| Event type

Welterweight (≤147 pounds), Men

Date9 – 13 August 1932
LocationGrand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Sixteen boxers, the most in any weight division at the 1932 Olympic Games, competed in the welterweight division. Bruno Ahlberg of Finland impressed in the early rounds, earning a standing ovation from the crowd for the performance against the Italian Fabbroni. In contrast the USA’s Eddie Flynn had a difficult time in his quarter-final, he had knocked Dick Barton to the canvas early in the fight but the South African recovered and had a barnstorming final round. Flynn’s early advantage proved just enough to see him through. Another quarter-final saw the defeat of one of the title favourites, the Mexican Al Romero. Romero had McCleave of Britain on the canvas on no less than five occasions but the last one was the result of a low blow and having already been given a warning, he was disqualified. His protests came to nothing. No less than an hour later, he had signed a professional contract and made his debut in the same ring six weeks later.

The semi-final round saw Flynn box his way past McCleave while Ahlberg went down to defeat against Erich Campe, a German policeman. The final was a close one but Flynn was awarded the decision by 60-59 to the delight of the American crowd.

Eddie Flynn, originally from New Orleans, was a dentistry student at Loyola University who supplemented his income by working as a janitor for $60 a month. He was reputed to have been undefeated in 144 bouts in the amateur code. Picked out by “Time” magazine as the outstanding fighter at the 1932 AAU finals, he insisted he had no intention of turning professional; four months after his Olympic triumph, he turned professional. He lost seven of his thirty pro bouts and never fought for a title although the money earned helped him set up a dental practice.

1Eddie FlynnUSAGold
2Erich CampeGERSilver
3Bruno AhlbergFINBronze
4Dave McCleaveGBR
=5Carl JensenDEN
=5Luciano FabbroniITA
=5Dick BartonRSA
=5Lucien LaplaceFRA
=9Luis SardellaARG
=9Larry FloodIRL
=9Carlos PadillaPHI
=9Al RomeroMEX
=9Aikoku HirabayashiJPN
=9Nils AlthinSWE
=9Harold ThomasNZL
=9Tony ManciniCAN

Round One (9 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Eddie FlynnUSA Luis SardellaARG Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Dick BartonRSA Larry FloodIRL Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Lucien LaplaceFRA Carlos PadillaPHI Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Dave McCleaveGBR Al RomeroMEX Disqualified (Round –)
Match #5 Erich CampeGER Aikoku HirabayashiJPN Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Carl JensenDEN Nils AlthinSWE Decision (– - –)
Match #7 Luciano FabbroniITA Harold ThomasNZL Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Bruno AhlbergFIN Tony ManciniCAN Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (11 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Erich CampeGER Carl JensenDEN Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Bruno AhlbergFIN Luciano FabbroniITA Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Eddie FlynnUSA Dick BartonRSA Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Dave McCleaveGBR Lucien LaplaceFRA Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (12 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Erich CampeGER Bruno AhlbergFIN Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Eddie FlynnUSA Dave McCleaveGBR Decision (– - –)

Final Round (13 August 1932)

Match 1/2 Eddie FlynnUSA Erich CampeGER Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Bruno AhlbergFIN Dave McCleaveGBR Walkover