Vladimir Yengibaryan, '56 Gold Medalist, Passes At Age 80

By Alexey Sukachev

A tragic death of Omar Henry on Feb. the first wasn’t the only loss boxing has suffered on this date. News has come out, that Vladimir Yengibaryan, the second Olympic champion in the history of Soviet boxing, passed away at age 80 in Los Angeles, California.

Yengibaryan, a proud Armenian and the native of its capital Yerevan, started his career as a bantamweight. His first of three European championship wins came in the 1953 competition, where he captured the Gold as a lightweight. Yengibaryan would repeat honors in 1957 and 1959 - both in the light welterweight division - and also captured Bronze in the 1955 Games.

His crowning achievement as an amateur came in the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne, scoring four consecutive decisions to capture Olympic Gold in the welterweight division. Yengibaryan was one of three Soviet boxers to win Gold that year, marking the beginning of its dominance in Olympic competition. 

An attempt to repeat honors fell short when he was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics.

“I have never been knocked down throughout my entire career”, recalled Yengibaryan, who also founded the Children and Youth Sport School in Yerevan shortly after retiring from boxing. “I was the Pretty Boy, had no scars and no swellings, but my hands were crushed by boxing because of so many hits I have delivered to my opponents”. 

Yengibaryan moved to from Armenia to Los Angeles in 1992. He will be sorely missed not only by the Armenian boxing community but also by all those, who were lucky enough to witness his fights from the ringside position. 

The funeral is set for Sunday in Los Angeles.
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bierstadt on 02-04-2013

I attended the boxing school named after him in Yerevan, the same one Abraham recently donated to. Remember passing under his portrait hanging on the wall every day. Rest in peace cha,p.

Comment by hyeduk on 02-03-2013

Spasibo Alexey za post. Horoshaya statya.

Comment by sako5 on 02-03-2013

Very sad news ! Rest In Peace champion.

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