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Boxing at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Northampton Institute, Clerkenwell
Date Started: October 27, 1908
Date Finished: October 27, 1908
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Fred Grace
Silver: GBR Fred Spiller
Bronze: GBR Harry Johnson


The eventual winner was not highly considered. The favorites had to be Matt Wells, ABA Champion from 1904-1907, and later British and European pro champion in 1911, and Harold Holmes, champion in 1908. But Holmes lost in the quarter-finals to Harry Johnson and Wells lost a decision in the semi-finals to Frederick Grace. Grace was lightly regarded before the Olympic tournament began but he went on to win four ABA Championships at this weight - 1909, 1913, and 1919-1920. He also competed at the 1920 Olympics, where he won one match and then lost to the eventual champion, Sammy Mosberg (USA) in an overtime decision.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fred Grace 24 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Fred Spiller 23 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Harry Johnson 20 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4T Matt Wells 21 Great Britain GBR
4T Harold Holmes Great Britain GBR
4T George Jessup Great Britain GBR
7T Valdemar Holberg 24 Denmark DEN
7T Edward Fearman Great Britain GBR
7T Hemming Hansen 23 Denmark DEN
7T André Bouvier France FRA
7T Frank Osborne Great Britain GBR
7T Patrick Fee Great Britain GBR