| Event type

Light-Middleweight (≤71 kilograms), Men

Date23 July – 3 August 1996
LocationAlexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants31 from 31 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

World champion Francisc Vastag of Romania was heralded as the man to beat in Atlanta but he made no impression on the Olympic tournament and crashed out at the first hurdle to German fighter Markus Beyer. In theory this should have left Alfredo Duvergel of Cuba with a clear run at the Olympic title but there was a final twist to the story of the light-middleweight division. The USA had started well in a quest to match previous Olympic performances when the Games were held on its native soil but the semi-final stages had been a disaster and only one American, David Reid, advanced to the final, in this class. Reid began the final well but Duvergel gradually increased the pressure and, when the fight entered the final round, he held a seemingly unassailable 15-6 lead. The American was then told by his coach Al Mitchell to forget the technical boxing and just go for the knockout. Within 30 seconds Reid landed a chopping right hand punch that landed on Duvergel’s temple and sent him crashing face first onto the canvas. The Cuban attempted to rise but was still groggy and the Bulgarian referee completed the count out. This continued the American run of having won at least one gold medal in boxing at every Games they had attended since 1952.

Reid turned professional after the Games and won a version of the world title in just his 15th pro fight. After two defences he was matched against the legendary Puerto Rican boxer Felix Trinidad in a unification match for the light-middleweight title. He lost the fight via a points decision and also suffered a detached retina during the contest. Reid only had four more contests before continuing worries about his eyesight forced him to retire. Duvergel rebounded to be World Amateur Championships gold medalist in 1997 whilst quarter-finalist Markus Beyer was a 3-time world champion in the professional ranks.

1David ReidUSAGold
2Alfredo DuvergelCUBSilver
=3Karim TulaganovUZBBronze
=3Yermakhan IbraimovKAZBronze
5Rival CadeauSEY
6Mohamed Salah MarmouriTUN
7Markus BeyerGER
8Antonio PeruginoITA
=9Ashiakwei AryeeGHA
=9Yared WoldemichaelETH
=9Pavol PolakovičCZE
=9Jørn JohnsonNOR
=9György MizseiHUN
=9Hendrik SimangunsongINA
=9Serhiy HorodnichovUKR
=9Roger PetterssonSWE
=17Jorge SilvaBRA
=17Óscar GómezARG
=17Kurt SinetteTTO
=17Lee Wan-GyunKOR
=17Victor KuneneRSA
=17Maselino MasoeASA
=17Sean BlackJAM
=17Richard RowlesAUS
=17Francisc VaștagROU
=17Alexander KwangwariZIM
=17Nick FarrellCAN
=17Eromosele AlbertNGR
=17Józef GilewskiPOL
=17José Luis QuiñonesPUR
=17Shokhrat KurbanovTKM

Round One (23 July 1996 — 15:06)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Ashiakwei AryeeGHA Bye
Match #2 Rival CadeauSEY Jorge SilvaBRA Decision (22 - 7)
Match #3 Karim TulaganovUZB Óscar GómezARG Referee Stops Contest (Round 3, 2:50)
Match #4 Yared WoldemichaelETH Kurt SinetteTTO Decision (11 - 10)
Match #5 David ReidUSA Lee Wan-GyunKOR Decision (20 - 4)
Match #6 Pavol PolakovičCZE Victor KuneneRSA Decision (8 - 1)
Match #7 Mohamed Salah MarmouriTUN Maselino MasoeASA Decision (11 - 8)
Match #8 Jørn JohnsonNOR Sean BlackJAM Decision (13 - 7)
Match #9 György MizseiHUN Richard RowlesAUS Decision (10 - 2)
Match #10 Markus BeyerGER Francisc VaștagROU Decision (17 - 12)
Match #11 Hendrik SimangunsongINA Alexander KwangwariZIM Decision (12 - 1)
Match #12 Yermakhan IbraimovKAZ Nick FarrellCAN Decision (15 - 4)
Match #13 Serhiy HorodnichovUKR Eromosele AlbertNGR Decision (18 - 4)
Match #14 Alfredo DuvergelCUB Józef GilewskiPOL Decision (10 - 2)
Match #15 Antonio PeruginoITA José Luis QuiñonesPUR Decision (10 - 8)
Match #16 Roger PetterssonSWE Shokhrat KurbanovTKM Decision (7 - 2)

Round Two (26 July 1996 — 14:18)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Rival CadeauSEY Ashiakwei AryeeGHA Decision (18 - 6)
Match #2 Karim TulaganovUZB Yared WoldemichaelETH Decision (13 - 9)
Match #3 David ReidUSA Pavol PolakovičCZE Decision (12 - 5)
Match #4 Mohamed Salah MarmouriTUN Jørn JohnsonNOR Decision (17 - 4)
Match #5 Markus BeyerGER György MizseiHUN Decision (14 - 6)
Match #6 Yermakhan IbraimovKAZ Hendrik SimangunsongINA Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 2:14)
Match #7 Alfredo DuvergelCUB Serhiy HorodnichovUKR Decision (15 - 2)
Match #8 Antonio PeruginoITA Roger PetterssonSWE Decision (18 - 4)

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1996 — 14:42)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Karim TulaganovUZB Rival CadeauSEY Referee Stops Contest (Head Blow) (Round 1, 1:24)
Match #2 David ReidUSA Mohamed Salah MarmouriTUN Decision (13 - 8)
Match #3 Yermakhan IbraimovKAZ Markus BeyerGER Decision (19 - 9)
Match #4 Alfredo DuvergelCUB Antonio PeruginoITA Decision (15 - 8)

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996 — 21:12)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 David ReidUSA Karim TulaganovUZB Decision (12 - 4)
Match #2 Alfredo DuvergelCUB Yermakhan IbraimovKAZ Decision (28 - 19)

Final Round (3 August 1996 — 14:39)

Match 1/2 David ReidUSA Alfredo DuvergelCUB Knock Out (Round 3, 0:36)