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Fred Grace

Full name: Frederick "Fred" Grace
Gender: Male
Born: February 29, 1884 in Edmonton, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: July 23, 1964 in Ilford, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Eton Mission Amateur Boxing Club/Eton Old Boys Amateur Boxing Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Fred Grace of Elton Mission BC was one of the less fancied competitors in the 1908 British Olympic boxing team. He had never won a major title and he was, by his own admission, woefully short of training. However, in the quarter-finals he scored an outstanding win over Matt Wells, who later became the British and European professional champion. In the final Grace met Fred Spiller of Gainsford AC when, after an even first round and both boxers going down in the second round, the superior skills of Grace eventually ensured a comfortable victory. Fred Grace went on to win four ABA lightweight titles between 1909 and 1920 but as boxing was illegal in Sweden in 1912 he was denied the opportunity of defending his Olympic title when at his peak. He did made a second Olympic appearance in 1920 but they then he was 36 years old and after beating a Dutchman in his first bout he lost to the eventual winner, Sammy Mosberg of America. Grace retired from his business as a heating and ventilating engineer in 1949 and while out walking one day was struck by a car, receiving injuries which proved fatal.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Men's Lightweight Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Boxing Men's Lightweight Great Britain GBR 5T

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-10-27 Grace (GBR) , Spiller (GBR) decision
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1908-10-27 Grace (GBR) bye
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1908-10-27 Grace (GBR) , Wells (GBR) decision
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #6 1 1908-10-27 Grace (GBR) , Fearman (GBR) decision
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Boxing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1920-08-22 Mosberg (USA) , Grace (GBR)
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #2 1 Grace (GBR) , Nak (NED) decision
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