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Boxing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 24, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Pete Rademacher
Silver: URS Lev Mukhin
Bronze: ITA Mino Bozzano
RSA Daan Bekker


[Pete Rademacher] missed the 1952 Olympics when a broken hand forced his retirement at the US trials. Four years later in Melbourne he made amends with an impressive display of punching which give them three successive knockout victories on the way to the Olympic title. His rival for the gold was another big puncher, [Lev Mukhin] of the Soviet Union. Mukhin, whilst possessing strength and power as was seen in his victories on the way to the final, had a weak chin and had been floored in two of three preliminary bouts. Rademacher bulldozed his way to victory and scored a succession of knockdowns before the referee eventually stopped the fight.

Rademacher duly elected to become a professional and, astonishingly, was granted a challenge to world heavyweight champion [Floyd Patterson] as his first pro bout. Rademacher was unsurprisingly outclassed and knocked out by Patterson although he did score a knockdown of his own during the fight. He fought on, usually against top quality opponents, until 1962, and won 15 of his 23 fights. He later became a successful businessman.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pete Rademacher 28 United States USA Gold
2 Lev Mukhin 20 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Daan Bekker 24 South Africa RSA Bronze
3T Mino Bozzano 23 Italy ITA Bronze
5T José Giorgetti 22 Argentina ARG
5T Josef Němec 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Ulli Nitzschke 23 Germany GER
5T Törner Åhsman 25 Sweden SWE
9T Ilkka Koski 28 Finland FIN
9T Pa Sharkey Ireland IRL
9T Bozhil Lozanov 22 Bulgaria BUL