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Flyweight (≤112 pounds), Men

Date9 – 13 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationGrand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Participants12 from 12 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The favourites in this class were István Énekes of Hungary, the European champion, Werner Spannagel of Germany, the exotically named Italian Edelweiss Rodriguez and the home favourite Lou Salica. Fate decreed that all four were placed in the same half of the draw. Énekes was knocked to the floor in his quarter-final bout with Rodriguez but did enough to ensure his place in the semi-finals whilst Salica outpointed the European championship bronze medal winner Spannagel.

Énekes, a railway conductor from Budapest defeated Salica in the last four, the decision being deeply unpopular amongst the spectators, earning him the right to face Francisco Cabañas of Mexico in the final. Cabañas, the surprise package of the division had been forced to borrow money from friends and family to finance his trip to California. The Mexican was outfought by the Hungarian in the final but at least had the satisfaction of being the first boxing medal winner from his country.

István Énekes won another European amateur crown in 1934 but sadly, his life was to end at his own hands before his 30th birthday whilst Werner Spannagel was a victim of World War II. In contrast, Lou Salica had a long and successful professional career, twice winning versions of the world bantamweight title.

PosBoxerNOC
1István ÉnekesHUNGold
2Francisco CabañasMEXSilver
3Lou SalicaUSABronze
4Tommy PardoeGBR
=5Kiyonobu MurakamiJPN
=5Ivan DukeRSA
=5Werner SpannagelGER
=5Edelveis RodriguezITA
=9Jackie CalluraCAN
=9Juan TrilloARG
=9Gaston FayaudFRA
=9John GrayPHI

Round One (9 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Tommy PardoeGBR
Match #2 Kiyonobu MurakamiJPN
Match #3 Francisco CabañasMEX
Match #4 Ivan DukeRSA
Match #5 Lou SalicaUSA Jackie CalluraCAN Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Werner SpannagelGER Juan TrilloARG Decision (– - –)
Match #7 István ÉnekesHUN Gaston FayaudFRA Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Edelveis RodriguezITA John GrayPHI Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (10 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Tommy PardoeGBR Kiyonobu MurakamiJPN Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Francisco CabañasMEX Ivan DukeRSA Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Lou SalicaUSA Werner SpannagelGER Decision (– - –)
Match #4 István ÉnekesHUN Edelveis RodriguezITA Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (11 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Francisco CabañasMEX Tommy PardoeGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #2 István ÉnekesHUN Lou SalicaUSA Decision (– - –)

Final Round (13 August 1932)

Match 1/2 István ÉnekesHUN Francisco CabañasMEX Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Lou SalicaUSA Tommy PardoeGBR Walkover