|Full name||Даниел Божинов Петров|
8 September 1971 |
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||48 kg (106 lb)|
|Rated at||Light Flyweight|
Daniel Bozhilov Petrov (Bulgarian: Даниел Божилов Петров) (born 8 September 1971 in Varna) is a Bulgarian boxer. He won a silver medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and a gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 in the category Light Flyweight.
Petrov began his career in Varna, Bulgaria, but then went to Slavia (Sofia). He became a champion of the country several times. In 1993 he captured the European title in Bursa, Turkey. Two years later he won the world title at the 1995 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Berlin, Germany, followed by the European title a year later in Vejle, Denmark.
- Defeated Nelson Dieppa (Puerto Rico) 10-7
- Defeated Song Chol (North Korea) RSC 3 (1:09)
- Defeated Pál Lakatos (Hungary) 17-8
- Defeated Jan Quast (Germany) 15-9
- Lost to Rogelio Marcelo (Cuba) 10-20
- 1st round bye
- Defeated Nshan Munchyan (Armenia) 11-5
- Defeated Somrot Kamsing (Thailand) 18-6
- Defeated Oleg Kiryukhin (Ukraine) 17-8
- Defeated Mansueto Velasco (Philippines) 19-6
Gold medal controversy
The gold medal match where Petrov won against Velasco from the Philippines was hailed as "The Robbery in Atlanta". Mansueto Velasco would hit Daniel Petrov with telling blows, and the scores would be counted for Petrov who was barely throwing any punches, was on a joy ride to an Olympic gold medal. It appeared that the judges were pressing the buttons on their electronic scoring equipment for the wrong boxer. Petrov was still awarded the gold medal despite the numerous protests.