Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 11, 1936
Date Finished: August 15, 1936
Format: Single elimination tournament.
Two names missing from the competition were the top rated American [Joe Church], sent home from Berlin by the US boxing team management for disciplinary reasons, and Otto KÃ¤stner, the European champion who had been supplanted in the German team by [Josef Miner]. Miner was considered one of the best fighters in the division along with [Catterall] of South Africa, who was the British Empire Games champion, and [Frigyes] of Hungary.
The only stoppage of the first series was that of [Gabuco] of the Phillipines, carried out by the âreplacementâ US boxer [Ted Kara] in the most impressive display of the early rounds. Kara was not to fight for a medal, as he fell victim to the tricky Catterall in the quarter-finals. [Oscar Casanovas] of Argentina came to notice when he defeated future European champion [Polus] of Poland with ease in the last eight and he followed this up with another impressive victory against the talented Hungarian Frigyes in the semi-finals. The South African Catterall built upon his reputation with a victory over the home boxer Miner in front of an excited Berlin crowd and guaranteed what was to be South Africaâs only medal of the Games.
The final produced a clash of styles, the Argentine edging to victory with a late flourish, landing a series of hooks on his opponent. Although this continued the run of Argentine boxing victories that had started in 1928, the Argentine team themselves were disappointed with only a single gold medal.
Catterall later became a South African professional champion whilst Miner was a victim of World War II.
|2||Charles Catterall||21||South Africa||RSA||Silver|
|5T||Jack Treadaway||22||Great Britain||GBR|
|5T||Ted Kara||20||United States||USA|
|9T||Ã ke Karlsson||24||Finland||FIN|
|16T||Clarrie Gordon||19||New Zealand||NZL|
|16T||Khalil Amira El-Maghrabi||22||Egypt||EGY|