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:|| Erkki Mallenius
The 1952 Olympic Games marked the first shots in a sporting cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union that would last for over three decades. In boxing this rivalry came to a head in the light-welterweight division where the first ever USA-USSR final was fought out between [Chuck Adkins] and [Viktor Mednov] . In truth neither fighter had been troubled in their preliminary rounds as both reached the final via a series of unanimous points decisions and stoppages. Adkins, who arrived in Finland as understudy to Joe Reynolds to whom he had lost in the US trials, impressed the judges much as he had the US officials in pre-Games training, and won the decision over Mednov by a 2-1 split of the voting. Adkins, a former NCAA champion, went on to fight as a professional for five years without hitting the very top of his profession and also became the first black boxing coach at American collegiate level when he coached at San Jose State University.
|1||Chuck Adkins||20||United States||USA||Gold|
|2||Viktor Mednov||24||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|5T||Alexander Webster||18||South Africa||RSA|
|9T||Peter Waterman||17||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Piet van Klaveren||21||Netherlands||NED|
|9T||Juan Curet||24||Puerto Rico||PUR|