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Boxing at the 1908 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: October 27, 1908
Date Finished: October 27, 1908
Events: 5

Participants: 42 (42 men and 0 women) from 4 countries
Youngest Participant: GBR Johnny Condon (19 years, 241 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Richard Gunn (37 years, 253 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 15 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GBR Great Britain (14 medals)


For the only time ever, the Olympic boxing tournament was contested in a single day. The matches began at 11:25 AM and lasted until late in the evening, finishing at 10:30 PM (2230). Remarkably, this led to two boxers, [Fred Spiller] and [Reginald )Snowy) Baker], competing in four bouts in one day. The matches were all three rounds, with the first two rounds lasting three minutes each, and the last round lasting four minutes. A one minute break was allowed between each round. Spiller fought 11 rounds in one day, Baker 9 - and both won a silver medal.

There were semi-final round byes in the bantamweight, lightweight, and heavyweight divisions; thus only one bronze medalist is recorded in those events. The rules noted that any boxer drawing a bye was required to spar for the specified time with any opponent approved of by the judges and the referee. No evidence exists to note if this rule was followed to the letter or not.