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Boxing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Celebration Hall, Royal Zoological Society, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 21, 1920
Date Finished: August 24, 1920
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Ron Rawson
Silver: DEN Søren Petersen
Bronze: FRA Xavier Eluère


Ronald Rawson was probably the most dominating boxer of the 1920 Olympics. None of his three opponents finished their matches with him. His first two matches were stopped in the third and first rounds, respectively, while in the finals he defeated Søren Petersen by a knock-out in the 2nd round. Rawson retired after winning the 1921 Amateur Boxing Association (Britain) Championship. His career record was 28 wins with no losses, and 27 wins by knock-out. Petersen later became a respected Danish professional boxer. In 1924 he was still an amateur and again won the silver medal in the heavyweight division.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ron Rawson 27 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Søren Petersen 25 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Xavier Eluère 22 France FRA Bronze
4 William Spengler 31 United States USA
5T Victor Creusen Belgium BEL
5T Frank Dove 22 Great Britain GBR
5T Sigurd Hoel 22 Norway NOR
5T Samuel Stewart 24 United States USA
9 Mariano Barbaresi 24 Italy ITA