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Boxing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 9, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ARG Rafael Iglesias
Silver: SWE Gunnar Nilsson
Bronze: RSA Johnny Arthur


Despite the presence of reigning European Champion, [Gearóid Ó Colmáin] of Ireland and the highly regarded US fighter, [Jay Lambert], the heavyweight division was generally considered to have suffered from a lack of quality in 1948. Lambert’s challenge was compromised by a rib injury and he fell in the quarter-finals.

The high point of the competition occurred in the final when Argentina’s [Rafael Iglesias] produced a punch that knocked out his Swedish opponent in the second round and meant that Argentina would end the evening of the finals as it had started them; with a gold medal performance. After the Games a number of the competitors pursued professional boxing careers, Britain’s [Jack Gardner] briefly held the European title and [Uber Baccilieri] became Italian heavyweight title.

One boxer who didn’t appear at the Olympic Games and indeed was prevented by injury from even attempting to qualify for the US team was one Rocco Francis Marchegiano. By the time of the Helsinki Olympics, the renamed Rocky Marciano would be weeks away from beginning his reign as heavyweight champion.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rafael Iglesias 24 Argentina ARG Gold
2 Gunnar Nilsson 25 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Johnny Arthur 18 South Africa RSA Bronze
4 Hans Müller Switzerland SUI
5T Adam Faul 19 Canada CAN
5T Jack Gardner 21 Great Britain GBR
5T Uber Baccilieri 25 Italy ITA
5T Jay Lambert 22 United States USA
9T Victor Bignon Chile CHI
9T Mohamed Jamshid Abadi Iran IRI
9T Agustín Muñiz Uruguay URU
9T Karl Ameisbichler 21 Austria AUT
9T Gerry Ó Colmáin Ireland IRL
9T José Arturo Rubio Spain ESP
9T James Galli France FRA
9T Fernand Bothy 22 Belgium BEL
17 Vicente dos Santos 19 Brazil BRA