| Event type

Light-Heavyweight (≤175 pounds), Men

Date8 – 11 August 1928
LocationKrachtsportgebouw, Amsterdam
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

A meeting of two favourites occurred in the very first round, Germany’s Ernst Pistulla removing American champion Leon Lucas from the competition. Pistulla also disappointed the home crowd by defeating Karel Miljon, who had been considered the host nation’s best boxing hope, in the semi-finals. The other half of the draw saw the progress of the teenage Argentine Víctor Avendaño. Avendaño was a late addition to the Olympic team, his status as a conscripted soldier originally barred him from traveling to Amsterdam. A special permit was arranged and took his chance at glory with spectacular results. In defeating Pistulla in the final he became the first from his country to win an individual Olympic title.

1Víctor AvendañoARGGold
2Ernst PistullaGERSilver
3Karel MiljonNEDBronze
4Don McCorkindaleRSA
=5Juozas VinčaLTU
=5Don CarrickCAN
=5Boy MurphyIRL
=5Alf JacksonGBR
=9Domenico CeccarelliITA
=9Robert FoquetFRA
=9Sergio OjedaCHI
=9Jean WelterLUX
=9Leon LucasUSA
=9José MonllorESP
=9Emil JohanssonSWE
=9Alf CleverleyNZL
DNSClemente MeroniITA
DNSDave MaierUSA
DNSG. GuillotinFRA
DNSRhys HowellsGBR

Round One (8 August 1928)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Don McCorkindaleRSA Domenico CeccarelliITA Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Juozas VinčaLTU Robert FoquetFRA Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Víctor AvendañoARG Sergio OjedaCHI Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Don CarrickCAN Jean WelterLUX Decision (– - –)
Match #5 Ernst PistullaGER Leon LucasUSA Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Boy MurphyIRL José MonllorESP Knock Out (Round 1)
Match #7 Karel MiljonNED Emil JohanssonSWE Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Alf JacksonGBR Alf CleverleyNZL Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (9 August 1928)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Don McCorkindaleRSA Juozas VinčaLTU Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #2 Víctor AvendañoARG Don CarrickCAN Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Ernst PistullaGER Boy MurphyIRL Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Karel MiljonNED Alf JacksonGBR Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (10 August 1928)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Víctor AvendañoARG Don McCorkindaleRSA Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Ernst PistullaGER Karel MiljonNED Decision (– - –)

Final Round (11 August 1928)

Match 1/2 Víctor AvendañoARG Ernst PistullaGER Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Karel MiljonNED Don McCorkindaleRSA Decision (– - –)