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Joe Salas

Full name: Joseph "Joe" Salas
Gender: Male
Born: December 23, 1903 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 11, 1987 in Carlsbad, California, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Joe Salas won the National AAU title in 1924, which also served as the Olympic trials. Also chosen to represent the U.S. as a featherweight was Salas' good friend, and Los Angeles AC clubmate, Jackie Fields. At the Paris Olympics both Fields and Salas won their preliminary matches easily and met in the finals. It was a very close fight, but Fields was given the decision in three rounds. After the verdict was given the two fighters embraced in the ring while two American flags were raised. Back in the United States public interest demanded another fight between the two friends. Again Fields defeated Salas in their last amateur fight. They turned professional and debuted against one another in late 1924 – with Fields again winning, this time a 10-round decision. Joe Salas continued to fight professionally for several years but he never lived up to his initial promise.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 20 Paris Boxing Men's Featherweight United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1924 Summer 20 Paris Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 2 1924-07-20 Fields (USA) , Salas (USA)
1924 Summer 20 Paris Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-19 Salas (USA) , Devergnies (BEL) decision
1924 Summer 20 Paris Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1924-07-18 Salas (USA) , Petrarca (ITA) disqualified 2
1924 Summer 20 Paris Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #7 1 1924-07-16 Salas (USA) , Levij (NED) decision
1924 Summer 20 Paris Boxing United States USA Round One Match #13 1 1924-07-15 Salas (USA) , Burlie (CAN) knock-out 3