Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 10, 1936
Date Finished: August 15, 1936
Format: Single elimination tournament.
Two men who had been looked at as possible champions were not eligible for the trip to Berlin, Great Britainâs Pat Palmer, the 1934 European and British Empire champion had recently turned professional as had Johnny Marceline, the US champion of 1935.
The new regulations concerning weighing-in caused more difficulties in the flyweight division than in any other. A number of fancied competitors were forced to move up a weight class in order to avoid the possibility of disqualification. This made the prediction of medal hopefuls very difficult although [Laurie] of the USA, the Frenchman [Fayaud], [Nunag] of the Philippines and the Argentine [Carlomagno] were touted by some as possible champions.
The 18-year old American Lou Laurie, the youngest member of the US team in Berlin, caught the eye in his first round points victory over [BezdÄk] of Czechoslovakia with his speed and accuracy. After a bye in the opening round, the German fighter [Willi Kaiser] was also impressive as he forced the referee to stop his second round bout against the Chilean [LÃ³pez] to save the South American from unnecessary punishment. Kaiser continued his progress with a win over the Uruguayan [Fidel TricÃ¡nico] in the last eight; TricÃ¡nico had been fortunate enough to gain a bye in the first round then saw his prospective second round opponent from Peru withdraw in protest at the treatment of the Peruvian football team. The semi-final stage saw Laurie defeated by the strong Sardinian [Gavino Matta] in a close fight whilst Kaiser turned back the challenge of Carlomagno of Argentina. Laurie won the bronze medal when Carlomagno withdrew and his boxing skills were recognized by the award of the inaugural [Val Barker Trophy], presented to the most stylish boxer in the tournament.
In the final Kaiser went on the attack from the outset, forcing the tempo at close quarters and keeping his opponent at bay. When Matta tried to fight back Kaiser pushed the pace even higher and left the Italian with cuts around both eyes. As he tried to turn the fight around Matta became desperate and was warned for fouling his opponent. Towards the end of the fight the Italian tired and Kaiser wrapped up a points decision and Germanyâs first ever boxing gold.
The two men met again a year later in the European championship with the same result, although this time it was for the bronze medal rather than gold. Matta and Laurie later turned professional, the Italian winning his national title.
|3||Lou Laurie||18||United States||USA||Bronze|
|5T||William Passmore||21||South Africa||RSA|
|16T||Alf Russell||21||Great Britain||GBR|