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Featherweight (≤126 pounds), Men

Date21 – 24 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationFeestzaal, Koninklijke Zoölogische Maatschappij, Antwerpen
Participants17 from 10 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Paul Fritsch had his most difficult time in the first round when he faced George Etzell of the United States. In a close bout, the two judges gave the decision to Fritsch while the referee (Sykes of Great Britain) favored Etzell. The decision was at first announced for Etzell, as the referee raised the hand of the boxer he had voted for. But Pierre Makar of Belgium, one of the judges, quickly reversed the decision, stating, correctly, that he and the other judge had selected Fritsch as the victor. The Americans were irate, thinking the decision had been reversed when, in fact, it had only been announced incorrectly. In the next two rounds, Fritsch had an easy time of it, winning his quarter-final and semi-final matches by knock-outs. In the final he faced Jean Gachet of France and won an easy decision.

PosBoxerNOC
1Paul FritschFRAGold
2Jean GachetFRASilver
3Edoardo GarzenaITABronze
4Jack ZivicUSA
=5Philippe BovyBEL
=5Jim CaterGBR
=5Nick ClausenDEN
=5Paul ErdalNOR
=9Walter NewtonCAN
=9Arthur OlsenNOR
=9Willem HestermanNED
=9George EtcellUSA
=9Fred AdamsGBR
=9Roger VinckenBEL
=9Hans NielsenDEN
=16Ángel RodríguezARG
=16William RankinCAN
DNSGiuseppe ZanatiITA

Round One1 (21 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Nick ClausenDEN Bye
Match #2 Walter NewtonCAN Bye
Match #3 Jack ZivicUSA Bye
Match #4 Giuseppe ZanatiITA Bye
Match #5 Jean GachetFRA Bye
Match #6 Arthur OlsenNOR Ángel RodríguezARG Disqualified (Round 3)
Match #7 Willem HestermanNED William RankinCAN Knock Out (Round 3)
Match #8 Philippe BovyBEL Bye
Match #9 Paul FritschFRA Bye
Match #10 George EtcellUSA Bye
Match #11 Paul ErdalNOR Bye
Match #12 Fred AdamsGBR Bye
Match #13 Edoardo GarzenaITA Bye
Match #14 Roger VinckenBEL Bye
Match #15 Jim CaterGBR Bye
Match #16 Hans NielsenDEN Bye

Round Two (22 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 2 Nick ClausenDEN 3Walter NewtonCAN Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Jack ZivicUSA Giuseppe ZanatiITA Walkover
Match #3 Jean GachetFRA Arthur OlsenNOR Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Philippe BovyBEL Willem HestermanNED Decision (– - –)
Match #5 Paul FritschFRA George EtcellUSA Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Paul ErdalNOR Fred AdamsGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #7 Edoardo GarzenaITA Roger VinckenBEL Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Jim CaterGBR Hans NielsenDEN Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (23 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Jack ZivicUSA Nick ClausenDEN Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Jean GachetFRA Philippe BovyBEL Knock Out (Round 1)
Match #3 Paul FritschFRA Paul ErdalNOR Knock Out (Round 3)
Match #4 Edoardo GarzenaITA Jim CaterGBR Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (23 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Jean GachetFRA Jack ZivicUSA Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Paul FritschFRA Edoardo GarzenaITA Knock Out (Round 2)

Final Round (24 August 1920)

Match 1/2 Paul FritschFRA Jean GachetFRA Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Edoardo GarzenaITA Jack ZivicUSA Decision (– - –)