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Les Black

Full name: Leslie Waughop "Les" Black
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Born: January 23, 1900 in Paisley, Bruce, Ontario, Canada
Died: November 12, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Varsity Blues, Toronto (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Boxing


As a student at the University of Toronto, Les Black earned five intercollegiate boxing titles from 1920-1924 and was selected to represent Canada in the middleweight division at the 1924 Summer Olympics. At the Games he defeated his first three opponents, [Pierre Feidt] of Luxembourg, [Adolphe Lefkowitch] of the United States, and [Boy Murphy] of Ireland, before being bested in the semifinals by [Jack Elliott] of Great Britain. Belgium’s [Joseph Beecken] would go on to take the bronze medal in a walkover. Black’s boxing career ended when he graduated from Toronto’s medical school in 1926, but he later returned to his alma mater to coach the sport from 1934 through 1940. Athletically, he was active in track and field, rugby, and football as a student and, in his later years, became successful at pistol shooting, winning two Canadian national championships. By career he was an orthopedic surgeon and rose to the positions of chief of orthopedics and chief of surgey at Toronto East General Hospital (now Michael Garron Hospital), before a stroke at the age of 70 forced him to retire.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 24 Paris Boxing Men's Middleweight Canada CAN 4

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1924 Summer 24 Paris Boxing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1924-07-19 Elliott (GBR) , Black (CAN)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Boxing Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1924-07-18 Black (CAN) , Murphy (IRL) decision
1924 Summer 24 Paris Boxing Canada CAN Round Two Match #5 1 1924-07-17 Black (CAN) , Lefkowitch (USA) knock-out 2
1924 Summer 24 Paris Boxing Canada CAN Round One Match #9 1 1924-07-15 Black (CAN) , Feidt (LUX) decision
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