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Boxing at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 7, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Carlo Orlandi
Silver: USA Steve Halaiko
Bronze: SWE Gunnar Berggren

Summary

The previous year’s European champion did not compete in this division in Amsterdam, as Jacob Domgörgen of Germany, was not selected as the European featherweight champion Franz Dübbers had moved up a weight division. Dubbers was considered as one of the favourites, along with the American national champion Steve Halaiko and Sweden’s Gunnar Berggren, but was put out of the tournament by the unheralded Argentine Pascual Bonfiglio. The deaf-mute Italian Carlo Orlandi had the most impressive performance of the quarter-finals, dispatching Cecil Bissett of Rhodesia inside the first round and consolidated this effort by outpointing Nielsen of Denmark in the semi-final stage. The second semi-final saw Halaiko and Berggren enter the ring together. Halaiko was given the decision, which was unpopular with the Swedish fans and led to brief clashes between Swedes and Americans in the arena. The final was another close contest, the judges this time siding with the Italian over the American.

Both finalists went on to long pro careers; Orlandi had spells as national lightweight and welterweight champion and was also European champion at lightweight. A crushing defeat to the Puerto Rican Pedro Montanez in 1935 left him in hospital for three months and his career lost momentum after that, although he did record nearly 100 victories. New Yorker Halaiko also had over a century of professional bouts.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carlo Orlandi 18 Italy ITA Gold
2 Steve Halaiko 19 United States USA Silver
3 Gunnar Berggren 20 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Hans Nielsen 28 Denmark DEN
5T David Baan 19 Netherlands NED
5T Cecil Bissett Zimbabwe ZIM
5T Pascual Bonfiglio 21 Argentina ARG
5T Jorge Díaz Chile CHI
9T Fred Webster 19 Great Britain GBR
9T Metty Sancassiani 21 Luxembourg LUX
9T Roberto Sanz 20 Spain ESP
9T Carlos Orellana Mexico MEX
9T Witold Majchrzycki 19 Poland POL
9T Franz Dübbers 20 Germany GER
9T Georges Carcagne France FRA
9T Bobbie Smith South Africa RSA
17T Tomáš Pötsch Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Sándor Szobolevszky Hungary HUN
17T Valfrid Resch 17 Finland FIN
17T Haakon Lind 21 Norway NOR
17T William O'Shea Ireland IRL
17T Kazys Markevičius 23 Lithuania LTU
17T Pierre Godart Belgium BEL
17T Frank Battaglia 17 Canada CAN