Shin Joon-sup

Shin Joon-Sup (Korean: 신준섭; Hanja: 申俊燮; RR: Sin Jun-seob, born June 17, 1963 in Namwon, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea) is a former South Korean middleweight amateur boxer and Olympic Gold Medalist.[1]

Shin Joon-sup

Shin Joon-Sup on the 1984 Olympic podium
Medal record
Representing  South Korea
Men's boxing
Olympic Games
1984 Los Angeles Middleweight
Asian Games
1986 Seoul Middleweight
World Cup
1983 Rome Middleweight


Shin began boxing at the age of 16 in 1980 and became a member of the South Korea national boxing team in 1983 to participate in the King's Cup Boxing where he won silver in middleweight.

Shin won the gold medal for South Korea in the middleweight division at the 1983 Boxing World Cup in Rome, Italy. In the quarterfinal bout, he beat 1976 Olympic silver medalist Pedro Gamarro by unanimous decision.

Next year, Shin won the Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, beating 1984 National Golden Gloves champion Virgil Hill in the final.

After the Olympics, Shin announced his retirement from boxing in order to focus on his studies. However, he returned to the ring in 1985 to win an Asian Games gold medal next year.

At the 1986 Asian Games, Shin easily won the middleweight gold medal, dominating all the opponents in the tourney. He didn't turn professional, and permanently retired from competitive boxing after the Asian Games.

Post career

Shin earned a master's degree in physical education from Wonkwang University.[2] In 1992, he was named an assistant coach of the South Korea national boxing team for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Shin served as a part-time professor at the college before immigrating to the United States in 1996.

Since 2018, he has been serving as a head coach of the boxing organization in Namwon.[3][2]


1983 Boxing World Cup
Event Round Result Opponent Score
Middleweight Quarterfinal Win Pedro Gamarro 5-0
Semifinal Win Nusret Redzepi 5-0
Final Win Noe Cruciani 4-1
1984 Summer Olympics
Event Round Result Opponent Score
Middleweight First Win Patrick Lihanda 5-0
Second Win Rick Duff 4-1
Quarterfinal Win Jerry Okorodudu 4-1
Semifinal Win Arístides González 4-1
Final Win Virgil Hill 3-2


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