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 was Finn [Edvard Westerlund], who competed in Amsterdam, but dropped down to lightweight, where he won a bronze medal. The last two European Championships had been won by Hungarian [László Papp] (1927) and Dane [Johannes Jacobsen] (1926). In Westerlund's absence the Finnish entry was [Väinö Kokkinen], who dominated the class, winning five straight matches by falls, after a bye in the first round, to take the gold medal. Kokkinen would return in 1932 and defend his gold medal. Papp and Jacobsen both made it to the medal matches, with Papp earning a silver medal by defeating Estonian [Albert Kusnets], while Jacobsen lost by fall to Kokkinen and dropped off the podium.