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1932  Los Angeles Summer Olympics

1932 Summer Olympics - The Results (Boxing)

Boxing at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games

 

  

Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Events: 8

Participants: 85 (85 men and 0 women) from 18 countries
Youngest Participant: CAN Frankie Genovese (16 years, 259 days)
Oldest Participant: ITA Luigi Rovati (27 years, 260 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 24 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (5 medals)

Participating nations

A total of 85 boxers from 18 nations competed at the Los Angeles Games:

 Argentina (8)  Germany (8)  Italy (8)  South Africa (5)
 Canada (7)  Great Britain (3)  Japan (5)  Sweden (3)
 Denmark (2)  Greece (1)  Mexico (6)  United States (8)
 Finland (2)  Hungary (2)  New Zealand (3)
 France (6)  Ireland (4)  Philippines (4)
NOTE: Including one South Korean boxer, who competed for Japan.
  

Overview

The Olympic boxing tournament was held in the 10,000 capacity [Grand Olympic Auditorium], which also held both the [weightlifting] and [wrestling] competitions. A shortage of European competitors meant the numbers of boxers dropped to 85, from just 18 countries. Only four nations, Argentina, Germany, Italy and the United States had participants in every division. The tournament took place from the 9th to the 13th of August. All bouts now consisted of three three-minute rounds, a final round of four minutes duration having been fought in some previous Olympics. Other innovations were the placement of the referee inside the ring instead of at ringside and the use of green and red coloured belts to distinguish the fighters.

These are the results of the boxing competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Medals were awarded in eight weight classes. The competitions were held from August 9 to 13

Medal summary

EventGoldSilverBronze
Flyweight
(−50.8 kg / 112 lb)
István Énekes
 Hungary
Francisco Cabañas
 Mexico
Louis Salica
 United States
Bantamweight
(−53.5 kg / 118 lb)
Horace Gwynne
 Canada
Hans Ziglarski
 Germany
José Villanueva
 Philippines
Featherweight
(−57.2 kg / 126 lb)
Carmelo Robledo
 Argentina
Josef Schleinkofer
 Germany
Allan Carlsson
 Sweden
Lightweight
(−61.2 kg / 135 lb)
Lawrence Stevens
 South Africa
Thure Ahlqvist
 Sweden
Nathan Bor
 United States
Welterweight
(−66.7 kg / 147 lb)
Edward Flynn
 United States
Erich Campe
 Germany
Bruno Ahlberg
 Finland
Middleweight
(−72.6 kg / 160 lb)
Carmen Barth
 United States
Amado Azar
 Argentina
Ernest Peirce
 South Africa
Light heavyweight
(−79.4 kg / 175 lb)
David Carstens
 South Africa
Gino Rossi
 Italy
Peter Jørgensen
 Denmark
Heavyweight
(over 79.4 kg/175 lb)
Santiago Lovell
 Argentina
Luigi Rovati
 Italy
Frederick Feary
 United States
  

Medal table

 
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Argentina (ARG) 2 1 0 3
2  United States (USA) 2 0 3 5
3  South Africa (RSA) 2 0 1 3
4  Canada (CAN) 1 0 0 1
 Hungary (HUN) 1 0 0 1
6  Germany (GER) 0 3 0 3
7  Italy (ITA) 0 2 0 2
8  Sweden (SWE) 0 1 1 2
9  Mexico (MEX) 0 1 0 1
10  Denmark (DEN) 0 0 1 1
 Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
 Philippines (PHI) 0 0 1 1
Totals (12 nations) 8 8 8 24
 

Men's Flyweight

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Twelve boxers from twelve nations competed

  

Summary

The favourites in this class were [István Énekes] of Hungary, the European champion, [Werner Spannagel] of Germany, the exotically named Italian [Edelweiss Rodriguez] and the home favourite [Lou Salica]. Fate decreed that all four were placed in the same half of the draw. Énekes was knocked to the floor in his quarter-final bout with Rodriguez but did enough to ensure his place in the semi-finals whilst Salica outpointed the European championship bronze medal winner Spannagel.

Énekes, a railway conductor from Budapest defeated Salica in the last four, the decision being deeply unpopular amongst the spectators, earning him the right to face [Francisco Cabañas] of Mexico in the final. Cabañas, the surprise package of the division had been forced to borrow money from friends and family to finance his trip to California. The Mexican was outfought by the Hungarian in the final but at least had the satisfaction of being the first boxing medal winner from his country.

István Énekes won another European amateur crown in 1934 but sadly, his life was to end at his own hands before his 30th birthday whilst Werner Spannagel was a victim of World War II. In contrast, Lou Salica had a long and successful professional career, twice winning versions of the world bantamweight title.

The men's flyweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the lightest contested, and allowed boxers of up to 112 pounds (50.8 kilograms). The competition was held from Tuesday, August 9, 1932 to Saturday, August 13, 1932. Twelve boxers from twelve nations competed

Results

  Round of 16
August 9
  Quarterfinals
August 10
  Semifinals
August 11
  Final
August 13
                                     
       
           Thomas Pardoe (GBR) PTS  
           Kiyonobu Murakami (JPN) L  
             Thomas Pardoe (GBR) L  
             Francisco Cabañas (MEX) PTS  
           Francisco Cabañas (MEX) PTS  
           Ivan Duke (RSA) L  
             Francisco Cabañas (MEX) L
   Louis Salica (USA) PTS        István Énekes (HUN) PTS
   Jackie Callura (CAN) L      Louis Salica (USA) PTS  
   Werner Spannagel (GER) PTS      Werner Spannagel (GER) L  
   Juan José Trillo (ARG) L        Louis Salica (USA) L   Bronze medal bout
   István Énekes (HUN) PTS        István Énekes (HUN) PTS  
   Gaston Fayaud (FRA) L      István Énekes (HUN) PTS    Louis Salica (USA) W
   Edelweis Rodriguez (ITA) PTS      Edelweis Rodriguez (ITA) L    Thomas Pardoe (GBR) w/o

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 István Énekes 21 Hungary HUN Gold  
2 Francisco Cabañas 20 Mexico MEX Silver  
3 Lou Salica 19 United States USA Bronze  
4 Tommy Pardoe 21 Great Britain GBR    
5T Kiyonobu Murakami 24 Japan JPN    
5T Ivan Duke 18 South Africa RSA    
5T Werner Spannagel 22 Germany GER    
5T Edelweiss Rodriguez 21 Italy ITA    
9T Jackie Callura 17 Canada CAN    
9T Juan Trillo 23 Argentina ARG    
9T Gaston Fayaud 17 France FRA    
9T John Gray 26 Philippines PHI  
 

Men's Bantamweight

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Ten boxers from ten nations competed

 

Summary

All three of the 1930 European Championship medallists were present in Los Angeles, [Ziglarski] of Germany, the Italian [Melis] and France’s [Paul Nicolas]. Along with home fighter [Joseph Lang] they were considered strong medal candidates.

Canadian [Horace "Lefty" Gwynne] was another who impressed in the year before the Games and was the possessor of a vicious left hook that gave him his nickname. In the last eight Gwynne defeated Melis with surprising ease, dumping him on the canvas in the second round thanks to a right hook and generally punching him around the ring. If anything, his victory over [José Luis Villanueva] of the Philippines in the semi-finals was even more decisive, although Villanueva at least had the satisfaction of staying on his feet throughout. Ziglarski of Germany came through the other half of the draw, the American Joseph Lang losing out in the semi-final.

The much anticipated final turned out to be a mismatch, Gwynne won the first round and in the second produced a left-right combination that floored the German for a two-count. By the end of the third round, there was no doubt who was the victor and the Canadian, who had emerged as a favourite with fans, was credited with an overwhelming points victory. The legendary writer Damon Runyan, who was present at ringside, remarked "Of all the Olympic champions, I like this kid Gwynne the best".

Gwynne’s English born father had returned to his native country to fight in World War I and it was there that Horace began boxing, fighting exhibitions with his brother to entertain British army troops when they were just four and six respectively. Turning professional after the Games, he had 40 pro fights and became Canadian bantamweight champion before the lack of big money fights for fighters in the lighter weights forced him into retirement. He later became a jockey's agent where he earned himself another nickname, "10% Gwynne"; from the share he demanded from his clients earnings.

The men's bantamweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the second-lightest contested, and allowed boxers of up to 119 pounds (54.0 kilograms). The competition was held from Tuesday, August 9, 1932 to Saturday, August 13, 1932. Ten boxers from ten nations competed

Results

  Round of 16
August 9
  Quarterfinals
August 10
  Semifinals
August 11
  Final
August 13
                                     
       
           Horace Gwynne (CAN) PTS  
           Vito Melis (ITA) L  
             Horace Gwynne (CAN) PTS  
             José Villanueva (PHI) L  
           José Villanueva (PHI) PTS  
           Akira Nakao (JPN) L  
             Horace Gwynne (CAN) PTS
             Hans Ziglarski (GER) L
           Hans Ziglarski (GER) PTS  
           Paul Nicolas (FRA) L  
             Hans Ziglarski (GER) PTS   Bronze medal bout
   Joseph Lang (USA) PTS        Joseph Lang (USA) L  
   Sabino Tirado (MEX) L      Joseph Lang (USA) W    José Villanueva (PHI) W
   Carlos Pereyra (ARG) PTS      Carlos Pereyra (ARG) w/o    Joseph Lang (USA) w/o
   Patrick Hughes (IRL) L  
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Lefty Gwynne 19 Canada CAN Gold  
2 Hans Ziglarski 26 Germany GER Silver  
3 José Luis Villanueva 19 Philippines PHI Bronze  
4 Joseph Lang 21 United States USA    
5T Vito Melis 23 Italy ITA    
5T Akira Nakao 22 Japan JPN    
5T Paul Nicolas   France FRA    
5T Carlos Pereyra 21 Argentina ARG    
9T Sabino Tirado   Mexico MEX    
9T Paddy Hughes 23 Ireland IRL  

 

 

Men's Featherweight

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Ten boxers from ten nations competed

 

Summary

[Carmelo Robledo] was a teenage office clerk from Argentina who had reached the quarter-finals in Amsterdam. In Los Angeles he used his physical strength to win three straight decisions and take the Olympic title. The final had started quietly but [Scheinklofer] of Germany increased the tempo in the second round and was reported as "letting his fists fly". The German tired in the final three minutes but his supporters still believed he had done enough to claim victory.

The American entrant [Johnny Hines] went out to [Carlsson] of Sweden in the quarter-finals, hampered by cuts above both eyes he had received in his first round fight.

The men's featherweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the third-lightest contested, and allowed boxers of up to 126 pounds (57.2 kilograms). The competition was held from Tuesday, August 9, 1932 to Saturday, August 13, 1932. Ten boxers from ten nations competed

Results

Round of 16
August 9
  Quarterfinals
August 10
  Semifinals
August 11
  Final
August 13
                           
 Josef Schleinkofer (GER) -  
Bye -      Schleinkofer (GER) PTS  
 John Keller (CAN) -    Keller (CAN) L  
Bye -        Schleinkofer (GER) PTS  
 Gaspare Alessandri (ITA) -        Alessandri (ITA) L  
Bye -      Alessandri (ITA) PTS
 Henri Walter (FRA) -    Walter (FRA) L  
Bye -        Schleinkofer (GER) L
 Carmelo Robledo (ARG) -        Robledo (ARG) PTS
Bye -      Robledo (ARG) PTS  
 Ernest Smith (IRL) -    Smith (IRL) L  
Bye -        Robledo (ARG) PTS   Bronze medal bout
 Allan Carlsson (SWE) PTS        Carlsson (SWE) L  
 Katsuo Kameoka (JPN) L      Carlsson (SWE) PTS    Carlsson (SWE) PTS
 John Hines (USA) PTS    Hines (USA) L      Alessandri (ITA) L
 Miguel Araico (MEX) L  
 
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Carmelo Robledo 20 Argentina ARG Gold  
2 Josef Schleinkofer 22 Germany GER Silver  
3 Allan Carlsson 21 Sweden SWE Bronze  
4 Gaspare Alessandri 24 Italy ITA    
5T Johnny Keller   Canada CAN    
5T Henri Walter   France FRA    
5T Ernie Smith   Ireland IRL    
5T Johnny Hines 20 United States USA    
9T Katsuo Kameoka 27 Japan JPN    
9T Miguel Araico   Mexico MEX  
 

Men's Lightweight

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Thirteen boxers from 13 nations competed

 

Summary

The favourite for this event was considered to be [Nat Bor] of Massachusetts, the reigning United States amateur champion, although [Bianchini] of Italy was the 1930 European champion and both [Mizler] of Great Britain and the South African [Laurie Stevens] had won titles at the inaugural British Empire Games, albeit in lower weight divisions. Mizler had the misfortune to be drawn against Bor in his first bout and the home crowd cheered the American on to victory. Another first round loser was the Japanese fighter [Otsu Shuko], although born in Japan; Shuko was an ethnic Korean, the first to compete in Olympic boxing, and known in his mother language as Hwang Eul-Su.

Bor was not however destined to be Olympic champion; his performance in the semi-final against the tall Swede [Thure Ahlqvist] was described as sluggish and disappointing, Ahlqvist using his height and reach advantage to keep his opponent at bay whilst occasionally landing stiff right hands to the jaw of the American. The other semi saw the demise of the Italian Bianchini, conclusively defeated on points by Stevens of South Africa. Ahlqvist could not repeat his semi-final performance in the gold medal bout and Stevens became the first of two South African boxers to win gold medals in the Olympic Auditorium.

As a professional Stevens’ career suffered from the outbreak of the Second World War. He had been South African lightweight and welterweight champion and with a victory over the legendary Englishman, Jack "Kid" Berg, become the lightweight champion of the British Empire. Any hopes he had of fighting for the world title never came true and he retired in 1945 after a knockout defeat. Nat Bor won 47 of his first 48 professional fights but his career fizzled out and he would never fight for a title belt, Mauro Bianchini would go on to be Italian national welterweight champion and Harry Mizler would also go on to be a national champion as a pro.

The men's lightweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the fourth-lightest contested, and allowed boxers of up to 135 pounds (61.2 kilograms). The competition was held from Tuesday, August 9, 1932 to Saturday, August 13, 1932. Thirteen boxers from 13 nations competed

 

Results

Round of 16
August 9
  Quarterfinals
August 10
  Semifinals
August 11
  Final
August 13
                           
 Thure Ahlqvist (SWE) -  
Bye -      Ahlqvist (SWE) PTS  
 Gaston Mayor (FRA) PTS    Mayor (FRA) L  
 Manuel Ponce (MEX) L        Ahlqvist (SWE) PTS  
 Nathan Bor (USA) PTS        Bor (USA) L  
 Harry Mizler (GBR) L      Bor (USA) -
- -   Bye -  
- -        Ahlqvist (SWE) L
 Mario Bianchini (ITA) PTS        Stevens (RSA) PTS
 Bob Purdie (NZL) L      Bianchini (ITA) PTS  
 Frankie Genovese (CAN) PTS    Genovese (CAN) L  
 Eduardo Vargas (ARG) L        Bianchini (ITA) L   Bronze medal bout
 Franz Kartz (GER) PTS        Stevens (RSA) PTS  
 Otsu Shoko (JPN)[2] L      Kartz (GER) L    Bor (USA) PTS
 Lawrence Stevens (RSA) PTS    Stevens (RSA) PTS      Bianchini (ITA) L
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Laurie Stevens 19 South Africa RSA Gold  
2 Thure Ahlqvist 25 Sweden SWE Silver  
3 Nat Bor 19 United States USA Bronze  
4 Mario Bianchini 18 Italy ITA    
5T Gaston Mayor 24 France FRA    
5T Frankie Genovese 16 Canada CAN    
5T Franz Kartz 25 Germany GER    
8T Manuel Ponce   Mexico MEX    
8T Bob Purdie 21 New Zealand NZL    
8T Eduardo Vargas 22 Argentina ARG    
8T Otsu Shuko   Japan JPN    
8T José Padilla 21 Philippines PHI    
8T Harry Mizler 19 Great Britain GBR    
 

Men's Welterweight

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Sixteen boxers from 16 nations competed.

 

Summary

Sixteen boxers, the most in any weight division at the 1932 Olympic Games, competed in the welterweight division. [Bruno Ahlberg] of Finland impressed in the early rounds, earning a standing ovation from the crowd for the performance against the Italian [Fabbroni]. In contrast the USA’s [Eddie Flynn] had a difficult time in his quarter-final, he had knocked [Dick Barton] to the canvas early in the fight but the South African recovered and had a barnstorming final round. Flynn’s early advantage proved just enough to see him through. Another quarter-final saw the defeat of one of the title favourites, the Mexican [Al Romero]. Romero had [McCleave] of Britain on the canvas on no less than five occasions but the last one was the result of a low blow and having already been given a warning, he was disqualified. His protests came to nothing. No less than an hour later, he had signed a professional contract and made his debut in the same ring six weeks later.

The semi-final round saw Flynn box his way past McCleave while Ahlberg went down to defeat against [Erich Campe], a German policeman. The final was a close one but Flynn was awarded the decision by 60-59 to the delight of the American crowd.

Eddie Flynn, originally from New Orleans, was a dentistry student at Loyola University who supplemented his income by working as a janitor for $60 a month. He was reputed to have been undefeated in 144 bouts in the amateur code. Picked out by "Time" magazine as the outstanding fighter at the 1932 AAU finals, he insisted he had no intention of turning professional; four months after his Olympic triumph, he turned professional. He lost seven of his thirty pro bouts and never fought for a title although the money earned helped him set up a dental practice.

The men's welterweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the fourth-heaviest contested, and allowed boxers of up to 147 pounds (66.7 kilograms). The competition was held from Tuesday, August 9, 1932 to Saturday, August 13, 1932. Sixteen boxers from 16 nations competed

Results

Round of 16
August 9
  Quarterfinals
August 11
  Semifinals
August 12
  Final
August 13
                           
 Edward Flynn (USA) PTS  
 Luis Sardella (ARG) L      Flynn (USA) PTS  
 Dick Barton (RSA) PTS    Barton (RSA) L  
 Larry Flood (IRL) L        Flynn (USA) PTS  
 Lucien Laplace (FRA) PTS        McCleave (GBR) L  
 Carlos Padilla (PHI) L      Laplace (FRA) L
 Dave McCleave (GBR) W    McCleave (GBR) PTS  
 Al Romero (MEX) DIS        Flynn (USA) PTS
 Erich Campe (GER) PTS        Campe (GER) L
 Aikoku Hirabayashi (JPN) L      Campe (GER) PTS  
 Carl Jensen (DEN) PTS    Jensen (DEN) L  
 Nils Althin (SWE) L        Campe (GER) PTS   Bronze medal bout
 Luciano Fabbroni (ITA) PTS        Ahlberg (FIN) L  
 Harold Thomas (NZL) L      Fabbroni (ITA) L    Ahlberg (FIN) wo
 Bruno Ahlberg (FIN) PTS    Ahlberg (FIN) PTS      McCleave (GBR) -
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Eddie Flynn 22 United States USA Gold  
2 Erich Campe 20 Germany GER Silver  
3 Bruno Ahlberg 21 Finland FIN Bronze  
4 Dave McCleave 20 Great Britain GBR    
5T Carl Jensen 22 Denmark DEN    
5T Luciano Fabbroni 20 Italy ITA    
5T Dick Barton 20 South Africa RSA    
5T Lucien Laplace   France FRA    
9T Luis Sardella 21 Argentina ARG    
9T Larry Flood 20 Ireland IRL    
9T Carlos Padilla 22 Philippines PHI    
9T Al Romero 20 Mexico MEX    
9T Aikoku Hirabayashi 23 Japan JPN    
9T Nils Althin 27 Sweden SWE    
9T Harold Thomas 23 New Zealand NZL    
9T Tony Mancini   Canada CAN  
 

Men's Middleweight

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Ten boxers from ten nations competed

 

Summary

The German [Bernlöhr] was considered his country’s strongest hope but fell to [Michelot] of France in their quarter-final bout that was described as a "severe injustice" by German sources.

19-year old Cleveland native [Carmen Barth]’s bout with the Mexican middleweight [Manuel Cruz] ended with Cruz having the unfortunate distinction of being the only victim of a clean knockout at the LA Olympics. Whilst reports agree that the American was untroubled in winning his first two bouts needed to take the gold medal, reports of the final vary. American newspapers described him as "drumming a victory tattoo on the body of his Argentine opponent". Other reports claim that, though boxing wildly, [Amado Azar] was still better than his more precise American opponent. The Argentinean was so upset when he wasn’t given the fight that he immediately left the ring and did not stay for the customary picture with the winner.

Roger Michelot of France lost in the last eight but returned four years later to take light-heavyweight gold in Berlin. Tragically, New Zealand representative [Bert Lowe] was long dead by then, a victim of a brain injury suffered in only his fourth professional fight.

The men's middleweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the third-heaviest contested, and allowed boxers of up to 160 pounds (72.6 kilograms). The competition was held from Tuesday, August 9, 1932 to Saturday, August 13, 1932. Ten boxers from ten nations competed

 

Results

Round of 16
August 9
  Quarterfinals
August 10
  Semifinals
August 11
  Final
August 13
                           
 Carmen Barth (USA)  
bye      Barth (USA) W  
 Manuel Cruz (MEX)    Cruz (MEX) KO2  
bye        Barth (USA) PTS  
 Ernest Peirce (RSA)        Peirce (RSA) L  
bye      Peirce (RSA) PTS
 Lajos Szigeti (HUN)    Szigeti (HUN) L  
bye        Barth (USA) PTS
 Amado Azar (ARG)        Azar (ARG) L
bye      Azar (ARG) PTS  
 Aldo Longinotti (ITA)    Longinotti (ITA) L  
bye        Azar (ARG) PTS   Bronze medal bout
 Roger Michelot (FRA) PTS        Michelot (FRA) L  
 Louis Lavoie (CAN) L      Michelot (FRA) PTS    Peirce (RSA) wo
 Hans Bernlöhr (GER) PTS    Bernlöhr (GER) L      Michelot (FRA) -
 Bert Lowe (NZL) L  
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Carmen Barth 19 United States USA Gold  
2 Amado Azar 18 Argentina ARG Silver  
3 Eddie Peirce 22 South Africa RSA Bronze  
4 Roger Michelot 20 France FRA    
5T Manuel Cruz   Mexico MEX    
5T Lajos Szigeti 25 Hungary HUN    
5T Aldo Longinotti 22 Italy ITA    
5T Hans Bernlöhr 25 Germany GER    
9T Louis Lavoie   Canada CAN    
9T Bert Lowe 20 New Zealand NZL  
 

Men's Light-Heavyweight

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament

Eight boxers from eight nations competed

 

Summary

Only eight boxers contested the light-heavyweight class. [Jim Murphy] of Ireland sprung a surprise by defeating home hope [Johnny Miler] but was himself outpointed in the semi-final by the 24-year Italian [Gino Rossi]. The pairing of the South African [Dave Carstens] and the Dane [Peter Jørgensen] in the last four was reported as being the best of the Games, the hard-punching Carstens edging his way to victory.

Carstens, who worked as a diamond cutter in his native country, slugged his way to victory in the final. In another close fight, the South African earned the judges vote over Italy’s Gino Rossi. Both finalists turned professional, albeit with little success.

The men's light heavyweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the second-heaviest contested, and allowed boxers of up to 175 pounds (79.4 kilograms). The competition was held from Wednesday, August 10, 1932 to Saturday, August 13, 1932. Eight boxers from eight nations competed.

 

Results

  Quarterfinals
August 10
  Semifinals
August 11
  Final
August 13
                     
             
 
   Gino Rossi (ITA) PTS
   
   Nikolaos Mastoridis (GRE) L  
   Rossi (ITA) wo
   
     Murphy (IRL) -  
   William Murphy (IRL) PTS
     
   Johnny Miler (USA) L  
   Rossi (ITA) L
   
     Carstens (RSA) PTS
   Peter Jørgensen (DEN) PTS
     
   Rafael Lang (ARG) L  
   Jørgensen (DEN) L
   
     Carstens (RSA) PTS   Third place
   David Carstens (RSA) PTS
     
   Hans Berger (GER) L  
   Jørgensen (DEN) wo
   
   Murphy (IRL) -
 
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Dave Carstens   South Africa RSA Gold  
2 Gino Rossi 24 Italy ITA Silver  
3 Peter Jørgensen 25 Denmark DEN Bronze  
4 Jim Murphy   Ireland IRL    
5T Nikolaos Mastoridis   Greece GRE    
5T Johnny Miler 21 United States USA    
5T Rafael Lang 21 Argentina ARG    
5T Hans Berger 26 Germany GER  
 

Men's Heavyweight

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 10, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Six boxers from six nations competed

 

Summary

With only six participants, this was the least populated division in Los Angeles. Ironically, the largest man to set foot in the Olympic ring may well have been one of the referees, Captain Mabbutt of the USA. The crowd was often heard shouting "Sit down!" when he was obstructing their view of the fighting.

[Alberto Lovell] of Argentina, considered by his countrymen as a "new Jack Dempsey", defeated future European amateur champion [Gunnar Bärlund] of Finland in the opening round then demolished the unfortunate Canadian [George Maughan] to reach the final. The California native, [Fred Feary], lost to Italian southpaw [Luigi Rovati] in the other semi-final. The Argentine favoured power over finesse but his performance was enough to edge his way to a points victory and take the gold medal and become the first black Olympic heavyweight champion.

If Lovell expected a hero’s welcome back in Buenos Aires, it certainly did not happen. An argument over the standard of food provided on the boat journey home led to Lovell punching one of the ship’s officers, this led to a near-riot involving other members of the Argentine Olympic squad. Singled out as a ringleader, Lovell was kept in custody for the rest of the voyage. Rather than being greeted with a ticker-tape reception he was instead escorted to the nearest police station.

Although Lovell was knocked out in his professional début, he went on to have a long and successful career. Holder of the Argentine heavyweight title for fifteen years, he was also South American champion and only lost eight of his eighty-eight fights. His second knockout defeat came in his last fight, at the hands of the great American stylist, Archie Moore. Lovell came from a family of heavyweight boxers, his brother [Guillermo] was the silver medallist four years later in Berlin. His son [Santiago] boxed in Tokyo and went on to box professionally with some success and another son, Pedro, was also a professional fighter and played the part of "Spider Rico" in the first and last "Rocky" movies.

The men's heavyweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the heaviest contested, and allowed boxers over 175 pounds (79.4 kilograms). The competition was held from Wednesday, August 10, 1932 to Saturday, August 13, 1932. Six boxers from six nations competed

Results

  Quarterfinals
August 10
  Semifinals
August 11
  Final
August 13
                     
             
 
   Luigi Rovati (ITA)
   
  bye  
   Rovati (ITA) PTS
   
     Feary (USA) L  
   Frederick Feary (USA)
     
  bye  
   Rovati (ITA) L
   
     Lovell (ARG) PTS
   George Maughan (CAN) PTS
     
   Heinz Kohlhaas (GER) L  
   Maughan (CAN) TKO
   
     Lovell (ARG) W   Third place
   Santiago Lovell (ARG) PTS
     
   Gunnar Bärlund (FIN) L  
   Feary (USA) wo
   
   Maughan (CAN) -
 

Final Standings

 
RankAthleteAgeTeamNOCMedal 
1 Alberto Lovell 20 Argentina ARG Gold  
2 Luigi Rovati 27 Italy ITA Silver  
3 Fred Feary 20 United States USA Bronze  
4 George Maughan 22 Canada CAN    
5T Heinz Kohlhaas 20 Germany GER    
5T Gunnar Bärlund 22 Finland FIN  
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