Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 7, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948
Format: Single elimination tournament.
The featherweight division was blighted by more than a fair share of controversial judging decisions. The second round bout between the US’s Eddie Johnson and Basilio Alves of Uruguay was awarded to the American amid howls of protest from Alves’s supporters. For a quarter of an hour the crowd expressed their displeasure and the Uruguayan was carried around the hall on the shoulders of his countrymen. More protests followed in the last eight with the American and Canadian teams convinced that their men had been unjustly treated but things eventually came to a climax in the semi-finals. Argentina’s Francisco Nuñez was defeated by Dennis Shephard of South Africa, a decision that infuriated the Argentines in the hall. Like Alves, Núñez was carried by the supporters around the hall but this time the rumpus reached the table of the Jury of Appeal. Stewards rushed in to defuse the situation and the Argentine fans ended their protest after an appeal from one of their senior officials. Gold medallist Ernesto Formenti kept clear of any controversy and boxed with an accuracy others failed to approach. His left jab kept his opponent in the final, Dave Shephard, at bay. The South African fought with serious damage around his right eye, a legacy of fights over Johnson and Nuñez where he appeared lucky to get the verdict, but was no match for the Italian.
|2||Dennis Shepherd||21||South Africa||RSA||Silver|
|5T||Eddie Johnson||20||United States||USA|
|5T||Seo Byeong-Ran||26||South Korea||KOR|
|9T||Clotilde Colón||21||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|17T||Bob Goslin||20||New Zealand||NZL|
|17T||Peter Brander||Great Britain||GBR|
|17T||Svend Aage Sørensen||21||Denmark||DEN|