Hussain Shah: The Strongest Boxer of Sindh, Pakistan

Syed Hussain Shah (born on the day of August 14, 1964) is a boxer from the state of Pakistan, who achieved the bronze medal in the Middleweight division (71–75 kg) at the year of 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. This was the country’s 1st ever Olympic boxing medal. He sustains to be the mere Pakistani sportsperson to acquire an individual medal at the Olympic Games in the last 50-plus years. Only other Pakistani to ever achieve an individual Olympic medal is the wrestler Muhammad Bashir, who won a bronze medal at the year of 1960 Summer Olympics.


Shah is the father of popular personality Shah Hussain Shah a judoka who competes in the -100 kilogam division.


At the event of 1988 Olympics he shared the podium with Kenya’s Chris Sande. He was Pakistan’s 1st boxer to achieve any medal in olympic boxing. In the year 1989, Lyari born boxer acquired Sitara-i-Imtiaz medal from the Government of Pakistan.

Shah, who has also to his credit 5 gold in the South Asian Games history, sustained to be the best boxer of Asia from the time period of 1980 to 1988, a unique prominence won by any Pakistani pugilist so far.

He later shifted to the country Japan, where his son Shah Hussain Shah learned the sports judo and went on to represent the state Pakistan at the global level.


A biopic called “Shah” was released in the state of Pakistan on the day of 14 August 2015. The film chronicles Hussain Shah’s poverty stricken childhood, his rise to popularity as the Asian Boxing Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist, and his subsequent comeback to poverty and ultimately his migration to the state Japan to coach Japanese boxers. The movie is written and directed by Adnan Sarwar with music by Adnan Sarwar and Farhan Albert.

Olympic results

  • First round bye
  • Defeated Martin Amripallus (Mexico) 3-2
  • Defeated Zoltán Fuzesy (Hungary) 3-2
  • Lost to Egerton Marcus (Canada) 1-4
  • Defeated Serge Kabongo (Zaire) 5-0



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