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Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms), Men

Date28 July – 8 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPabellón Club Joventut, Badalona
Participants31 from 31 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The last two World Championship finals (1989/1991) had matched Cuba’s Enrique Carrion and Bulgaria’s Serafim Todorov, with Carrion winning in 1989 and Todorov in 1991. Todorov was in Barcelona but after Carrion had twice lost to American Sergio Reyes, Jr., who was on the US team in 1992, he was replaced on the Cuban team by former featherweight Joël Casamayor. Another challenger was North Korea’s Li Gwang-Sik, a bronze medalist at the last two Worlds (as a flyweight in 1989).

Reyes was the first of the favorites to go out, losing to Li in the second round, who then took out Todorov in the quarters. But Li lost the semi-final to Ireland’s Wayne McCullough, the 1990 Commonwealth Games flyweight champion, who then faced Casamayor in the final. Casamayor built up a big early lead in the first two rounds and won comfortably.

McCullough turned professional and in 1995 won the WBC bantamweight champion, retiring in 2008 with a career record of 27-7. Casamayor was expected to attempt an Olympic defense in 1996, but a few weeks before the Games started, while training with the Cuban team in Guadalajara, Mexico, he defected to the United States and turned professional. In 2000 he became the first Cuban to win a world professional title when he won the WBA super-featherweight belt. He held that title into 2002 and won various lightweight world championships from 2006-08. Still fighting as a pro at the end of 2011, his career record by then was 38 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw.

PosBoxerNOC
1Joel CasamayorCUBGold
2Wayne McCulloughIRLSilver
=3Li Gwang-SikPRKBronze
=3Mohamed AchikMARBronze
=5Mohammed SaboNGR
=5Serafim TodorovBUL
=5Roberto JalnaizPHI
=5Remigio MolinaARG
=9Ahmed AboudIRQ
=9Chatree SuwanyodTHA
=9Oscar ChongoZAM
=9Sergio Reyes, Jr.USA
=9Kalai RiadhTUN
=9Philippe WartelleFRA
=9Javier CalderónMEX
=9Slimane ZengliALG
=17Fred MutewetaUGA
=17Vladislav AntonovEUN
=17Robert CibaPOL
=17John SemPNG
=17Magno RuizGUA
=17László BognárHUN
=17Harold RamírezPUR
=17Miguel DiasNED
=17Devarajan VenkatesanIND
=17Agustín CastilloDOM
=17Jesús PérezCOL
=17Benjamin NgaruiyaKEN
=17Óscar VegaESP
=17Dieter BergGER
=17Zhang GuangpingCHN

Round One (28 July 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Ahmed AboudIRQ Bye
Match #2 Wayne McCulloughIRL Fred MutewetaUGA Decision (28 - 7)
Match #3 Chatree SuwanyodTHA Vladislav AntonovEUN Decision (6 - 4)
Match #4 Mohammed SaboNGR Robert CibaPOL Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 3, 2:27)
Match #5 Serafim TodorovBUL John SemPNG Decision (11 - 0)
Match #6 Oscar ChongoZAM Magno RuizGUA Decision (7 - 3)
Match #7 Li Gwang-SikPRK László BognárHUN Retired (Round 3, 1:00)
Match #8 Sergio Reyes, Jr.USA Harold RamírezPUR Decision (10 - 1)
Match #9 Kalai RiadhTUN Miguel DiasNED Decision (17 - 1)
Match #10 Joel CasamayorCUB Devarajan VenkatesanIND Decision (13 - 7)
Match #11 Roberto JalnaizPHI Agustín CastilloDOM Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:46)
Match #12 Philippe WartelleFRA Jesús PérezCOL Decision (12 - 5)
Match #13 Javier CalderónMEX Benjamin NgaruiyaKEN Decision (16 - 4)
Match #14 Remigio MolinaARG Óscar VegaESP Decision (14 - 4)
Match #15 Mohamed AchikMAR Dieter BergGER Decision (3 - 0)
Match #16 Slimane ZengliALG Zhang GuangpingCHN Decision (4 - 0)

Round Two (1 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Wayne McCulloughIRL Ahmed AboudIRQ Decision (10 - 2)
Match #2 Mohammed SaboNGR Chatree SuwanyodTHA Decision (16 - 7)
Match #3 Serafim TodorovBUL Oscar ChongoZAM Decision (18 - 6)
Match #4 Li Gwang-SikPRK Sergio Reyes, Jr.USA Decision (15 - 8)
Match #5 Joel CasamayorCUB Kalai RiadhTUN Decision (16 - 11)
Match #6 Roberto JalnaizPHI Philippe WartelleFRA Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 2, 0:32)
Match #7 Remigio MolinaARG Javier CalderónMEX Decision (5 - 4)
Match #8 Mohamed AchikMAR Slimane ZengliALG Decision (12 - 8)

Quarter-Finals (3 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Wayne McCulloughIRL Mohammed SaboNGR Decision (31 - 13)
Match #2 Li Gwang-SikPRK Serafim TodorovBUL Decision (16 - 15)
Match #3 Joel CasamayorCUB Roberto JalnaizPHI Knock Out (Round 1, 2:01)
Match #4 Mohamed AchikMAR Remigio MolinaARG Decision (15 - 5)

Semi-Finals (6 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Wayne McCulloughIRL Li Gwang-SikPRK Decision (21 - 16)
Match #2 Joel CasamayorCUB Mohamed AchikMAR Retired (Round 1, 2:31)

Final Round (8 August 1992)

Match 1/2 Joel CasamayorCUB Wayne McCulloughIRL Decision (14 - 8)