|Date||22 September – 2 October 1988|
|Location||Jam-sil Hak-saeng Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul|
|Participants||17 from 17 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament.|
The new Cuban star Jorge Luis Gonzales, the 1987 World Cup winner, was a casualty of his nation’s boycott so the general opinion was that the gold medal would be contested between the North American pairing of Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe and the European duo of Ulli Kaden and Alex Miroshnichenko.
Lewis and Kaden were the first big names to meet and Lewis, the British-born Canadian, sensationally dispatched his more experienced East German opponent in just thirty-four seconds. Bowe and Miroshnichenko met in the semi-finals with the American taking victory on points. This meant Lewis and Bowe would face other for the Olympic championship. Bowe held the upper hand in the first round and won it quite comfortably but, urged to be more aggressive by the corner, Lewis took control in the second round and forced his opponent to take two standing counts. After the second count, the referee sent Bowe back to his corner and, to the shock of many in the arena, waved the bout off.
The two finalists turned professional and for the next decade their careers ran parallel with each other. Both men had reigns as world heavyweight champion though Lewis’s time at the top of his profession was much longer than Bowe’s. In 2004 Lewis retired whilst still heavyweight champion, a feat not done for over 50 years. In contrast Bowe’s life began to fall apart and in 2000 he was sent to jail for 17 months for kidnapping his wife and children at knifepoint. In court his attorneys claimed in mitigation that he had suffered brain damage during his career but incredibly he was still allowed to resume his boxing career in 2004. He fought three low key fights before retiring for good.
Winner of each match advanced to the second round.
|Match #1||Alex Miroshnichenko||URS||Bye|
|Match #2||Ali Al-Baluchi||KUW||Bye|
|Match #3||Kim Yu-Hyeon||KOR||Bye|
|Match #4||Mohamed Hammad||SUD||Bye|
|Match #5||Peter Hrivňák||TCH||Bye|
|Match #6||Petar Stoimenov||BUL||Bye|
|Match #7||Biko Botowamungu||AUT||Bye|
|Match #8||Riddick Bowe||USA||Bye|
|Match #9||Lennox Lewis||CAN||Bye|
|Match #10||Crispine Odera||KEN||Bye|
|Match #11||Aziz Salihu||YUG||Bye|
|Match #12||Ulli Kaden||GDR||Bye|
|Match #13||Janusz Zarenkiewicz||POL||Bye|
|Match #14||Harold Arroyo||PUR||Bye|
|Match #15||Ovwigbo Uba||NGR||Bye|
|Match #16||Andreas Schnieders||FRG||Tshibalabala Kadima||COD||Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:09)|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Alex Miroshnichenko||URS||Ali Al-Baluchi||KUW||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #2||Kim Yu-Hyeon||KOR||Mohamed Hammad||SUD||Retired (Round –)|
|Match #3||Peter Hrivňák||TCH||Petar Stoimenov||BUL||Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 1, 0:42)|
|Match #4||Riddick Bowe||USA||Biko Botowamungu||AUT||Knock Out (Round 2, 2:53)|
|Match #5||Lennox Lewis||CAN||Crispine Odera||KEN||Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:59)|
|Match #6||Ulli Kaden||GDR||Aziz Salihu||YUG||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #7||Janusz Zarenkiewicz||POL||Harold Arroyo||PUR||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #8||Andreas Schnieders||FRG||Ovwigbo Uba||NGR||Decision (5 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Alex Miroshnichenko||URS||Kim Yu-Hyeon||KOR||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #2||Riddick Bowe||USA||Peter Hrivňák||TCH||Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:34)|
|Match #3||Lennox Lewis||CAN||Ulli Kaden||GDR||Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 0:34)|
|Match #4||Janusz Zarenkiewicz||POL||Andreas Schnieders||FRG||Decision (3 - 2)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final match.
|Match #1||Riddick Bowe||USA||Alex Miroshnichenko||URS||Decision (5 - 0)|
|Match #2 1||Lennox Lewis||CAN||Janusz Zarenkiewicz||POL 2||Walkover|
|Match 1/2||Lennox Lewis||CAN||Riddick Bowe||USA||Referee Stops Contest (Outclassed) (Round 2, 0:43)|