Last six Canadian Olympic medallists in boxing

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Last six Canadian Olympic medallists in boxing

Boxing is returning to prime-time television in the United States, and the greatly-hyped, long-awaited bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has dominated much of the sports landscape in recent weeks.

Suddenly far from disappearing despite the emergence of new and popular forms of fight entertainment in the last 10-15 years, it seems boxing – an Olympic staple since 1920 – is experiencing a resurgence.


Custio Clayton (left) was Canada's latest Olympic medal hope, however a controversial decision against a British fighter at London 2012 saw him lose a quarterfinal decision.

Custio Clayton (left) was Canada’s latest Olympic medal hope, however a controversial decision against a British fighter at London 2012 saw him lose a quarterfinal decision.

Unfortunately, Canada hasn’t had much luck in the Olympic discipline, on a medal drought now that will hit 20 years at Rio 2016, where Boxing Canada hopes to put an end to it. Qualifications for Rio will start this fall and Canadians will have a chance to learn about some of the country’s top amateur pugilists at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games this year as well.

Until then, here’s a look at the last six Canadians to win an Olympic medal in Boxing.

Raymond Downey

Raymond Downey at Seoul 1988.

Raymond Downey at Seoul 1988.

One of three boxing medals at Seoul 1988, Downey won a bronze in the light middleweight (71kg) class, winning four fights before losing to eventual gold medallist Park Si-Hun of South Korea. Notably, Park beat Roy Jones Jr. of the United States in the final in a controversial decision that forced changes to the Olympic scoring system.

Egerton Marcus

Egerton Marcus throws a jab at Seoul 1988.

Egerton Marcus throws a jab at Seoul 1988.

Marcus took silver in the middleweight (75kg) division in Seoul, winning five fights before losing the final to East Germany (that was a thing back then) southpaw Henry Maske, who eventually won an IBF world title.

Lennox Lewis

Lennox Lewis celebrates his Olympic gold medal.

Lennox Lewis celebrates his Olympic gold medal.

Future undisputed world heavyweight champion Lewis fought under the maple leaf at the Olympics before he chose the Union Jack during his pro career. Lewis turned down a chance to become a pro after an Olympic quarterfinal loss at Los Angeles 1984, and his Seoul super heavyweight title stands as the last Olympic gold for Canada in boxing.

Mark Leduc

Mark Leduc raises his arm after being awarded his Olympic boxing silver medal.

Mark Leduc raises his arm after being awarded his Olympic boxing silver medal.

Leduc made it to the final against Cuban legend Hector Vinent at Barcelona 1992 and had to settle for a silver in the light welterweight (63.5kg) class against the future two-time Olympic gold medallist. Leduc passed away in 2009 from heat stroke. He was an openly gay athlete, a rarity for boxers of his generation.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson in the ring against American Chris Byrd at the semifinals in Barcelona.

Chris Johnson in the ring against American Chris Byrd at the semifinals in Barcelona.

The second Olympic boxing medal in Barcelona arrived through Chris Johnson, a middleweight. In the semifinal Johnson was defeated by future WBO heavyweight champ Chris Byrd of the United States. Johnson himself went on to have 26-3 pro career.

David Defiagbon

David Defiagbon receives his Olympic medal at Atlanta 1996.

David Defiagbon receives his Olympic silver medal at Atlanta 1996.

Canada’s last Olympic boxing medal arrived at Atlanta 1996 courtesy of heavyweight (91kg) David Defiagbon, who won silver. Defiagbon beat notable fighters Christophe Mendy of France and American Nate Jones before losing his gold medal bout against defending Olympic champion Felix Savon of Cuba, one of the greatest amateur fighters of all time.

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