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Freddie Gilroy

Full name: Frederick "Freddie" Gilroy
Gender: Male
Born: March 7, 1936 in Belfast, Belfast, Great Britain
Died: June 28, 2016 in Belfast, Belfast, Great Britain
Affiliations: St. John Bosco, Belfast (GBR)
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Boxing

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 Germany’s [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 Caldwell’s eye stopped him from carrying on.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Boxing Men's Bantamweight Ireland IRL 3T Bronze

Men's Bantamweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
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
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