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Boxing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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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.

Gold: RSA George Hunter
Silver: GBR Don Scott
Bronze: ARG Mauro Cía

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 George Hunter 21 South Africa RSA Gold
2 Don Scott 20 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Mauro Cía 29 Argentina ARG Bronze
4 Adrian Holmes 23 Australia AUS
5T Hugh O'Hagan Ireland IRL
5T Giacomo Di Segni 28 Italy ITA
5T Harry Siljander 25 Finland FIN
5T Franciszek Szymura 35 Poland POL
9T Mohamed El-Minabawi 21 Egypt EGY
9T Hans Schwerzmann Switzerland SUI
9T Eskandar Shora Iran IRI
9T György Kapocsi 25 Hungary HUN
9T Chuck Spieser 18 United States USA
9T Vital L'Hoste 23 Belgium BEL
9T Felipe Posse Uruguay URU
9T Israel Quitcón 19 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Erik Jensen 26 Denmark DEN
17T Ray Edwards 21 Jamaica JAM
17T Alejandro Arteche 25 Spain ESP
17T Otto Michtits 20 Austria AUT
17T Hennie Quentemeijer 28 Netherlands NED
17T Otakar Rademacher Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Joseph Roude 21 France FRA
17T Mac Joachim India IND