Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 9, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948
Format: Single elimination tournament.
Hennie Quentemeijer of the Netherlands was European champion in 1947 and arrived as his country’s best hope of boxing success but he had spent most of the intervening months in the Dutch East Indies, with little chance to practice, and he failed to record a victory – Mauro Cia of Argentina eked out a points decision over him in round one. In the absence of the Dutchman, European hopes rested with the British boxer, Don Scott and Scott, despite suffering from an injured nose, moved into the final to the home crowd’s evident pleasure. The other finalist would be George Hunter of South Africa, a boxer who had fought through a difficult draw with a series of impressive performances. The final was closely contested and both fighters were praised for their efforts but there was no doubting that Hunter had won South Africa’s second boxing of the Games. Hunter would also be awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the outstanding and most stylish boxer of the Games.
There was an unfortunate end to the bronze medal box-off when Australia’s Adrian Holmes suffered a broken ankle after being knocked to the canvas against Mauro Cia and was wheeled out of the arena. Cia would go on to a brief career in Argentine movies. America’s Chuck Spieser lost in the last sixteen but would be the more successful in the pro ranks; he fought a final eliminator for the world title.
|1||George Hunter||21||South Africa||RSA||Gold|
|2||Don Scott||20||Great Britain||GBR||Silver|
|5T||Giacomo Di Segni||28||Italy||ITA|
|9T||Chuck Spieser||18||United States||USA|
|9T||Israel Quitcón||19||Puerto Rico||PUR|