(born December 16, 1965 in Haman County
, South Korea
) is a retired South Korean amateur boxer
and former Olympic gold medal winner.
Park first major success came in 1985 when he won the light middleweight
gold at the Boxing World Cup
, defeating 1985 European Champion Michael Timm
and 1984 US national champion Kevin Bryant
. He was then awarded the light middleweight gold medal
at the 1988 Summer Olympics
In the 1988 games, Park won the very controversial title bout against Roy Jones, Jr.
, following a highly disputed 3-2 decision in the final. Later scoring indicates that Jones landed 86 punches to Park's 32.
The decision hearkened back to the boxing competition at the 1984 Olympics
in Los Angeles
. At that time, Koreans were aggrieved that several of their gold medal hopefuls lost controversial decisions to Americans (in particular Jerry Page's
win over Kim Dong-Kil
, which they officially protested) and at one point threatened to withdraw from the games.
In Park's 3rd round bout against Vincenzo Nardiello
, Nardiello easily won the first two rounds, but because Park won the 3rd... Read More