Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Claudio Barrientos
Eastern Europe, particularly European Championships finalists [Zenon Stefaniuk] of Poland and the Soviet Union's [Boris Stepanov], were favoured in this event but the two men were eliminated in their first bouts. Stepanov was winning his fight against Ireland's [Freddie Gilroy], despite having been warned by the referee for fouling his opponent, when he turned his head to stare at the referee and was knocked out.
From the quarter-finals the draw neatly split into a section of European boxers and a section from the rest of the world. Gilroy's progress was checked at the semi-final stage by [Wolfgang Behrendt] of Germany who had only recently moved up in weight from flyweight whilst [Song Sun-Cheon] became the first Korean Olympic boxing finalist when he dispatched [Claudio Barrientos] of Chile in the other semi-final. By defeating Song, Behrendt became the first boxer from the GDR to win an Olympic title although it should be pointed out that East and West competed in a combined German team in 1956.
[Éder Jofre] of Brazil lost in the quarter finals in Melbourne but went on to a glittering career as a professional and is acknowledged as one of the greatest fighters of all time. He reigned as world bantamweight champion for five years then returned after a four year retirement to win the featherweight world crown. Jofre retired with a record of 72 wins, 2 losses and 4 draws in his 78 fight career.
|2||Song Sun-Cheon||22||South Korea||KOR||Silver|
|5T||Owen Reilly||19||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Boris Stepanov||26||Soviet Union||URS|
|17T||Henry Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||SRI|