| Event type

Middleweight (≤160 pounds), Men

Date9 – 13 August 1932
LocationGrand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Participants10 from 10 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The German Bernlöhr was considered his country’s strongest hope but fell to Michelot of France in their quarter-final bout that was described as a “severe injustice” by German sources.

19-year old Cleveland native Carmen Barth’s bout with the Mexican middleweight Manuel Cruz ended with Cruz having the unfortunate distinction of being the only victim of a clean knockout at the LA Olympics. Whilst reports agree that the American was untroubled in winning his first two bouts needed to take the gold medal, reports of the final vary. American newspapers described him as “drumming a victory tattoo on the body of his Argentine opponent”. Other reports claim that, though boxing wildly, Amado Azar was still better than his more precise American opponent. The Argentinean was so upset when he wasn’t given the fight that he immediately left the ring and did not stay for the customary picture with the winner.

Roger Michelot of France lost in the last eight but returned four years later to take light-heavyweight gold in Berlin. Tragically, New Zealand representative Bert Lowe was long dead by then, a victim of a brain injury suffered in only his fourth professional fight.

1Carmen BarthUSAGold
2Amado AzarARGSilver
3Eddie PeirceRSABronze
4Roger MichelotFRA
=5Manuel CruzMEX
=5Lajos SzigetiHUN
=5Aldo LonginottiITA
=5Hans BernlöhrGER
=9Louis LavoieCAN
=9Bert LoweNZL

Round One (9 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Carmen BarthUSA
Match #2 Manuel CruzMEX
Match #3 Eddie PeirceRSA
Match #4 Lajos SzigetiHUN
Match #5 Amado AzarARG
Match #6 Aldo LonginottiITA
Match #7 Roger MichelotFRA Louis LavoieCAN Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Hans BernlöhrGER Bert LoweNZL Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (10 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Carmen BarthUSA Manuel CruzMEX Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #2 Eddie PeirceRSA Lajos SzigetiHUN Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Amado AzarARG Aldo LonginottiITA Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Roger MichelotFRA Hans BernlöhrGER Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (11 August 1932)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Carmen BarthUSA Eddie PeirceRSA Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Amado AzarARG Roger MichelotFRA Decision (– - –)

Final Round (13 August 1932)

Match 1/2 Carmen BarthUSA Amado AzarARG Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Eddie PeirceRSA Roger MichelotFRA Decision (– - –)