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Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date28 July – 8 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPabellón Club Joventut, Badalona
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Without a clear favorite coming into Barcelona, two fighters established themselves as the class of the division, Cuba’s Ariel Hernández and the United States’ Chris Byrd. They won all their preliminary matches by big decisions and advanced to the final, Byrd defeating Canadian Chris Johnson, the 1991 Pan American silver medalist, in the semi-finals. The final was close, tied after two rounds at 4-4, but Hernández pulled ahead in the third round and won the gold medal, 12-7.

Although unheralded prior to Barcelona, Ariel Hernández became one of the top amateur boxers of the 1990s. He defended his Olympic gold medal in 1996 at Atlanta, won the World Championships in both 1993 and 1995, the Pan American Games title in 1995, and the Central American and Caribbean championship in 1993 and 1998. Byrd turned professional in 1993, and in 2000 won the WBO heavyweight title, upsetting Vitaly Klichko, and then retired after 2009 with a career pro record of 41-5-1.

PosBoxerNOC
1Ariel HernándezCUBGold
2Chris ByrdUSASilver
=3Chris JohnsonCANBronze
=3Lee Seung-BaeKORBronze
=5Stefan TrendafilovBUL
=5Ahmed DineALG
=5Sven OttkeGER
=5Alberth PapilayaINA
=9Chao LuCHN
=9Mohamed SiluvangiCOD
=9Aleksandr LebzyakEUN
=9Raymond JovalNED
=9Brian LentzDEN
=9Gilberto BrownISV
=9Makoye IsangulaTAN
=9Ricardo AranedaCHI
=17Mark EdwardsGBR
=17Justann CrawfordAUS
=17Tommaso RussoITA
=17Likou AliuSAM
=17Richard SantiagoPUR
=17Bandiin AltangerelMGL
=17Lotfi MissaouiTUN
=17Joseph LaryeaGHA
=17Siamak VarzidehIRI
=17Robert BudaPOL
=17Luis MéndezURU
=17Michal FranekTCH

Round One (28 July 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Stefan TrendafilovBUL Bye
Match #2 Chao LuCHN Bye
Match #3 Mohamed SiluvangiCOD Bye
Match #4 Chris JohnsonCAN Bye
Match #5 Chris ByrdUSA Mark EdwardsGBR Decision (21 - 3)
Match #6 Aleksandr LebzyakEUN Justann CrawfordAUS Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 1:56)
Match #7 Ahmed DineALG Tommaso RussoITA Decision (6 - 4)
Match #8 Raymond JovalNED Likou AliuSAM Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:30)
Match #9 Sven OttkeGER Richard SantiagoPUR Decision (15 - 2)
Match #10 Brian LentzDEN Bandiin AltangerelMGL Decision (4 - 0)
Match #11 Gilberto BrownISV Lotfi MissaouiTUN Decision (6 - 4)
Match #12 Ariel HernándezCUB Joseph LaryeaGHA Decision (6 - 0)
Match #13 Makoye IsangulaTAN Siamak VarzidehIRI Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:58)
Match #14 Alberth PapilayaINA Robert BudaPOL Decision (11 - 5)
Match #15 Ricardo AranedaCHI Luis MéndezURU Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:20)
Match #16 Lee Seung-BaeKOR Michal FranekTCH Decision (6 - 2)

Round Two (31 July 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Stefan TrendafilovBUL Chao LuCHN Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:45)
Match #2 Chris JohnsonCAN Mohamed SiluvangiCOD Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 2:39)
Match #3 Chris ByrdUSA Aleksandr LebzyakEUN Decision (16 - 7)
Match #4 Ahmed DineALG Raymond JovalNED Decision (22 - 14)
Match #5 Sven OttkeGER Brian LentzDEN Decision (9 - 2)
Match #6 Ariel HernándezCUB Gilberto BrownISV Decision (13 - 2)
Match #7 Alberth PapilayaINA Makoye IsangulaTAN Decision (13 - 6)
Match #8 Lee Seung-BaeKOR Ricardo AranedaCHI Decision (12 - 8)

Quarter-Finals (3 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Chris JohnsonCAN Stefan TrendafilovBUL Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:52)
Match #2 Chris ByrdUSA Ahmed DineALG Decision (21 - 2)
Match #3 Ariel HernándezCUB Sven OttkeGER Decision (14 - 6)
Match #4 Lee Seung-BaeKOR Alberth PapilayaINA Decision (15 - 3)

Semi-Finals (6 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Chris ByrdUSA Chris JohnsonCAN Decision (17 - 3)
Match #2 Ariel HernándezCUB Lee Seung-BaeKOR Decision (14 - 1)

Final Round (8 August 1992)

Match 1/2 Ariel HernándezCUB Chris ByrdUSA Decision (12 - 7)