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Boxing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 7, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Ernesto Formenti
Silver: RSA Dennis Shepherd
Bronze: POL Aleksy Antkiewicz


The featherweight division was blighted by more than a fair share of controversial judging decisions. The second round bout between the US’s [Eddie Johnson] and [Basilio Alves] of Uruguay was awarded to the American amid howls of protest from Alves’s supporters. For a quarter of an hour the crowd expressed their displeasure and the Uruguayan was carried around the hall on the shoulders of his countrymen. More protests followed in the last eight with the American and Canadian teams convinced that their men had been unjustly treated but things eventually came to a climax in the semi-finals. Argentina’s [Francisco Nuñez] was defeated by [Dennis Shephard] of South Africa, a decision that infuriated the Argentines in the hall. Like Alves, Núñez was carried by the supporters around the hall but this time the rumpus reached the table of the Jury of Appeal. Stewards rushed in to defuse the situation and the Argentine fans ended their protest after an appeal from one of their senior officials. Gold medallist [Ernesto Formenti] kept clear of any controversy and boxed with an accuracy others failed to approach. His left jab kept his opponent in the final, Dave Shephard, at bay. The South African fought with serious damage around his right eye, a legacy of fights over Johnson and Nuñez where he appeared lucky to get the verdict, but was no match for the Italian.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ernesto Formenti 20 Italy ITA Gold
2 Dennis Shepherd 21 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Aleksy Antkiewicz 24 Poland POL Bronze
4 Francisco Núñez 23 Argentina ARG
5T Eduard Kerschbaumer 28 Austria AUT
5T Eddie Johnson 20 United States USA
5T Seo Byeong-Ran 26 South Korea KOR
5T Armand Savoie 18 Canada CAN
9T Felipe Verdú 20 Spain ESP
9T Manuel Vidella Chile CHI
9T Basilio Álvez 33 Uruguay URU
9T Mohamed Ammi France FRA
9T Laurie Birks 20 Australia AUS
9T Pedro García Peru PER
9T Kevin Martin 22 Ireland IRL
9T Clotilde Colón 21 Puerto Rico PUR
17T Benoy Bose 18 India IND
17T Michel Ghaoui Lebanon LIB
17T Edgard Delannoit 18 Belgium BEL
17T Bob Goslin 20 New Zealand NZL
17T Sidney Greave 22 Pakistan PAK
17T Peter Brander Great Britain GBR
17T Matti Tammelin 21 Finland FIN
17T Mohamed Hamouda Egypt EGY
17T Svend Aage Sørensen 21 Denmark DEN
17T Leon Trani Philippines PHI
17T Béla Farkas 19 Hungary HUN
17T Moos Linneman 17 Netherlands NED
17T Kaare Gundersen 38 Norway NOR
17T Jamshid Fani Iran IRI