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Heavyweight (≤91 kilograms), Men

Date28 July – 8 August 1992
LocationPabellón Club Joventut, Badalona
Participants23 from 23 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Cuba’s Félix Savón came to Barcelona having won the last three World Championships – 1986, 1989, 1991; the 1987 and 1991 Pan American Games; and the 1986 and 1990 Central American and Caribbean Games. There was no heavier favorite in boxing at the 1992 Olympics. He won his first two matches easily and then faced the United States’ Danell Nicholson in the quarter-finals, and was surprisingly pressed by the little-known American. Nicholson led 8-6 after two rounds, but Savón pulled out the victory in the final round, winning 13-11. Savón then defeated the Netherlands’ Arnold Vanderlijde for the eighth consecutive time, and won the gold medal with an easy decision over Nigeria’s David Izonritei, the 1991 All-Africa Games champion. Vanderlijde came to Barcelona having won the bronze medal at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics in this class, and through 2008 is still the only Olympic boxer to have won three bronze medals. He was European Amateur Champion in 1987, 1989, and 1991.

Savón would return in 1996 and 2000 to win three consecutive gold medals in Olympic boxing, matching the feats of Hungary’s László Papp and his countryman, Teófilo Stevenson. He would also win the world amateur championship again in 1993, 1995, and 1997, to record six consecutive world titles. He took silver in 1999, but only after making the final and having to withdraw when the Cubans withdrew their entire team in protest over some controversial decisions. Savón also won the Pan American Games again in 1995, and added golds at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1993 and 1998.

1Félix SavónCUBGold
2David IzonriteiNGRSilver
=3Arnold VanderlijdeNEDBronze
=3David TuaNZLBronze
=5Vojtěch RückschlossTCH
=5Kirk JohnsonCAN
=5Paul DouglasIRL
=5Danell NicholsonUSA
=9Georgios StefanopoulosGRE
=9José OrtegaESP
=9Joseph AkhasambaKEN
=9Morteza ShiriIRI
=9Chae Seong-BaeKOR
=9Aleksey ChudinovEUN
=9Željko MavrovićCRO
=9Bert TeuchertGER
=17Emilio LetiSAM
=17John PetterssonSWE
=17Vidas MarkevičiusLTU
=17Mark HulstrømDEN
=17Paul LawsonGBR
=17Elio IbarraARG
=17Krzysztof RojekPOL

Round One (28 July 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Vojtěch RückschlossTCH Bye
Match #2 Georgios StefanopoulosGRE Bye
Match #3 José OrtegaESP Bye
Match #4 David TuaNZL Bye
Match #5 Kirk JohnsonCAN Bye
Match #6 Joseph AkhasambaKEN Bye
Match #7 David IzonriteiNGR Bye
Match #8 Morteza ShiriIRI Bye
Match #9 Chae Seong-BaeKOR Bye
Match #10 Arnold VanderlijdeNED Emilio LetiSAM Decision (14 - 0)
Match #11 Paul DouglasIRL John PetterssonSWE Decision (8 - 1)
Match #12 Aleksey ChudinovEUN Vidas MarkevičiusLTU Decision (7 - 3)
Match #13 Željko MavrovićCRO Mark HulstrømDEN Decision (8 - 2)
Match #14 Danell NicholsonUSA Paul LawsonGBR Decision (10 - 2)
Match #15 Bert TeuchertGER Elio IbarraARG Decision (5 - 1)
Match #16 Félix SavónCUB Krzysztof RojekPOL Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:12)

Round Two (31 July 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Vojtěch RückschlossTCH Georgios StefanopoulosGRE Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:27)
Match #2 David TuaNZL José OrtegaESP Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 3:00)
Match #3 Kirk JohnsonCAN Joseph AkhasambaKEN Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:42)
Match #4 David IzonriteiNGR Morteza ShiriIRI Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 1:35)
Match #5 Arnold VanderlijdeNED Chae Seong-BaeKOR Decision (14 - 13)
Match #6 Paul DouglasIRL Aleksey ChudinovEUN Decision (15 - 9)
Match #7 Danell NicholsonUSA Željko MavrovićCRO Decision (9 - 6)
Match #8 Félix SavónCUB Bert TeuchertGER Decision (11 - 2)

Quarter-Finals (3 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 David TuaNZL Vojtěch RückschlossTCH Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 0:16)
Match #2 David IzonriteiNGR Kirk JohnsonCAN Decision (9 - 5)
Match #3 Arnold VanderlijdeNED Paul DouglasIRL Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 1, 1:30)
Match #4 Félix SavónCUB Danell NicholsonUSA Decision (13 - 11)

Semi-Finals (6 August 1992)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 David IzonriteiNGR David TuaNZL Decision (12 - 7)
Match #2 Félix SavónCUB Arnold VanderlijdeNED Decision (23 - 3)

Final Round (8 August 1992)

Match 1/2 Félix SavónCUB David IzonriteiNGR Decision (14 - 1)