Syed Hussain Shah: The Notable Boxer of Sindh, Pakistan

Syed Hussain Shah is a renowned boxer from the area of Liyari, Karachi city, Pakistan, who won the bronze medal in the Middleweight division (71–75 kg) at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. This was the first ever Olympic boxing medal of coutry. He sustains to be the mere Pakistani sportsperson to win an individual medal at the Olympic Games in the last 50-plus years. Just other Pakistani to ever win an individual Olympic medal is the wrestler Muhammad Bashir, who won a bronze medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

Family of Syed Hussain Shah

Syed Hussain Shah is the father of Shah Hussain Shah a judoka who competes in the -100 kg division. Hussain shah belongs to a Kutchi family.

Earlier Career

At the 1988 Olympics, he shared the podium with Kenya’s Chris Sande. He was Pakistan’s first boxer to win any medal in olympic boxing. In the year of 1989, Lyari born boxer received Sitara-i-Imtiaz medal from 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 rare prominence achieved by any Pakistani pugilist so far.

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


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

Olympic results

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


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