Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 29, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Format: Single elimination tournament.
|Bronze:|| Harry Siljander
[Norvel Lee] was taken to Helsinki as America's reserve in the heavyweight division, the same as he had been in 1948, after losing to [Ed Sanders] in the final of the US Olympic trials. After arriving in Finland he was persuaded by team official to shed the necessary weight and fight as a light-heavyweight. Lee impressed in training and was given the US berth in his new division.
This proved a masterstroke by the US officials as Lee proved to be the outstanding boxer in any of the weight divisions in Helsinki and was a worthy winner of the Val Barker Trophy for the best boxer at the Games. Lee was a graduate of Howard University and did not follow the usual career path for an American Olympic boxing champion and refused to turn professional. Instead he spent a lifetime working in adult education whilst also moonlighting as a judge in professional boxing.
A second round loser was Britain's [Henry Cooper]. After a long career where he was multiple British and European champion, he became the first boxer ever to be awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
|1||Norvel Lee||27||United States||USA||Gold|
|3T||Anatoly Perov||25||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|9T||Henry Cooper||18||Great Britain||GBR|