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Boxing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Sports Palace, Roma
Date Started: August 25, 1960
Date Finished: September 5, 1960
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Franco De Piccoli
Silver: RSA Daan Bekker
Bronze: GER Günter Siegmund
TCH Josef Němec


To non-Italians the heavyweight class in 1960 was rather nondescript, as no future greats made an appearance. But the Italians loved it as their fighter, [Franco De Piccoli], won the gold medal. In the final, De Piccoli faced South African [Daan Bekker], a 1956 Olympic bronze medalist who had won gold at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. But the match was over quickly, as De Piccoli knocked out Bekker early in the first round. Both De Piccoli and Bekker had short, but non-distinguished professional careers. De Piccoli fought through 1965 with a career record of 37 wins and 4 losses, but never fought for a major title. Bekker fought through 1963, although he returned for one bout in 1968, which he won, finishing with a record of 7 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Franco De Piccoli 22 Italy ITA Gold
2 Daan Bekker 28 South Africa RSA Silver
3T Josef Němec 26 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze
3T Günter Siegmund 23 Germany GER Bronze
5T Percy Price, Jr. 24 United States USA
5T Andrey Abramov 24 Soviet Union URS
5T Vasile Mariuţan 25 Romania ROU
5T Obrad Sretenović 24 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Dave Thomas 22 Great Britain GBR
9T Ron Taylor 28 Australia AUS
9T Manuel García 25 Spain ESP
9T Willy Venneman 25 Belgium BEL
9T Max Bösiger 26 Switzerland SUI
9T Joseph Syoz 23 France FRA
9T Władysław Jędrzejewski 25 Poland POL
9T Eduardo Corletti 19 Argentina ARG
17 Joe Casey 23 Ireland IRL