| Event type

Bantamweight (≤118 pounds), Men

Date10 – 15 August 1936
LocationDeutschlandhalle, Berlin
Participants24 from 24 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Before the competition began the favourites had included the Italian champion Ulderico Sergo, who had been the outstanding European bantamweight over the previous twelve months, Cederberg of Sweden, the reigning silver medallist from the European championship, and Jackie Wilson of the United States who had moved up from flyweight due to problems making the weight. These three lived up to their expectations and were joined in the semi-final by Ortíz of Mexico.

Sergo was a factory worker but had received generous backing by the Federazione Pugilistica Italiana and was in excellent physical condition. Sergo defeated Cederberg and moved on to the final where he would meet Wilson for the gold medal. Although Wilson, at 5 ft 10 in/182 cm, was the taller man and had a reach advantage over his opponent, the tenacious Italian took the fight to the American. The first round was close but Sergo moved up a gear from then on, forcing his opponent back onto the ropes and negating his physical advantages. Wilson had been considered the USA’s best chance of a championship but when he tried to turn the fight his way in the final round he had left it too late, Sergo was a clear champion.

Sergo went on to win the European Amateur championships on home soil in 1937 and retain it in 1939 in Dublin. He would have been a strong medal contender for the cancelled 1940 Games. With no prospect of further Olympic success available, Sergo turned professional but no less than six attempts at Italian national titles ended in failure. Jackie Wilson’s professional début came in late 1936 in Los Angeles, where he was to base his career. One of the best lightweights and welterweights of his era, he was unlucky never to earn a world title shot. He did however win a California state title and went the distance with both Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta.

1Ulderico SergoITAGold
2Jackie WilsonUSASilver
3Fidel OrtizMEXBronze
4Stig CederbergSWE
=5Joseph CornelisBEL
=5Shunpei HashiokaJPN
=5Alec HannanRSA
=5Oscar de LarrazábalPHI
=9José VergaraCHI
=9Frigyes KubinyiHUN
=9Walter MathäAUT
=9Karl KummerSUI
=9Alf BarnesGBR
=9Antoni CzortekPOL
=9Willi StaschGER
=9Alfredo PetroneURU
=17Harvey LacelleCAN
=17František DoležalTCH
=17Veikko HuuskonenFIN
=17Pierre BonnetFRA
=17Marin GașparROU
=17Viggo FrederiksenDEN
=17Jo de MoorNED
=17Leonardo GulaARG
DNSArturo PaolettiITA
DNSJohnny BrownUSA
DNSJoseph SchmitzGER
DNSLaurie CaseGBR
DNSVáclav JelínekTCH
DNSWilly JensenDEN
DNSJosé LorenteESP

Round One

Date10 August 1936 — 15:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the second round.
Match #110 AugShunpei HashiokaJPN
Match #210 AugKarl KummerSUI
Match #310 AugUlderico SergoITA
Match #410 AugFrigyes KubinyiHUN
Match #510 AugStig CederbergSWE
Match #610 AugWalter MathäAUT
Match #710 AugJoseph CornelisBEL
Match #810 AugJosé VergaraCHI
Match #910 AugFidel OrtizMEXDecisionHarvey LacelleCAN
Match #1010 AugAlf BarnesGBRDecisionFrantišek DoležalTCH
Match #1110 AugAlec HannanRSADecisionVeikko HuuskonenFIN
Match #1210 AugAntoni CzortekPOLDecisionPierre BonnetFRA
Match #1310 AugWilli StaschGERDecisionMarin GașparROU
Match #1410 AugOscar de LarrazábalPHIDecisionViggo FrederiksenDEN
Match #1510 AugAlfredo PetroneURUDecisionJo de MoorNED
Match #1610 AugJackie WilsonUSADecisionLeonardo GulaARG

Round Two

Date11 August 1936 — 15:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #111 AugShunpei HashiokaJPNDecisionKarl KummerSUI
Match #211 AugUlderico SergoITADecisionFrigyes KubinyiHUN
Match #311 AugStig CederbergSWEDecisionWalter MathäAUT
Match #411 AugJoseph CornelisBELDecisionJosé VergaraCHI
Match #511 AugFidel OrtizMEXDecisionAlf BarnesGBR
Match #611 AugAlec HannanRSADecisionAntoni CzortekPOL
Match #711 AugOscar de LarrazábalPHIDecisionWilli StaschGER
Match #811 AugJackie WilsonUSADecisionAlfredo PetroneURU


Date13 August 1936 — 15:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #113 AugUlderico SergoITADecisionJoseph CornelisBEL
Match #213 AugStig CederbergSWEDecisionShunpei HashiokaJPN
Match #313 AugFidel OrtizMEXDecisionAlec HannanRSA
Match #413 AugJackie WilsonUSAKnock-outOscar de LarrazábalPHI


Date14 August 1936 — 15:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #114 AugUlderico SergoITADecisionStig CederbergSWE
Match #214 AugJackie WilsonUSADecisionFidel OrtizMEX

Final Round

Date15 August 1936 — 20:30
Match 1/215 AugUlderico SergoITADecisionJackie WilsonUSA
Match 3/415 AugFidel OrtizMEXDecisionStig CederbergSWE