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Light-Flyweight (≤48 kilograms), Men

Date21 July – 3 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationAlexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants30 from 30 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

There was an obvious favourite for the Olympic title in the shape of Bulgaria’s World and European champion Daniel Bozhinov who also boxed under his birth name of Petrov at various stages of his career. Bozhinov already had an Olympic medal, a silver, from the 1992 Olympics but the 1996 version was a far superior fighter than the one seen in Barcelona and was considered one of the finest amateur boxers in the world. In Atlanta he proved his supremacy beyond doubt and was never really troubled in any of his 4 fights. The tall Bulgarian had a distinctive style, similar to that employed by Muhammad Ali AKA Cassius Clay, which involved keeping his hands down by his waist and using his reflexes to sucker his opponents into leaving themselves open to his trademark left jabs and right hooks. His final opponent was Mansueto Velasco, brother of [Roel] (/athletes/7676) who was a bronze medallist in the same division 4 years earlier. Velasco’s attempt to be the Philippines’ first Olympic champion faltered from the beginning and Bozhinov was a clear winner by 19 points to 6.

PosBoxerNOC
1Daniel BozhinovBULGold
2Mansueto VelascoPHISilver
=3Oleh KiriukhinUKRBronze
=3Rafael LozanoESPBronze
5Somrot KamsingTHA
6Albert GuardadoUSA
7Hamid BerhiliMAR
8La Paene MasaraINA
=9Nshan MunchyanARM
=9Sabin Marius BorneiROU
=9Beibis MendozaCOL
=9Anicet RasoanaivoMAD
=9Yosvani AguileraCUB
=9Yang XiangzhongCHN
=9Masibulele MakepulaRSA
=9Jesús MartínezMEX
=17Yaşar GiritliTUR
=17José PérezDOM
=17Domenic FigliomeniCAN
=17Abdul Rashid QambraniPAK
=17Geovany BacaHON
=17Modiradilo HealerBOT
=17Stefan StrömSWE
=17Tsai Chih-HsiuTPE
=17Alfred TettehGHA
=17Alberto RosselPER
=17Joseph BenhardNAM
=17Debendra ThapaIND
=17Sapok BikiMAS
=17Peter BalážSVK

Round One (21 July 1996 — 13:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Nshan MunchyanARM Bye
Match #2 Daniel BozhinovBUL Bye
Match #3 Somrot KamsingTHA Yaşar GiritliTUR Decision (19 - 4)
Match #4 Sabin Marius BorneiROU José PérezDOM Decision (16 - 10)
Match #5 Beibis MendozaCOL Domenic FigliomeniCAN Decision (12 - 1)
Match #6 Oleh KiriukhinUKR Abdul Rashid QambraniPAK Decision (17 - 3)
Match #7 Anicet RasoanaivoMAD Geovany BacaHON Decision (12 - 0)
Match #8 Albert GuardadoUSA Modiradilo HealerBOT Decision (11 - 9)
Match #9 Yosvani AguileraCUB Stefan StrömSWE Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:26)
Match #10 Mansueto VelascoPHI Tsai Chih-HsiuTPE Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:27)
Match #11 Hamid BerhiliMAR Alfred TettehGHA Decision (10 - 5)
Match #12 Yang XiangzhongCHN Alberto RosselPER Decision (16 - 7)
Match #13 Rafael LozanoESP Joseph BenhardNAM Decision (10 - 2)
Match #14 Masibulele MakepulaRSA Debendra ThapaIND Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:41)
Match #15 Jesús MartínezMEX Sapok BikiMAS Decision (15 - 4)
Match #16 La Paene MasaraINA Peter BalážSVK Decision (13 - 3)

Round Two (26 July 1996 — 13:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Daniel BozhinovBUL Nshan MunchyanARM Decision (11 - 5)
Match #2 Somrot KamsingTHA Sabin Marius BorneiROU Decision (18 - 7)
Match #3 Oleh KiriukhinUKR Beibis MendozaCOL Decision (18 - 6)
Match #4 Albert GuardadoUSA Anicet RasoanaivoMAD Decision (9 - 4)
Match #5 Mansueto VelascoPHI Yosvani AguileraCUB Decision (14 - 5)
Match #6 Hamid BerhiliMAR Yang XiangzhongCHN Decision (14 - 9)
Match #7 Rafael LozanoESP Masibulele MakepulaRSA Decision (14 - 3)
Match #8 La Paene MasaraINA Jesús MartínezMEX Decision (8 - 1)

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1996 — 13:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Daniel BozhinovBUL Somrot KamsingTHA Decision (18 - 6)
Match #2 Oleh KiriukhinUKR Albert GuardadoUSA Decision (19 - 14)
Match #3 Mansueto VelascoPHI Hamid BerhiliMAR Decision (20 - 10)
Match #4 Rafael LozanoESP La Paene MasaraINA Decision (10 - 9)

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996 — 20:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Daniel BozhinovBUL Oleh KiriukhinUKR Decision (17 - 8)
Match #2 Mansueto VelascoPHI Rafael LozanoESP Decision (22 - 10)

Final Round (3 August 1996 — 13:30)

Match 1/2 Daniel BozhinovBUL Mansueto VelascoPHI Decision (19 - 6)