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Springbok’s conqueror dies

The Armenian who beat South African Hennie Loubscher at the 1956 Olympic Games has died.

Vladimir Yengibaryn, who won the light-welterweight gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics, knocked Loubscher down on his way to a convincing points victory in their semifinal bout. Loubscher won a bronze medal.

Vladimir Nikolaevich Yengibaryan (sometimes spelt Enguibarian) was born on April 24 1932 in Yerevan, Armenia. He died in Los Angeles at the age of 80.

He also competed in the light-welterweight division at the 1960 Rome Olympics but was eliminated in the quarterfinals. He won several medals in the European championships in the late 1950s.

In 1957 he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour and became an Honoured Master of Sports of the Soviet Union.

He moved from Armenia in 1992 and settled in Los Angeles.

A 25-year-old American boxer from Houston in Texas, Omar Henry, also died last week. He had gall-bladder cancer.

Henry was a light-middleweight who made his professional debut in July 2008. His last fight was on June 23 last year when he beat Tyrone Selders on points over ten rounds. His professional record was 12-0-1, with 9 knockouts.


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