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Heavyweight (>175 pounds), Men

Date15 – 20 July 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationVélodrome d'Hiver, Paris
Participants15 from 10 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Two familiar names failed to win their opening bouts in the heavyweight division. Eddie Eagan, who was the light-heavyweight champion from Antwerp and who would become a bobsleigh gold medalist in 1932, was outpointed by the English policeman, Arthur Clifton, whilst Con O’Kelly, Jr., whose father had been a wrestling champion 16 years earlier, also took a swift exit. In the end it was two Scandinavian boxers that contested the final. Dane Søren Petersen had been a finalist in Antwerp but had already been knocked out by Otto von Porat of Norway prior to the Olympics. Petersen struggled to survive the first round but rebounded in the second and had his Norwegian opponent in deep trouble. Von Porat’s strong finish tipped the decision in his favour and he became his country’s first and so far, only, Olympic boxing champion.

Both finalists turned professional, von Porat emigrated to the USA and became a popular attraction within the Norwegian immigrant communities of Minnesota and Illinois. He eventually became Scandinavian heavyweight champion. Petersen was to become Danish champion but fail in an attempt at the European heavyweight title. In 1931 in Oslo, seven years after their previous meeting, the two men met as professionals with Von Porat claiming a fifth round knockout victory.

PosBoxerNOC
1Otto von PoratNORGold
2Søren PetersenDENSilver
3Alfredo PorzioARGBronze
4Henk de BestNED
=5Arthur CliftonGBR
=5Riccardo BertazzoloITA
=5Robert LarsenDEN
=5Ed GreathouseUSA
=9Eddie EaganUSA
=9Con O'Kelly, Jr.GBR
=9Charles PeguilhanFRA
=9Georges GalinatFRA
=9Charles JardineAUS
=9Carlo ScottiITA
=9Tomasz KonarzewskiPOL
DNSRags MaderaUSA
DNSHarry BillingsGBR
DNSM. RouxFRA
DNSTom WilliamsCAN
DNSV. ViljoenRSA

Round One (15 July 1924)

Match #1 Otto von PoratNOR Charles JardineAUS Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #2 Riccardo BertazzoloITA Con O'Kelly, Jr.GBR Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Alfredo PorzioARG Charles PeguilhanFRA Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Ed GreathouseUSA Georges GalinatFRA Decision (– - –)
Match #5 Henk de BestNED Tom WilliamsCAN Walkover
Match #6 Robert LarsenDEN Tomasz KonarzewskiPOL Disqualified (Round 3)
Match #7 Søren PetersenDEN Carlo ScottiITA Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Arthur CliftonGBR Eddie EaganUSA Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (18 July 1924)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Otto von PoratNOR Riccardo BertazzoloITA Knock Out (Round 1)
Match #2 Alfredo PorzioARG Ed GreathouseUSA Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Henk de BestNED Robert LarsenDEN Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Søren PetersenDEN Arthur CliftonGBR Walkover

Semi-Finals (19 July 1924)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Otto von PoratNOR Alfredo PorzioARG Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Søren PetersenDEN Henk de BestNED Decision (– - –)

Final Round (20 July 1924)

Match 1/2 Otto von PoratNOR Søren PetersenDEN Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Alfredo PorzioARG Henk de BestNED Decision (– - –)