| Event type

Flyweight (≤51 kilograms), Men

Date7 – 13 August 1948
LocationEmpress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London / Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Participants26 from 26 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Although he had never previously boxed outside South America, the reputation of Pascual Pérez as a vicious puncher came before him and he confirmed this reputation with a series of impressive displays that brought him the Olympic title.

The surprise of the division was the Italian southpaw, Spartaco Bandinelli, who eliminated the reigning European champion, Martínez of Spain, in the quarter-finals but Bandinelli could not match the aggression and power of the Argentine in the Final. Perez started carefully, scored freely with his right hand in the second round and held off the finishing burst of his opponent. Bandinelli’s chances were not helped by his tendency to use the open glove.

Pérez’s most difficult opponent turned out to be officialdom, as he was briefly disqualified from the tournament when he was confused with his bantamweight team mate, Arnoldo Parés, and thought to be well overweight. Thankfully, the mistake was quickly rectified. Han Soo-An also created his own piece of history as he won the bronze medal box-off and so took Korea’s first boxing medal.

Pérez would go on to be of the all-time greats of the flyweight division and would hold the professional world title between 1954 and 1960. The winner of 84 of his 92 pro fights; boxing experts rate him alongside Miguel Canto and Jimmy Wilde as the greatest flyweights in history.

1Pascual PérezARGGold
2Spartaco BandinelliITASilver
3Han Su-AnKORBronze
4František MajdlochTCH
=5Frankie SodanoUSA
=5Alex BollaertBEL
=5Appie CormanNED
=5Luis MartínezESP
=9Rabin BhattaIND
=9Billy BarnesIRL
=9Henry CarpenterGBR
=9Des WilliamsRSA
=9Maxime CochinFRA
=9Myo Thant MYA
=9Ron GowerAUS
=9Leslie HandungeSRI
=17Ricardo AdolfoPHI
=17Ingemar BurgströmSWE
=17Robert GaustererAUT
=17Carlomagno MenesesPER
=17Ghasem RassaeliIRI
=17Joey SanduloCAN
=17Miksa BondiHUN
=17Janusz KasperczakPOL
=17Olli LehtinenFIN
=17Guillermo PorteiroURU
DNSAndré De BurchgraeveBEL
DNSAntonio LunaMEX
DNSEnnio AroldiITA
DNSJosé CampenyESP
DNSJózsef BednaiHUN
DNSMarcel MathieuFRA
DNSNicolás PáezARG
DNSPaddy HardyIRL
DNSPaul RaschidPAK
DNSPeter KeenanGBR
DNSPappy GaultUSA
DNSHans SchmöllerlAUT

Round One

Date7 August 1948
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #107 AugFrankie SodanoUSA
Match #207 AugRabin BhattaIND
Match #307 AugFrantišek MajdlochTCH
Match #407 AugBilly BarnesIRL
Match #507 AugAlex BollaertBEL
Match #607 AugHenry CarpenterGBR
Match #707 AugPascual PérezARGReferee stops contestRicardo AdolfoPHI
Match #807 AugDes WilliamsRSADecisionIngemar BurgströmSWE
Match #907 AugHan Su-AnKORDecisionRobert GaustererAUT
Match #1007 AugMaxime CochinFRADecisionCarlomagno MenesesPER
Match #1107 AugAppie CormanNEDDecisionGhasem RassaeliIRI
Match #1207 AugMyo Thant MYADecisionJoey SanduloCAN
Match #1307 AugLuis MartínezESPDecisionMiksa BondiHUN
Match #1407 AugRon GowerAUSDecisionJanusz KasperczakPOL
Match #1507 AugSpartaco BandinelliITADecisionOlli LehtinenFIN
Match #1607 AugLeslie HandungeSRIDecisionGuillermo PorteiroURU

Round Two

Date10 August 1948
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #110 AugFrankie SodanoUSAKnock-outRabin BhattaIND
Match #210 AugFrantišek MajdlochTCHDecisionBilly BarnesIRL
Match #310 AugAlex BollaertBELDecisionHenry CarpenterGBR
Match #410 AugPascual PérezARGReferee stops contestDes WilliamsRSA
Match #510 AugHan Su-AnKORDecisionMaxime CochinFRA
Match #610 AugAppie CormanNEDReferee stops contestMyo Thant MYA
Match #710 AugLuis MartínezESPDecisionRon GowerAUS
Match #810 AugSpartaco BandinelliITADecisionLeslie HandungeSRI


Date11 August 1948
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #111 AugFrantišek MajdlochTCHDecisionFrankie SodanoUSA
Match #211 AugPascual PérezARGDecisionAlex BollaertBEL
Match #311 AugHan Su-AnKORKnock-outAppie CormanNED
Match #411 AugSpartaco BandinelliITADecisionLuis MartínezESP


Date12 August 1948
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #112 AugPascual PérezARGDecisionFrantišek MajdlochTCH
Match #212 AugSpartaco BandinelliITADecisionHan Su-AnKOR

Final Round

Date13 August 1948
Match 1/213 AugPascual PérezARGDecisionSpartaco BandinelliITA
Match 3/413 AugHan Su-AnKORDecisionFrantišek MajdlochTCH