roy Jones, Jr.||USA||M'tendere Makalamba||MAW||Knock Out (Round 1, 1:44)|
|Match #7||Yevgeny Zaytsev||URS||Gary Smikle||JAM||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #8||Sounaila Sagnon||BUR||John Boscoe Waigo||UGA||Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:51)|
|Match #9||Park Si-Heon||KOR||Abdullah Ramadan||SUD||Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 2, 2:15)|
|Match #10||Torsten Schmitz||GDR||Angel Stoyanov||BUL||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #11||Quinn Paynter||BER||Johnny de Lima||DEN||Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 3, 1:31)|
|Match #12||Vincenzo Nardiello||ITA||Likou Aliu||SAM||Knock Out (Round 3, 1:37)|
|Match #13||Martin Kitel||SWE||Ncholu Monontsi||LES||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #14||Laurensio Mercado||ECU||Wabanko Banko||COD||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #15 3||Ray Downey||CAN 4||Norbert Nieroba||FRG||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #16 5||Abrar Hussain Syed||PAK||Isaac Iapatu||VAN 6||Walkover|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Rey Rivera||PUR||Peter Silva||BRA||Knock Out (Round 1, 0:20)|
|Match #2||Richie Woodhall||GBR||Apolinário de Silveira||ANG||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #3||Roy Jones, Jr.||USA||Michal Franek||TCH||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #4||Yevgeny Zaytsev||URS||Sounaila Sagnon||BUR||Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:05)|
|Match #5||Park Si-Heon||KOR||Torsten Schmitz||GDR||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #6||Vincenzo Nardiello||ITA||Quinn Paynter||BER||Knock Out (Round 2, 2:08)|
|Match #7||Martin Kitel||SWE||Laurensio Mercado||ECU||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #8||Ray Downey||CAN||Abrar Hussain Syed||PAK||Decision (5 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Richie Woodhall||GBR||Rey Rivera||PUR||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #2||Roy Jones, Jr.||USA||Yevgeny Zaytsev||URS||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #3||Park Si-Heon||KOR||Vincenzo Nardiello||ITA||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #4||Ray Downey||CAN||Martin Kitel||SWE||Decision (5 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final match.
|Match #1||Roy Jones, Jr.||USA||Richie Woodhall||GBR||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #2||Park Si-Heon||KOR||Ray Downey||CAN||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match 1/2||Park Si-Heon||KOR||Roy Jones, Jr.||USA||Decision (3 - 2)|