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Light-Heavyweight (≤175 pounds), Men

Date21 – 24 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationFeestzaal, Koninklijke Zoölogische Maatschappij, Antwerpen
Participants11 from 6 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Although more excitement often accompanies the bigger weight classes, every match in the light-heavyweight division was decided by a decision. The winner was Eddie Eagan, who would later become a Rhodes Scholar and would also win a gold medal in bobsledding in the 1932 Olympic Winter Games. Through 2004, he remains the only athlete to have won gold medals in both the winter and summer Olympics. Eagan had been AAU Heavyweight Champion in 1919 and also won a title at the 1919 Inter-Allied Games, though strangely, in the middleweight class. Bronze medalist Harold Franks holds the distinction of being the only man to ever last three rounds against the 1920 heavyweight champion, Ronald Rawson.

PosBoxerNOC
1Eddie EaganUSAGold
2Sverre SørsdalNORSilver
3Harry FranksGBRBronze
4Hugh BrownGBR
=5Emil AndreasenDEN
=5Tom HoldstockRSA
=5Louis PiochelleFRA
=5Edwin SchellUSA
=9Johan ClementzNOR
=9René DarbouFRA
=9Jim McGregorRSA

Round One1 (21 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Tom HoldstockRSA Johan ClementzNOR Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Eddie EaganUSA Bye
Match #3 Harry FranksGBR Bye
Match #4 Louis PiochelleFRA Bye
Match #5 Hugh BrownGBR Bye
Match #6 Emil AndreasenDEN Bye
Match #7 Sverre SørsdalNOR René DarbouFRA Disqualified (Round 1)
Match #8 Edwin SchellUSA Jim McGregorRSA Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (23 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Eddie EaganUSA Tom HoldstockRSA Decision (– - –)
Match #2 2 Harry FranksGBR 3Louis PiochelleFRA Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Hugh BrownGBR Emil AndreasenDEN Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Sverre SørsdalNOR Edwin SchellUSA Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (23 August 1920)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Eddie EaganUSA Harry FranksGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Sverre SørsdalNOR Hugh BrownGBR Decision (– - –)

Final Round (24 August 1920)

Match 1/2 Eddie EaganUSA Sverre SørsdalNOR Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Harry FranksGBR Hugh BrownGBR Walkover