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 Pakkanen
An already open division was made even more open by the second rounds exits of fighters from the United States and Soviet Union and the decision of 1951 European champion Bruno Visintin to campaign in a higher weight category. The two men to contest the Olympic final were Aleksy Antkiewicz, a Pole who been relatively untroubled in reaching the gold medal match, and Italian lightweight champion Aureliano Bolognesi whose route had been harder and had included a win over tournament favourite Bobby Bickle of America. The Italian was generally adjudged to have won the first round of the final, but the Pole won the second so the fight was still in the balance as they entered the third round. Inspired by the words of the trainer, Bolognesi made a desperate attempt to force the pace in the final minutes and this proved enough to tip the balance in favour of the Italian on the scorecards of two of the three judges.
|5T||Freddie Reardon||21||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Bobby Bickle||23||United States||USA|
|9T||Hans Werner Wohlers||18||Germany||GER|
|9T||Aleksandr Zasukhin||23||Soviet Union||URS|
|17T||Basil Henricus||29||Sri Lanka||SRI|
|17T||Ju Sang-Jeom||25||South Korea||KOR|
|17T||Johnny van Rensburg||20||South Africa||RSA|
|17T||Abdel Hamid El-Hamaky||23||Egypt||EGY|
|17T||Marcel Van De Keere||21||Belgium||BEL|