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Light-Heavyweight (≤81 kilograms), Men

Date29 July – 9 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPabellón Club Joventut, Badalona
Participants26 from 26 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The last two world champions in this class were Germans. East German Henry Maske won the title in 1989 but turned professional in 1990, just after German re-unification, leaving the 1991 crown to Torsten May. May was favored in Barcelona and came through for the gold medal, but he had difficult bouts in both the quarter- and semi-finals. In the quarters he faced the much shorter American Montell Griffin, who opened a big cut over May’s eye in the final round. The referee actually stopped the fight but the ring doctor let it go on, with Griffin leading. But Griffin then received a third warning for leading with his head (ducking), and was given a 3-point penalty, which proved decisive as May won the match, 6-4. In the semi-finals, May fought Poland’s Wojciech Bartnik, and spent much of the fight clinching to protect his cut eye, but won a narrow 8-6 decision. May won the gold by outpointing the Ukrainian Rostyslav Zaulychniy in the final, 8-3.

May would turn professional in 1993 and in 1996 fought for the IBF cruiserweight world championship, but lost a decision to Adolpho Washington. He retired after 2003 with a career record of 22-3. Griffin also turned professional and continued to fight through 2011. In 1997 he upset Roy Jones, Jr. when Jones was disqualified, giving Griffin the WBC world light-heavyweight title. But that didn’t last long as Jones knocked out Griffin in the first round of the re-match five months later.

PosBoxerNOC
1Torsten MayGERGold
2Rostyslav ZaulychnyiEUNSilver
=3Zoltán BéresHUNBronze
=3Wojciech BartnikPOLBronze
=5Stephen WilsonGBR
=5Roland RaformeSEY
=5Montell GriffinUSA
=5Ángel EspinosaCUB
=9Mika MasoeASA
=9Jacklord JacobsNGR
=9Asghar MuhammadPAK
=9Patrice AouissiFRA
=9Go Yo-DaKOR
=9Dale BrownCAN
=9Mohamed Ben GuesmiaALG
=9Roberto CastelliITA
=17Paulo MwaselleTAN
=17Rick TimperiAUS
=17Manuel VerdeMEX
=17France MabiletsaBOT
=17Bai ChongguangCHN
=17Damdingiin ZulMGL
=17Kim Gil-NamPRK
=17Raimundo YantVEN
=17Alex GonzálezPUR
=17Mehmet GürgenTUR
DNSAli Asghar KazemiIRI
DNSSimon MaebleCMR

Round One (29 July 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Stephen WilsonGBR Bye
Match #2 Mika MasoeASA Bye
Match #3 Jacklord JacobsNGR Bye
Match #4 Rostyslav ZaulychnyiEUN Bye
Match #5 Zoltán BéresHUN Paulo MwaselleTAN Decision (30 - 13)
Match #6 Asghar MuhammadPAK Ali Asghar KazemiIRI Walkover
Match #7 Roland RaformeSEY Rick TimperiAUS Decision (27 - 7)
Match #8 Patrice AouissiFRA Manuel VerdeMEX Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 3, 1:46)
Match #9 Montell GriffinUSA France MabiletsaBOT Decision (10 - 4)
Match #10 Go Yo-DaKOR Bai ChongguangCHN Decision (18 - 4)
Match #11 Dale BrownCAN Damdingiin ZulMGL Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 3:00)
Match #12 Torsten MayGER Kim Gil-NamPRK Decision (9 - 1)
Match #13 Mohamed Ben GuesmiaALG Raimundo YantVEN Decision (15 - 11)
Match #14 Wojciech BartnikPOL Alex GonzálezPUR Decision (6 - 3)
Match #15 Ángel EspinosaCUB Mehmet GürgenTUR Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:54)
Match #16 Roberto CastelliITA Simon MaebleCMR Walkover

Round Two (31 July 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Stephen WilsonGBR Mika MasoeASA Decision (12 - 8)
Match #2 Rostyslav ZaulychnyiEUN Jacklord JacobsNGR Decision (16 - 8)
Match #3 Zoltán BéresHUN Asghar MuhammadPAK Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:17)
Match #4 Roland RaformeSEY Patrice AouissiFRA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 2:19)
Match #5 Montell GriffinUSA Go Yo-DaKOR Decision (16 - 1)
Match #6 Torsten MayGER Dale BrownCAN Decision (7 - 1)
Match #7 Wojciech BartnikPOL Mohamed Ben GuesmiaALG Decision (14 - 3)
Match #8 Ángel EspinosaCUB Roberto CastelliITA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:34)

Quarter-Finals (4 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Rostyslav ZaulychnyiEUN Stephen WilsonGBR Decision (13 - 0)
Match #2 Zoltán BéresHUN Roland RaformeSEY Decision (11 - 3)
Match #3 Torsten MayGER Montell GriffinUSA Decision (6 - 4)
Match #4 Wojciech BartnikPOL Ángel EspinosaCUB Decision (9 - 7)

Semi-Finals (7 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Rostyslav ZaulychnyiEUN Zoltán BéresHUN Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:53)
Match #2 Torsten MayGER Wojciech BartnikPOL Decision (8 - 6)

Final Round (9 August 1992)

Match 1/2 Torsten MayGER Rostyslav ZaulychnyiEUN Decision (8 - 3)