Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 29, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Silver:||Theunis van Schalkwyk|
|Bronze:|| Eladio Herrera
With the introduction of the light-middleweight division to international competition, Olympic champion László Papp could now fight at a more natural weight. He capitalized on this by winning the light-middleweight title at the 1951 European Championships. In Helsinki Papp was given a difficult assignment for his first bout in the shape of tough American Spider Webb. The fight was relatively even in the first round but ended in the second with the American suffering a count out.
The rest of the tournament was relatively plain sailing for the Hungarian who was at this time probably at the peak of his career. In his second Olympic final, Papp was too good for the British Empire Games champion, Theunis van Schalkwyk of South Africa who he clearly outpointed.
|2||Theunis van Schalkwyk||22||South Africa||RSA||Silver|
|3T||Boris Tishin||23||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|17T||Bernard Foster||20||Great Britain||GBR|
|17T||Spider Webb||20||United States||USA|