Full name: Frederick "Freddie" Gilroy
Born: March 7, 1936 in Belfast, Belfast, Great Britain
Died: June 28, 2016 in Belfast, Belfast, Great Britain
Affiliations: St. John Bosco, Belfast (GBR)
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
Freddie Gilroy, a Belfast southpaw, boxed out of the St John Bosco Boxing Club. He claimed bronze at the Melbourne Games, beating the Russian favourite [Boris Stepanov] and [Mario Sitri] of Italy en-route to the semi-final where he was controversially outpointed by Germanyâs [Wolfgang Behrendt], the eventual Olympic champion. Hollywood movie star Liam Neeson, a former amateur boxer in his native Ballymena, previously described Gilroy as his childhood hero.
Following the Olympics, Gilroy embarked on a professional career, compiling a record of 28 wins and 3 losses, and won British, Commonwealth, and European titles, as well as challenging for the World title in 1960 in London, losing a unanimous decision to Alphonse Halimi. In his last fight, in 1962, Gilroy emerged victorious over fellow Belfast man [Johnny Caldwell] via a ninth round stoppage in a legendary bout. Flyweight Caldwell also won an Olympic bronze in Melbourne, and in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest fights ever to be held in Ireland, Gilroy triumphed when a cut to Caldwellâs eye stopped him from carrying on.
|1956 Summer||20||Melbourne||Boxing||Men's Bantamweight||Ireland||IRL||3T||Bronze|
|1956 Summer||20||Melbourne||Boxing||Ireland||IRL||Semi-Finals||Match #1||2||1956-11-30||Behrendt (GER) , Gilroy (IRL)|
|1956 Summer||20||Melbourne||Boxing||Ireland||IRL||Quarter-Finals||Match #1||1||1956-11-28||Gilroy (IRL) , Sitri (ITA)||decision|
|1956 Summer||20||Melbourne||Boxing||Ireland||IRL||Round Two||Match #1||1||1956-11-26||Gilroy (IRL) , Stepanov (URS)||knock-out||3|
|1956 Summer||20||Melbourne||Boxing||Ireland||IRL||Round One||Match #2||1||1956-11-23||Gilroy (IRL)||bye|