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Boxing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

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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: ARG Pascual Pérez
Silver: ITA Spartaco Bandinelli
Bronze: KOR Han Su-An

Summary

Although he had never previously boxed outside South America, the reputation of Pascual Pérez as a vicious puncher came before him and he confirmed this reputation with a series of impressive displays that brought him the Olympic title.

The surprise of the division was the Italian southpaw, Spartaco Bandinelli, who eliminated the reigning European champion, Martínez of Spain, in the quarter-finals but Bandinelli could not match the aggression and power of the Argentine in the Final. Perez started carefully, scored freely with his right hand in the second round and held off the finishing burst of his opponent. Bandinelli’s chances were not helped by his tendency to use the open glove.

Pérez’s most difficult opponent turned out to be officialdom, as he was briefly disqualified from the tournament when he was confused with his bantamweight team mate, Arnoldo Parés, and thought to be well overweight. Thankfully, the mistake was quickly rectified. Han Soo-An also created his own piece of history as he won the bronze medal box-off and so took Korea’s first boxing medal.

Pérez would go on to be of the all-time greats of the flyweight division and would hold the professional world title between 1954 and 1960. The winner of 84 of his 92 pro fights; boxing experts rate him alongside Miguel Canto and Jimmy Wilde as the greatest flyweights in history.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pascual Pérez 22 Argentina ARG Gold
2 Spartaco Bandinelli 27 Italy ITA Silver
3 Han Su-An 22 South Korea KOR Bronze
4 František Majdloch 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Frankie Sodano 17 United States USA
5T Alex Bollaert 18 Belgium BEL
5T Appie Corman 22 Netherlands NED
5T Luis Martínez 22 Spain ESP
9T Rabin Bhatta India IND
9T Billy Barnes Ireland IRL
9T Henry Carpenter 22 Great Britain GBR
9T Des Williams 20 South Africa RSA
9T Maxim Cochin France FRA
9T Maung Myo Thant Myanmar MYA
9T Ron Gower 19 Australia AUS
9T Leslie Handunge 27 Sri Lanka SRI
17T Ricardo Adolfo Philippines PHI
17T Ingemar Burgström 22 Sweden SWE
17T Robert Gausterer 20 Austria AUT
17T Carlos Menezes Peru PER
17T Ghasem Rassaeli Iran IRI
17T Joey Sandulo 17 Canada CAN
17T Miksa Bondi 30 Hungary HUN
17T Janusz Kasperczak 20 Poland POL
17T Olli Lehtinen 33 Finland FIN
17T Guillermo Porteiro Uruguay URU