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Boxing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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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.

Gold: USA Jim Boyd
Silver: ROU Gheorghe Negrea
Bronze: CHI Carlos Lucas
URS Romualdas Murauskas

Summary

This was a division where the European fighters, specifically those from the Eastern Bloc, were thought to be strongest although the 1955 European champion, Erich Schoeppner, was not present as he had elected to turn professional early in 1956. His successor in the German team was due to be the talented Ulli Nitzschke but at the last minute he was withdrawn to fight in the heavyweight division. This left Romualdas Murauskas, a Lithuanian representing the Soviet Union, as the popular favourite for gold. US fighters had not had a good Olympic Games but Jim Boyd of the US Army was about to change that. He outpointed Murauskas in the semi-final then ground out a hard fought points decision over Romanian Gheorghe Negrea to ensure America retained the title won by Norvel Lee in Helsinki. After leaving the Army Boyd embarked on a short and unsuccessful pro career.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jim Boyd 25 United States USA Gold
2 Gheorghe Negrea 22 Romania ROU Silver
3T Romualdas Murauskas 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Carlos Lucas 26 Chile CHI Bronze
5T Tony Madigan 26 Australia AUS
5T Rodolfo Díaz 20 Argentina ARG
5T Andrzej Wojciechowski 23 Poland POL
5T Ottavio Panunzi 23 Italy ITA
9T Lennart Risberg 21 Sweden SWE
9T Piet van Vuuren 25 South Africa RSA
9T Gerry Collins Canada CAN