Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 28, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Willie Toweel
[Nate Brooks]’ Olympic dream came close to ending before he earned a place on the US team to Helsinki. During a regional preliminary bout of the US Olympic trials he suffered a deep cut on his eyebrow and only narrowly survived a medical inspection. Although Brooks had a growing reputation inside America, he lacked international experience and was not expected to challenge the Soviet star [Anatoly Bulakov]. When Bulakov was surprisingly outpointed by German fighter [Edgar Basel] the draw opened up for Brooks and, despite a scare against Romania’s [Mircea Dobrescu] in the quarter-final, a string of impressive displays of counterpunching earned him the Olympic title. Like so many fighters before and after Brooks aspired to a career in professional boxing. Although he started strongly as a pro and was North American champion his career faded away with a string of defeats. Bronze medallist [Willie Toweel] was a member of a famous South African boxing family which produced 13 professional fighters.
|1||Nate Brooks||18||United States||USA||Gold|
|3T||Anatoly Bulakov||22||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|3T||Willie Toweel||18||South Africa||RSA||Bronze|
|5T||Han Su-An||26||South Korea||KOR|
|5T||Dai Dower||19||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Leslie Handunge||31||Sri Lanka||SRI|
|16T||Pablo Lugo||19||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|16T||Abdel Amid Boutefnouchet||20||France||FRA|
|16T||Hein van der Zee||22||Netherlands||NED|