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Light-Welterweight (≤63.5 kilograms), Men

Date24 July – 4 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationAlexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants32 from 32 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Since before the Barcelona Games the 1992 Olympic Champion Héctor Vinent of Cuba had reigned supreme in the light-welterweight division and had won both the 1993 and 1995 World Championship titles. His only major defeat during this period was at the 1995 Pan-American Games in Argentina where he lost a debatable decision to the host nation’s Walter Crucce. Crucce did not compete in Atlanta as he decided to pursue a career as a professional in late 1995.

Vinent started his campaign with a knockout victory then had three successive easy points wins which yielded an aggregate points score of 63 against 14. In the opposite corner for the gold medal bout was Oktay Urkal, A German of Turkish heritage, who had been crowned European champion earlier in the year. The Cuban used his reach advantage to pick off the onrushing Urkal and, when the German threatened to take advantage on the inside, Vinent returned his punches with interest. He fought on for another four years in the hope of winning a third Olympic gold in Sydney but failed to make the Olympic team in 2000

PosBoxerNOC
1Héctor VinentCUBGold
2Oktay UrkalGERSilver
=3Bolat NiyazymbetovKAZBronze
=3Fathi MissaouiTUNBronze
5Eduard ZakharovRUS
6Babak MoghimiIRI
7Mohamed AllalouALG
8Nordine MouchiFRA
=9Nurhan SüleymanoğluTUR
=9Phil BoudreaultCAN
=9Davis MwaleZAM
=9Gerry LegrasSEY
=9Jacek BielskiPOL
=9Francie BarrettIRL
=9David DiazUSA
=9Siarhei BykouskiBLR
=17Han Hyeong-MinKOR
=17Aboubacar DialloGUI
=17Rashi Ali Hadj MatumlaTAN
=17Fumitaka NitamiJPN
=17Steven KeviPNG
=17Carlos MartínezMEX
=17Dairo EsalasCOL
=17Radoslav SuslekovBUL
=17Luis PérezPUR
=17Peter BulingaKEN
=17Zely dos SantosBRA
=17Lee TrautschAUS
=17Jacobo GarciaISV
=17Reynaldo GalidoPHI
=17Besik' VardzelashviliGEO
=17Usman Ullah KhanPAK

Round One (24 July 1996 — 13:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Héctor VinentCUB Han Hyeong-MinKOR Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 2, 1:00)
Match #2 Nurhan SüleymanoğluTUR Aboubacar DialloGUI Decision (21 - 5)
Match #3 Phil BoudreaultCAN Rashi Ali Hadj MatumlaTAN Decision (16 - 12)
Match #4 Eduard ZakharovRUS Fumitaka NitamiJPN Decision (21 - 6)
Match #5 Davis MwaleZAM Steven KeviPNG Decision (16 - 3)
Match #6 Bolat NiyazymbetovKAZ Carlos MartínezMEX Decision (25 - 3)
Match #7 Gerry LegrasSEY Dairo EsalasCOL Decision (26 - 12)
Match #8 Babak MoghimiIRI Radoslav SuslekovBUL Decision (11 - 3)
Match #9 Jacek BielskiPOL Luis PérezPUR Decision (18 - 2)
Match #10 Mohamed AllalouALG Peter BulingaKEN Decision (17 - 3)
Match #11 Francie BarrettIRL Zely dos SantosBRA Decision (32 - 7)
Match #12 Fathi MissaouiTUN Lee TrautschAUS Decision (25 - 9)
Match #13 David DiazUSA Jacobo GarciaISV Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:27)
Match #14 Oktay UrkalGER Reynaldo GalidoPHI Decision (19 - 2)
Match #15 Siarhei BykouskiBLR Besik' VardzelashviliGEO Decision (11 - 11)
Match #16 Nordine MouchiFRA Usman Ullah KhanPAK Knock Out (Round 1, 1:24)

Round Two (28 July 1996 — 14:18)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Héctor VinentCUB Nurhan SüleymanoğluTUR Decision (23 - 1)
Match #2 Eduard ZakharovRUS Phil BoudreaultCAN Decision (11 - 9)
Match #3 Bolat NiyazymbetovKAZ Davis MwaleZAM Decision (11 - 3)
Match #4 Babak MoghimiIRI Gerry LegrasSEY Decision (16 - 7)
Match #5 Mohamed AllalouALG Jacek BielskiPOL Decision (19 - 8)
Match #6 Fathi MissaouiTUN Francie BarrettIRL Decision (18 - 6)
Match #7 Oktay UrkalGER David DiazUSA Decision (14 - 6)
Match #8 Nordine MouchiFRA Siarhei BykouskiBLR Decision (17 - 6)

Quarter-Finals (31 July 1996 — 14:18)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Héctor VinentCUB Eduard ZakharovRUS Decision (15 - 7)
Match #2 Bolat NiyazymbetovKAZ Babak MoghimiIRI Decision (13 - 8)
Match #3 Fathi MissaouiTUN Mohamed AllalouALG Decision (16 - 15)
Match #4 Oktay UrkalGER Nordine MouchiFRA Decision (19 - 10)

Semi-Finals (2 August 1996 — 20:48)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Héctor VinentCUB Bolat NiyazymbetovKAZ Decision (23 - 6)
Match #2 Oktay UrkalGER Fathi MissaouiTUN Decision (20 - 6)

Final Round (4 August 1996 — 14:16)

Match 1/2 Héctor VinentCUB Oktay UrkalGER Decision (20 - 13)