|Date||10 – 15 August 1936|
|Participants||24 from 24 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament.|
The welterweight division had no clear favourite although the German fighter, Michael Murach, was expected to perform well in front of a home audience. Imre Mándi of Hungary and Cook of Australia were also expected to put in strong performances.
Mándi’s victory over the US boxer Chester Rutecki was hotly disputed by the American team management, Mándi hit the canvas in the first round and was warned for fouling on four occasions but won the decision. US boxing coach Johnny Behr was quoted as saying “This beats the Olympic record for terrible decisions” and the US boxing team withdrew from the Olympics, only to reconsider their decision an hour later. Another controversy occurred in the very first bout of the competition, when Uruguay’s Costanzo was disqualified in his match against Tritz of France, his supporters surrounded the ring and threatened to slit the referee’s throat.
Finland’s Sten Suvio was not blessed with an easy draw, he faced Cook and Mándi in successive rounds but managed to gain the decision over both. After a semi-final victory over the eventual bronze medal winner, Pedersen of Denmark, he found himself facing Murach in the final. Very much the outsider in the final, Suvio bided his time in the first three minutes as Murach launched his attacks. Suvio’s opportunity came halfway through the second round; a hard right hand stopped the German in his tracks and changed the course of the fight. The Finn began to dominate, landing punch after punch and Murach briefly visited the canvas as he tired badly. Suvio’s victory was the first gold medal victory by a Finnish boxer.
Micheal Murach went on to defeat Mándi in the final of the 1937 European Championship but was to die fighting on the Eastern Front in 1941, Sven Suvio fought in the Finnish army but survived to resume his modestly successful career as a professional. Raúl Rodríguez of Argentina, who lost in the last eight became professional middleweight champion of South America.
|=5||Simplicio de Castro||PHI|
Winner of each match advanced to the second round.
|Match #1||Michael Murach||GER||Bye|
|Match #2||Walter Pack||GBR||Bye|
|Match #3||Hens Dekkers||NED||Bye|
|Match #4||Gaspard Deridder||BEL||Bye|
|Match #5||Simplicio de Castro||PHI||Bye|
|Match #6||Metty Sancassiani||LUX||Bye|
|Match #7||Walter Grieb||SUI||Bye|
|Match #8||Roger Tritz||FRA||Francisco Costanzo||URU||Disqualified (Round 2)|
|Match #9||Chester Rutecki||USA||Maurice Camyré||CAN||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #10||Imre Mándi||HUN||Umberto Pittori||ITA||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #11||Sten Suvio||FIN||Kyu-Hwan Lee||JPN||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #12||Rusty Cook||AUS||Józef Pisarski||POL||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #13||Tom Arbuthnott||NZL||Zacarías Flores||PER||Walkover|
|Match #14||Raúl Rodríguez||ARG||Stanislav Rajdl||TCH||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #15||Rudolf Andreassen||NOR||Emilio Ballado||MEX||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #16||Gerhard Pedersen||DEN||Enrique Giaverini||CHI||Decision (– - –)|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Michael Murach||GER||Walter Pack||GBR||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #2||Hens Dekkers||NED||Gaspard Deridder||BEL||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #3||Simplicio de Castro||PHI||Metty Sancassiani||LUX||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #4||Roger Tritz||FRA||Walter Grieb||SUI||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #5||Imre Mándi||HUN||Chester Rutecki||USA||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #6||Sten Suvio||FIN||Rusty Cook||AUS||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #7||Raúl Rodríguez||ARG||Tom Arbuthnott||NZL||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #8||Gerhard Pedersen||DEN||Rudolf Andreassen||NOR||Decision (– - –)|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Michael Murach||GER||Hens Dekkers||NED||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #2||Roger Tritz||FRA||Simplicio de Castro||PHI||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #3||Sten Suvio||FIN||Imre Mándi||HUN||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #4||Gerhard Pedersen||DEN||Raúl Rodríguez||ARG||Decision (– - –)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final match.
|Match #1||Michael Murach||GER||Roger Tritz||FRA||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #2||Sten Suvio||FIN||Gerhard Pedersen||DEN||Decision (– - –)|
|Match 1/2||Sten Suvio||FIN||Michael Murach||GER||Decision (– - –)|
|Match 3/4||Gerhard Pedersen||DEN||Roger Tritz||FRA||Decision (– - –)|