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Boxing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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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: USA Sammy Mosberg
Silver: DEN Gotfred Johansen
Bronze: CAN Chris Newton


Samuel Mosberg survived a scare in the quarter-finals when he had to go an extra round to defeat Frederick Grace of Great Britain. Grace was, incredibly, the defending champion, although it had been twelve years since he had won the lightweight gold medal in London. In 1920, Grace was 36-years-old, giving 12 years to the younger Mosberg. After defeating Grace, Mosberg scored one of the fastest KO’s in Olympic history when he finished South Africa’s Richard Beland in 15 seconds. The final was close, but Mosberg was awarded the decision. Going to Antwerp, the top American was thought to be Frank Cassidy, who had been AAU Champion in 1919, but Cassidy was decisioned by Denmark’s Gotfred Johansen in the quarter-finals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sammy Mosberg 23 United States USA Gold
2 Gotfred Johansen 24 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Chris Newton 21 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Dick Beland South Africa RSA
5T Frank Cassidy 24 United States USA
5T Fred Grace 36 Great Britain GBR
5T Johan Sæterhaug 27 Norway NOR
5T Julien Van Muyzen Belgium BEL
9T Joseph Solvinto 18 France FRA
9T Herman Nak 24 Netherlands NED
9T Jacques Grégoire France FRA
9T Leo Giunchi 24 Italy ITA
9T Jean Neyes Belgium BEL
9T Ko Janssens 30 Netherlands NED
9T James Gilmour Great Britain GBR
9T Holger Jensen 21 Denmark DEN