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Boxing at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Eddie Flynn
Silver: GER Erich Campe
Bronze: FIN Bruno Ahlberg

Summary

Sixteen boxers, the most in any weight division at the 1932 Olympic Games, competed in the welterweight division. Bruno Ahlberg of Finland impressed in the early rounds, earning a standing ovation from the crowd for the performance against the Italian Fabbroni. In contrast the USA’s Eddie Flynn had a difficult time in his quarter-final, he had knocked Robert Barton to the canvas early in the fight but the South African recovered and had a barnstorming final round. Flynn’s early advantage proved just enough to see him through. Another quarter-final saw the defeat of one of the title favourites, the Mexican Alberto Romero. Romero had McCleave of Britain on the canvas on no less than five occasions but the last one was the result of a low blow and having already been given a warning, he was disqualified. His protests came to nothing. No less than an hour later, he had signed a professional contract and made his debut in the same ring six weeks later.

The semi-final round saw Flynn box his way past McCleave while Ahlberg went down to defeat against Erich Campe, a German policeman. The final was a close one but Flynn was awarded the decision by 60-59 to the delight of the American crowd.

Eddie Flynn, originally from New Orleans, was a dentistry student at Loyola University who supplemented his income by working as a janitor for $60 a month. He was reputed to have been undefeated in 144 bouts in the amateur code. Picked out by “Time” magazine as the outstanding fighter at the 1932 AAU finals, he insisted he had no intention of turning professional; four months after his Olympic triumph, he turned professional. He lost seven of his thirty pro bouts and never fought for a title although the money earned helped him set up a dental practice.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Eddie Flynn 22 United States USA Gold
2 Erich Campe 20 Germany GER Silver
3 Bruno Ahlberg 21 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Dave McCleave 20 Great Britain GBR
5T Carl Jensen 22 Denmark DEN
5T Luciano Fabbroni 20 Italy ITA
5T Dick Barton 20 South Africa RSA
5T Lucien Laplace France FRA
9T Luis Sardella 21 Argentina ARG
9T James Flood 20 Ireland IRL
9T Carlos Padilla 21 Philippines PHI
9T Al Romero 20 Mexico MEX
9T Aikoku Hirabayashi 23 Japan JPN
9T Nils Althin 27 Sweden SWE
9T Harold Thomas New Zealand NZL
9T Tony Mancini Canada CAN