Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 2, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928
Format: Double-elimination tournament.
The defending champion, Oskari Friman of Finland, stopped competing internationally after the 1925 European Championships. The favorite in Amsterdam was likely German Ede Sperling, the 1927 European Champion, but he was expected to be challenged by Hungarian Lajos Keresztes, the silver medalist from Paris and the 1925 European Champion, and the 1926 European champion, Sweden's Harald Pettersson. Another contender was Estonian Osvald Käpp, who three days before had won a gold medal in freestyle at this weight. Käpp and Petersson went out early, losing two matches and were eliminated by bad points. The title came down to a seventh-round match between Sperling and Keresztes which the Magyar won by decision for the gold medal, with Sperling taking silver. A bronze medal match was then held between Finland's Edvard Westerlund, the 1924 middleweight Greco-Roman gold medalist, and Turkey's Tayyar Yalaz, with Westerlund winning on points for his second Olympic medal. Sperling would return to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and win a bronze medal in this class, while Keresztes never again competed internationally.