Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 29, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Viktor Jørgensen
Czechoslovakia’s [Július Torma] returned to defend his Olympic title but by 1952 he had been succeeded as European champion by [Zygmunt Chychła] of Poland who had embarked on a long unbeaten run since 1948. The draw pitted the two fighters together at the quarter-final stage and it was the Pole who emerged triumphant via a unanimous points decision. Chychła’s opponent in the final was [Sergey Shcherbakov] of the Soviet Union. The Soviets were making their first foray into international competition and Scherbakov was considered by team officials to be the poster boy for the USSR and a possible Olympic champion. To the surprise of the Soviets, though probably of few others, the technically gifted Pole was too good for his opponent and was a clear winner of the title. Chychła was European champion again in 1953 but retired soon afterwards after suffering from tuberculosis.
|2||Sergey Shcherbakov||34||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|9T||Hendrik van der Linde||20||South Africa||RSA|
|9T||Lou Gage||24||United States||USA|
|17T||Anwar Pasha Turki||25||Pakistan||PAK|
|17T||Johnny Maloney||20||Great Britain||GBR|
|17T||Fathi Ali Abdel Rahman||20||Egypt||EGY|