Miklós Gelbai

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMiklós (-Nicholas)•Gelbai (-Gelb, -Gilbert)
Used nameMiklós•Gelbai
Other namesMiki Gelb
Born23 December 1909 in Kecskemét, Bács-Kiskun (HUN)
Died29 August 1973 in Los Angeles, California (USA)
Measurements163 cm / 57 kg
AffiliationsNSC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


Miklós Gelbai started boxing in the colors of the NSC. Between 1925 and 1928 he won four championship titles in featherweight. He won a bronze medal at the European Championship in 1927, and the following year participated in the Amsterdam Olympics, where he was eliminated in the second round. After the Olympics, he moved for a short time to France due to financial reasons. In 1929 Gelbai returned to Hungary and once more won the national championship title.

Next year he went to the United States with Antal Kocsis as a professional boxer, where he fought more than fifty professional matches against strong opposition under a shortened form of his name, Miki Gelb. In September 1931 he was involved in an unusual fight when rain washed out an outdoor fight in New York after three rounds and the combatants had to return forty-eight hours later to complete the remainder of the fight. After losing three fights in a row in Spring 1933 he stopped boxing and opened a hair salon in America. Later changing his name to Nicholas Gilbert, he died in California in 1973.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Boxing HUN Miklós Gelbai
Featherweight, Men (Olympic) =9