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Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Men

Date20 July – 3 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationAlexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants32 from 32 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The Olympic Games were not kind to Juan Hernández Sierra. The Cuban was the premier welterweight of the 1990s, lost only one bout at the 5 World Championships held during the decade but was somehow always frustrated when he fought at the Olympics. In Barcelona he was the victim of a major upset when defeated by the unheralded Irishman Michael Carruth in the gold medal match.

Hernandez again reached the Olympic final in Atlanta where his opponent was to be Russia’s Oleg Saitov, a man he had comfortably beaten on his way to retaining his world title in 1995. Saitov’s masterstroke was to change tactics midway through the final and back away from Hernandez in an attempt to draw him forward and open up the Cuban to counter-punching. This gave the Russian a three-point lead after two rounds and although Hernandez mounted a frantic effort in the final round he could not make up the points deficit. The verdict was not universally popular inside the arena.

This was the first major title of Saitov’s career but by no means the last. He retained his Olympic title in 2000 and only narrowly failed to reach a 3rd Olympic final in 2004. In addition he won 2 World championships and a European Championships.

PosBoxerNOC
1Oleg SaitovRUSGold
2Juan Hernández SierraCUBSilver
=3Marian SimionROUBronze
=3Daniel SantosPURBronze
5Hasan AlDEN
6Nurzhan SmanovKAZ
7Kamel ChaterTUN
8Nariman AtayevUZB
=9Serhiy DzinzirukUKR
=9Fernando VargasUSA
=9Vadzim MiazhaBLR
=9Abdul Rashid BalochPAK
=9Bae Ho-JoKOR
=9Vitalijus KarpačiauskasLTU
=9Nurbek KasenovKGZ
=9Kabil LahsenMAR
=17Rogelio MartínezDOM
=17Parkpoom JangphonakTHA
=17Tengiz MeskhadzeGEO
=17Hussein BayramFRA
=17Lucas SinoiaMOZ
=17József NagyHUN
=17Lynden HoskingAUS
=17Jesús FloresMEX
=17Cahit SümeTUR
=17Guillermo SaputoARG
=17Hassan MzongeTAN
=17Hercules KyvelosCAN
=17Evans AshiraKEN
=17Shane HeapsTGA
=17Luis HernándezECU
=17Ernest Atangana MboaCMR

Round One (20 July 1996 — 15:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Hasan AlDEN Rogelio MartínezDOM Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 1, 2:35)
Match #2 Serhiy DzinzirukUKR Parkpoom JangphonakTHA Decision (20 - 10)
Match #3 Fernando VargasUSA Tengiz MeskhadzeGEO Decision (10 - 4)
Match #4 Marian SimionROU Hussein BayramFRA Decision (13 - 6)
Match #5 Vadzim MiazhaBLR Lucas SinoiaMOZ Decision (11 - 6)
Match #6 Juan Hernández SierraCUB József NagyHUN Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 1:48)
Match #7 Nurzhan SmanovKAZ Lynden HoskingAUS Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round 2, 1:42)
Match #8 Abdul Rashid BalochPAK Jesús FloresMEX Decision (12 - 7)
Match #9 Oleg SaitovRUS Cahit SümeTUR Decision (11 - 1)
Match #10 Bae Ho-JoKOR Guillermo SaputoARG Decision (11 - 7)
Match #11 Vitalijus KarpačiauskasLTU Hassan MzongeTAN Decision (9 - 1)
Match #12 Kamel ChaterTUN Hercules KyvelosCAN Decision (4 - 4)
Match #13 Nariman AtayevUZB Evans AshiraKEN Decision (15 - 10)
Match #14 Nurbek KasenovKGZ Shane HeapsTGA Decision (11 - 2)
Match #15 Kabil LahsenMAR Luis HernándezECU Decision (18 - 9)
Match #16 Daniel SantosPUR Ernest Atangana MboaCMR Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:54)

Round Two (25 July 1996 — 14:18)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Hasan AlDEN Serhiy DzinzirukUKR Decision (10 - 4)
Match #2 Marian SimionROU Fernando VargasUSA Decision (8 - 7)
Match #3 Juan Hernández SierraCUB Vadzim MiazhaBLR Decision (12 - 2)
Match #4 Nurzhan SmanovKAZ Abdul Rashid BalochPAK Decision (13 - 9)
Match #5 Oleg SaitovRUS Bae Ho-JoKOR Decision (9 - 5)
Match #6 Kamel ChaterTUN Vitalijus KarpačiauskasLTU Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 1:16)
Match #7 Nariman AtayevUZB Nurbek KasenovKGZ Decision (11 - 7)
Match #8 Daniel SantosPUR Kabil LahsenMAR Decision (16 - 4)

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1996 — 14:42)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Marian SimionROU Hasan AlDEN Decision (16 - 8)
Match #2 Juan Hernández SierraCUB Nurzhan SmanovKAZ Decision (16 - 8)
Match #3 Oleg SaitovRUS Kamel ChaterTUN Decision (9 - 3)
Match #4 Daniel SantosPUR Nariman AtayevUZB Decision (28 - 15)

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996 — 21:12)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Juan Hernández SierraCUB Marian SimionROU Decision (20 - 7)
Match #2 Oleg SaitovRUS Daniel SantosPUR Decision (13 - 11)

Final Round (3 August 1996 — 14:39)

Match 1/2 Oleg SaitovRUS Juan Hernández SierraCUB Decision (14 - 9)