| Event type

Welterweight (≤67 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.

The change of weight limit for this class proved beneficial to the Czechoslovak boxer, Július Torma, for it allowed him to make the welterweight division and not fight at middleweight where the opposition was expected to be stronger. Torma’s charge to the title was nearly ended in the 2nd round by the skull of his Canadian opponent. Angered by what he considered the unsportsmanlike behaviour of Gerald Blackburn before the fight, Torma bludgeoned his opponent throughout but the coup-de-grace, a left hook, fractured a bone in his hand. The defensive skills of Torma proved sufficient to bring him to the final and a meeting with Hank Herring of the USA.

In a disappointing Olympic Games for the American team, Herring was the only boxer to reach a final but he couldn’t turn silver into gold and Czechoslovakia celebrated their first Olympic boxing title. Torma was born in Hungary and moved to Czechoslovakia after the war. He went on to win the 1949 European title and retired after career of 997 fights with just 60 losses. He won 13 Hungarian and 10 Czech titles. He returned to the Olympic arena twice more but was eliminated at the quarter-final stage on both occasions.

Alessandro D’Ottavio of Italy, the bronze medal winner, was most successful as a professional, winning his national light-heavyweight title whilst Gunnar Hansen, a first round loser, became a legendary figure in Norwegian boxing and was awarded the Olympic Order in bronze for his achievements in and out of the ring.

1Július TormaTCHGold
2Hank HerringUSASilver
3Alessandro D'OttavioITABronze
4Duggie Du PreezRSA
=5Billy BoyceAUS
=5Eladio HerreraARG
=5Zygmunt ChychłaPOL
=5Aurelio DíazESP
=9Léon RollerLUX
=9Feliciano RosanoURU
=9Humberto LoayzaCHI
=9Peter ForanIRL
=9Alex ObeysekeraSRI
=9Pierre HernandezFRA
=9Max ShackladyGBR
=9Clifford BlackburnCAN
=17Gharib AfifiEGY
=17Maurice BombaertBEL
=17Anwar Pasha TurkiPAK
=17Frits WijngaardNED
=17Gunnar HansenNOR
=17George IssabegIRI
=17Christian KristensenDEN
=17Robert CranstonIND
=17Gusztáv BeneHUN
=17Mariano VélezPHI
DNSSoliman AbbasEGY
DNSCharley HumezFRA
DNSEmile DelminneBEL
DNSFederico CarbonellESP
DNSHugo UrreaARG
DNSJohnny NuttallIND
DNSJohnny RyanGBR
DNSLucio MorenoMEX
DNSRemigio BollanaITA
DNSRoss VirgoUSA
DNSMiksa BondiHUN

Round One

Date7 August 1948
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #107 AugBilly BoyceAUS
Match #207 AugLéon RollerLUX
Match #307 AugDuggie Du PreezRSA
Match #407 AugFeliciano RosanoURU
Match #507 AugEladio HerreraARG
Match #607 AugHumberto LoayzaCHI
Match #707 AugPeter ForanIRLDecisionGharib AfifiEGY
Match #807 AugHank HerringUSADecisionMaurice BombaertBEL
Match #907 AugAlex ObeysekeraSRIDecisionAnwar Pasha TurkiPAK
Match #1007 AugZygmunt ChychłaPOLDecisionFrits WijngaardNED
Match #1107 AugPierre HernandezFRADecisionGunnar HansenNOR
Match #1207 AugAlessandro D'OttavioITADecisionGeorge IssabegIRI
Match #1307 AugMax ShackladyGBRKnock-outChristian KristensenDEN
Match #1407 AugAurelio DíazESPDecisionRobert CranstonIND
Match #1507 AugJúlius TormaTCHDecisionGusztáv BeneHUN
Match #1607 AugClifford BlackburnCANDecisionMariano VélezPHI

Round Two

Date10 August 1948
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #110 AugBilly BoyceAUSDecisionLéon RollerLUX
Match #210 AugDuggie Du PreezRSADecisionFeliciano RosanoURU
Match #310 AugEladio HerreraARGDecisionHumberto LoayzaCHI
Match #410 AugHank HerringUSADecisionPeter ForanIRL
Match #510 AugZygmunt ChychłaPOLKnock-outAlex ObeysekeraSRI
Match #610 AugAlessandro D'OttavioITADecisionPierre HernandezFRA
Match #710 AugAurelio DíazESPDecisionMax ShackladyGBR
Match #810 AugJúlius TormaTCHReferee stops contestClifford BlackburnCAN


Date11 August 1948
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #111 AugDuggie Du PreezRSADecisionBilly BoyceAUS
Match #211 AugHank HerringUSADecisionEladio HerreraARG
Match #311 AugAlessandro D'OttavioITADecisionZygmunt ChychłaPOL
Match #411 AugJúlius TormaTCHDisqualifiedAurelio DíazESP


Date12 August 1948
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #112 AugHank HerringUSADecisionDuggie Du PreezRSA
Match #212 AugJúlius TormaTCHDecisionAlessandro D'OttavioITA

Final Round

Date13 August 1948
Match 1/213 AugJúlius TormaTCHDecisionHank HerringUSA
Match 3/413 AugAlessandro D'OttavioITADecisionDuggie Du PreezRSA