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Boxing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London; Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 7, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: HUN Tibor Csík
Silver: ITA Gianni Zuddas
Bronze: PUR Juan Venegas

Summary

Arnoldo Pares of Argentina was considered by many as the favourite, having lost just five of his 195 amateur bouts. Future world professional champion, Vic Toweel of South Africa, lost to Pares in the opening match, but Pares was not to match the achievements of his flyweight and heavyweight team-mates and was defeated by Australia’s Jimmy Carruthers in the second round. Carruthers was unfortunate to sustain an eye injury in that match and had to withdraw from the tournament.

The beneficiary of Carruthers’ misfortune was the Hungarian boxer Tibor Csik and he proved able to maximize his opportunity. The Hungarian used his speed and mobility to outscore Italy’s Gianni Zuddas in the final.

Csik left Hungary and lived in Australia until his death in 1976. Juan Venegas became the first Puerto Rican to stand on the Olympic podium when he defeated his Spanish opponent in the bronze medal match.

In 1950, Vic Towell became the first South African to hold a universally recognised world professional title after defeating Manuel Ortiz. After four defences, he lost to Jimmy Carruthers on a first round knockout in a bout refereed by 1924 Olympic bantamweight champion, Willy Smith. Carruthers had an unusual ally helping him to weigh inside the bantamweight limit – after his retirement he was found to have been carrying a 30 foot long tapeworm inside him.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tibor Csík 20 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Gianni Zuddas 20 Italy ITA Silver
3 Juan Venegas 19 Puerto Rico PUR Bronze
4 Álvaro Vicente 20 Spain ESP
5T Albert Perera Sri Lanka SRI
5T Jimmy Carruthers 19 Australia AUS
5T Celestino González Chile CHI
5T Willie Lenihan Ireland IRL
9T Hardy Saw Myanmar MYA
9T Babu Lall India IND
9T Santiago Rivera Peru PER
9T Arnoldo Parés Argentina ARG
9T Edel Ojeda 19 Mexico MEX
9T Pedro Carrizo Uruguay URU
9T Olavi Ouvinen 21 Finland FIN
9T Jean-Marie Grenot France FRA
17T Louis Calebout 19 Belgium BEL
17T Allan Monteiro Pakistan PAK
17T Bertil Ahlin 21 Sweden SWE
17T Manoel do Nascimento 21 Brazil BRA
17T Vic Toweel 20 South Africa RSA
17T Fred Daigle 17 Canada CAN
17T Tommy Proffitt 21 Great Britain GBR
17T Emanoul Aghasi 17 Iran IRI
17T Hermann Mazurkiewitsch 22 Austria AUT
17T Wawrzyniec Bazarnik 21 Poland POL
17T Roger Behm 19 Luxembourg LUX
17T Erik Thastum 22 Denmark DEN
17T Bonifacio Zarcal 28 Philippines PHI
17T Bill Bossio 20 United States USA