Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 7, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928
Format: Single elimination tournament.
US boxers had dominated the flyweight division the three times it had previously been held and Hymie Miller, the reigning US national amateur champion, was favoured to continue this proud record. In his first bout however, he was surprisingly defeated by the Belgian Marcel Santos. The decision of the judges was greeted with shock by the American team officials and the US delegation briefly considered withdrawing all their boxers from the Games. When US boxing team manager Jacob Stumpf approached American Olympic committee president General Douglas Mcarthur with a view to abandoning the competition, he was told "Americans never quit" and the US boxers continued in the tournament. Lennart Bohman, the Swede who had been the 1927 European champion, also failed to win a single bout, losing to the German Hubert Ausböck. The final matched Antal Kocsis of Hungary with the Frenchman, Armand Apell. Kocsis, who was the losing finalist in the previous year’s European championship won the verdict and became the first Hungarian gold medalist in boxing.
|4||Buddy Lebanon||17||South Africa||RSA|
|5T||Cuthbert Taylor||18||Great Britain||GBR|
|17T||Hymie Miller||17||United States||USA|