Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Celebration Hall, Royal Zoological Society, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 21, 1920
Date Finished: August 24, 1920
Format: Single elimination tournament.
Harry Mallin ran through the North Americans to win his gold medal, defeating Americans in the first two rounds and Canadians in the semi-final and final. In the second round against Samuel Lagonia, Lagonia was disqualified for clinching in the second round. The U.S. report stated that the decision was grossly unfair and that it was Mallin who should have been disqualified. However, the Belgian newspapers stated that Mallin was well ahead at the time of the disqualification and that Lagonia was stalling a great deal. Mallin is considered the greatest amateur boxer ever from England. He was apparently never beaten in the ring. In 1924, he returned to the Olympics and became the first boxer to defend an Olympic championship. Lagonia was U.S. AAU Champion from 1919-1921. The 1919 Inter-Allied Champion in this class competed at Antwerp, but Eddie Eagan moved up to the light-heavyweight class.
|1||Harry Mallin||27||Great Britain||GBR||Gold|
|5T||Bob Bradley||South Africa||RSA|
|5T||Samuel Lagonia||22||United States||USA|
|9T||Ted White||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Joseph Cranston||21||United States||USA|