USA Olympic Festival Los Angeles 1991, gold medal 112lb weight category WON and previously OWNED by former IBF bantamweight World champion Tim Austin which is also SIGNED and INSCRIBED "My Olympic Festival Gold Medal" on the ribbon.
Austin also represented the USA at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics winning bronze in the flyweight division.
Measuring 2 1/2" in diameter.
Condition medal mint / ribbon torn at bottom with tied repair
NEWSPAPER REPORT FROM THE 1991 US OLYMPIC FESTIVAL:
U.S. OLYMPIC FESTIVAL : LOS ANGELES 1991 : His Gold Is Free of Tarnish : Boxing: The size of De La Hoya's 44-15 computer-scored victory over Brooks is the only question about result.
July 17, 1991|EARL GUSTKEY | TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oscar de la Hoya, one month out of East Los Angeles' Garfield High, won an Olympic Festival boxing championship Tuesday night at the Forum, and by a computer score wider than many thought he had earned.
De la Hoya, 18, scored a 44-15 victory over Patrice Brooks of St. Louis, a margin that to many in the Forum crowd of about 4,000 seemed a bit too wide.
Nonetheless, De la Hoya, unbeaten since 1987, advanced to amateur boxing's World championships in Sydney, Australia, and from there, he hopes, to next summer's Olympic Games.
He joined 11 other champions crowned Tuesday on the plane to Australia, most notably two-time World champion light-flyweight Eric Griffin and light-middleweight Raul Marquez.
De la Hoya-Brooks was a fast-paced matchup of 132-pounders, with De la Hoya consistently landing quick, short right hands on the left-handed Brooks. Both boxers lost three points off their scores in the third round, the result of referee Marco Sarfaraz calling holding violations for the third time on each.
De la Hoya, boxing in a major amateur event for the first time in Los Angeles, seemed to tire in the third and final round.
"I got tired, we both threw a lot of punches," he said.
"I did think it (the electronic score) would be a little closer, though. I felt a lot of pressure, fighting before my friends for the first time. People expected me to win big.
"I got the right hand in because I worked hard on it in training. Patrice is left-handed, so I worked at putting my lead left foot over his right foot to get the right in. It worked."
Brooks quibbled with the score, not the result.
"I didn't think he won by that wide a margin," Brooks said. "It was close, it wasn't 44-15. And the two standing-eights were unnecessary. Oscar is quite a fighter, very smart. He took me out of my game plan--I wanted to box him, but he made me fight him.
"The best part of his game is his body shots. He got tired, but I couldn't get to him."
De la Hoya established a tone for the bout when he landed short, quick rights twice within in the bout's first 15 seconds. By late in the second, De la Hoya had landed the right so often that Brooks began ducking from De la Hoya's feints.
De la Hoya was bothered briefly in the third by his ill-fitting headgear but could see well enough to land a solid left-right combination, hard enough that Sarfaraz gave Brooks a standing eight count. There was a second standing eight count on Brooks in the round before Sarfaraz called holding warnings on first De la Hoya, then Brooks.
In March, De la Hoya won a decision over Brooks in the championship bout of the nationals.
******National champion flyweight Tim Austin of Cincinnati knocked down John Herrera of Corpus Christi, Tex., twice and stopped him in the third round on a disqualification for holding.******
Timothy ("Tim") Austin (born April 14, 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio). He was nicknamed the "Cincinnati Kid".
Austin had an outstanding amateur career, compiling a record of 113-9.
* 1990 National Golden Gloves flyweight champion
* 1991 National Golden Gloves flyweight champion
* 1991 United States Amateur flyweight champion
* Representing the United States, Austin won a bronze medal as a flyweight at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
His results were:
* 1st round bye
* Defeated Yuliyan Strogov (Bulgaria) 19-7
* Defeated Benjamin Mwangata (Tanzania) 19-8
* Lost to Raúl González (Cuba) RSC 1
Known as "Cincinnati Kid", Austin won the IBF Bantamweight title by defeating Mbulelo Botile in 1997.
He successfully defended his title ten times before losing to Rafael Marquez by an 8th round technical knockout in 2003.