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Boxing at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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 Piero Toscani
Silver: TCH Jan Heřmánek
Bronze: BEL Leonard Steyaert

Summary

The boxing tournament of the 1928 Olympics was a golden age for Italian amateur boxing. In the space of an evening three Italians were crowned as Olympic champions, bantamweight Tamagnini, stylish lightweight Orlandi and the 24 year old Milanese middleweight Piero Toscani. Toscani’s passage to the final took him past Ludvigsen (Denmark) and the Swede Kjällander in the early rounds then on to a semi-final meeting with Belgian Leonard Steyaert. Winning the decision over Steyaert he found himself pitted against the Czech Jan Heřmánek. Heřmánek had reached the final with a victory over Fred Mallin, brother of the double gold medalist Harry Mallin.

Reports suggest Toscani was extremely lucky to have been awarded the decision over Heřmánek in the final and the Czech contingent in the hall were convinced an injustice had occurred. The losing fighter’s supporters picked him up, carried him round the hall and eventually put him down in front of the judge’s table. Heřmánek then had a frank discussion with the judges whilst the demonstration turned to a violent protest in the arena. Not for the first time at the tournament, the police had to step in to restore order.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Piero Toscani 23 Italy ITA Gold
2 Jan Heřmánek 20 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver
3 Leonard Steyaert Belgium BEL Bronze
4 Fred Mallin 26 Great Britain GBR
5T Harry Henderson 23 United States USA
5T Humberto Curi 22 Argentina ARG
5T Oscar Kjällander 26 Sweden SWE
5T Jack Chase Ireland IRL
9T Georges Pixius 27 Luxembourg LUX
9T César Campuzano Spain ESP
9T Jerzy Snoppek 24 Poland POL
9T Michel Langlet France FRA
9T Ingvard Ludvigsen 24 Denmark DEN
9T Honoré Chevrier 24 Canada CAN
9T Alf Wilson South Africa RSA
9T Albert Leidmann 20 Germany GER
17 Georgios Kladis Greece GRE