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Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Light-Middleweight

Boxing at the 1952 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 29, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: HUN László Papp
Silver: RSA Theunis van Schalkwyk
Bronze: ARG Eladio Herrera
URS Boris Tishin


With the introduction of the light-middleweight division to international competition, Olympic champion [László Papp] could now fight at a more natural weight. He capitalized on this by winning the light-middleweight title at the 1951 European Championships. In Helsinki Papp was given a difficult assignment for his first bout in the shape of tough American [Spider Webb]. The fight was relatively even in the first round but ended in the second with the American suffering a count out.

The rest of the tournament was relatively plain sailing for the Hungarian who was at this time probably at the peak of his career. In his second Olympic final, Papp was too good for the British Empire Games champion, [Theunis van Schalkwyk] of South Africa who he clearly outpointed.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 László Papp 26 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Theunis van Schalkwyk 22 South Africa RSA Silver
3T Boris Tishin 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Eladio Herrera 22 Argentina ARG Bronze
5T Guido Mazzinghi 20 Italy ITA
5T Erich Schöppner 20 Germany GER
5T Petar Spasov 18 Bulgaria BUL
5T Paulo Cavalheiro 18 Brazil BRA
9T Ebbe Kops 22 Denmark DEN
9T Hans Büchi 23 Switzerland SUI
9T Jerzy Krawczyk 23 Poland POL
9T Sören Danielsson 22 Sweden SWE
9T John Tandrevold 25 Norway NOR
9T Josef Hamberger 21 Austria AUT
9T Pentti Kontula 21 Finland FIN
9T Charley Chase 21 Canada CAN
17T Bruno Mattiussi 25 Luxembourg LUX
17T Willi Rammo 27 Saar SAA
17T Ardashes Saginian 24 Iran IRI
17T Bernard Foster 20 Great Britain GBR
17T Neacșu Șerbu 23 Romania ROU
17T André Queillé 20 France FRA
17T Spider Webb 20 United States USA