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Boxing at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 15, 1924
Date Finished: July 20, 1924
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: NOR Otto von Porat
Silver: DEN Søren Petersen
Bronze: ARG Alfredo Porzio

Summary

Two familiar names failed to win their opening bouts in the heavyweight division. Eddie Eagan, who was the light-heavyweight champion from Antwerp and who would become a bobsleigh gold medalist in 1932, was outpointed by the English policeman, Arthur Clifton, whilst Con O'Kelly, Jr., whose father had been a wrestling champion 16 years earlier, also took a swift exit. In the end it was two Scandinavian boxers that contested the final. Dane Søren Petersen had been a finalist in Antwerp but had already been knocked out by Otto von Porat of Norway prior to the Olympics. Petersen struggled to survive the first round but rebounded in the second and had his Norwegian opponent in deep trouble. Von Porat's strong finish tipped the decision in his favour and he became his country's first and so far, only, Olympic boxing champion.

Both finalists turned professional, von Porat emigrated to the USA and became a popular attraction within the Norwegian immigrant communities of Minnesota and Illinois. He eventually became Scandinavian heavyweight champion. Petersen was to become Danish champion but fail in an attempt at the European heavyweight title. In 1931 in Oslo, seven years after their previous meeting, the two men met as professionals with Von Porat claiming a fifth round knockout victory.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Otto von Porat 20 Norway NOR Gold
2 Søren Petersen 29 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Alfredo Porzio 23 Argentina ARG Bronze
4 Henk de Best 19 Netherlands NED
5T Arthur Clifton 26 Great Britain GBR
5T Riccardo Bertazzolo 20 Italy ITA
5T Robert Larsen 25 Denmark DEN
5T Ed Greathouse 24 United States USA
9T Eddie Eagan 26 United States USA
9T Con O'Kelly, Jr. Great Britain GBR
9T Charles Peguilhan 17 France FRA
9T Georges Galinat 19 France FRA
9T Charles Jardine 35 Australia AUS
9T Carlo Scotti 19 Italy ITA
9T Tomasz Konarzewski 19 Poland POL