Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics

The 1920 Olympic boxing matches were conducted in the Auditorium at the Zoological Gardens in Antwerp. This was the first Olympic boxing tournament since 1908, as boxing was not contested in Sweden in 1912, when the Games were held in Stockholm. Matches at Antwerp were contested over three rounds, the first two lasting three minutes each and the last round of four minutes. Extra rounds, if they were necessary to decide draws, consisted of two minutes each. Two judges and a referee judged each match. All judges were European and more than half of them were Belgian. There were two sessions held each of the four days of the boxing tournament (21-24 August 1920). The afternoon session was held from 1400-1800, while the evening sessions lasted from 2000-2300.

There were a few controversies in 1920 Olympic boxing, but nothing approaching that of later Olympics. Two of the decisions upset the Americans a great deal, but Belgian sources seem to indicate that they were scoring and reporting errors, not actual judging errors.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Flyweight (≤112 pounds), Men Olympic 21 – 24 August 1920 16 9
Bantamweight (≤118 pounds), Men Olympic 21 – 24 August 1920 12 7
Featherweight (≤126 pounds), Men Olympic 21 – 24 August 1920 17 10
Lightweight (≤135 pounds), Men Olympic 21 – 24 August 1920 16 10
Welterweight (≤147 pounds), Men Olympic 21 – 24 August 1920 18 11
Middleweight (≤160 pounds), Men Olympic 21 – 24 August 1920 17 9
Light-Heavyweight (≤175 pounds), Men Olympic 21 – 24 August 1920 11 6
Heavyweight (>175 pounds), Men Olympic 21 – 24 August 1920 9 7
116 (116/0) 12 (12/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight, Men Frankie GenaroUSA Anders PedersenDEN William CuthbertsonGBR
Bantamweight, Men Sal WalkerRSA Cliff GrahamCAN George McKenzieGBR
Featherweight, Men Paul FritschFRA Jean GachetFRA Edoardo GarzenaITA
Lightweight, Men Sammy MosbergUSA Gotfred JohansenDEN Chris NewtonCAN
Welterweight, Men Bert SchneiderCAN Alex IrelandGBR Fred KolbergUSA
Middleweight, Men Harry MallinGBR Art Prud'hommeCAN Moe HerscovitchCAN
Light-Heavyweight, Men Eddie EaganUSA Sverre SørsdalNOR Harry FranksGBR
Heavyweight, Men Ron RawsonGBR Søren PetersenDEN Xavier EluèreFRA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 3 0 1 4
Great Britain GBR 2 1 3 6
Canada CAN 1 2 2 5
France FRA 1 1 1 3
South Africa RSA 1 0 0 1
Denmark DEN 0 3 0 3
Norway NOR 0 1 0 1
Italy ITA 0 0 1 1