| Event type

Welterweight (≤147 pounds), Men

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

1Sten SuvioFINGold
2Michael MurachGERSilver
3Gerhard PedersenDENBronze
4Roger TritzFRA
=5Hens DekkersNED
=5Simplicio de CastroPHI
=5Imre MándiHUN
=5Raúl RodríguezARG
=9Walter PackGBR
=9Gaspard DeridderBEL
=9Metty SancassianiLUX
=9Walter GriebSUI
=9Chester RuteckiUSA
=9Rusty CookAUS
=9Tom ArbuthnottNZL
=9Rudolf AndreassenNOR
=17Francisco CostanzoURU
=17Maurice CamyréCAN
=17Umberto PittoriITA
=17Kyu-Hwan LeeJPN
=17Józef PisarskiPOL
=17Stanislav RajdlTCH
=17Emilio BalladoMEX
=17Enrique GiaveriniCHI
DNSAntonio ZúñigaESP
DNSFriedrich DröscherAUT
DNSGeorge SpearsGBR
DNSHowell KingUSA
DNSKarel SchmidtTCH
DNSPiero BignaminiITA
DNSZacarías FloresPER
DNSErich CampeGER

Round One (10 August 1936 — 15:00-20:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Michael MurachGER Bye
Match #2 Walter PackGBR Bye
Match #3 Hens DekkersNED Bye
Match #4 Gaspard DeridderBEL Bye
Match #5 Simplicio de CastroPHI Bye
Match #6 Metty SancassianiLUX Bye
Match #7 Walter GriebSUI Bye
Match #8 Roger TritzFRA Francisco CostanzoURU Disqualified (Round 2)
Match #9 Chester RuteckiUSA Maurice CamyréCAN Decision (– - –)
Match #10 Imre MándiHUN Umberto PittoriITA Decision (– - –)
Match #11 Sten SuvioFIN Kyu-Hwan LeeJPN Decision (– - –)
Match #12 Rusty CookAUS Józef PisarskiPOL Decision (– - –)
Match #13 Tom ArbuthnottNZL Zacarías FloresPER Walkover
Match #14 Raúl RodríguezARG Stanislav RajdlTCH Decision (– - –)
Match #15 Rudolf AndreassenNOR Emilio BalladoMEX Decision (– - –)
Match #16 Gerhard PedersenDEN Enrique GiaveriniCHI Decision (– - –)

Round Two (11 August 1936 — 15:00-20:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Michael MurachGER Walter PackGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Hens DekkersNED Gaspard DeridderBEL Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Simplicio de CastroPHI Metty SancassianiLUX Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Roger TritzFRA Walter GriebSUI Decision (– - –)
Match #5 Imre MándiHUN Chester RuteckiUSA Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Sten SuvioFIN Rusty CookAUS Decision (– - –)
Match #7 Raúl RodríguezARG Tom ArbuthnottNZL Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Gerhard PedersenDEN Rudolf AndreassenNOR Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (13 August 1936 — 15:00-20:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Michael MurachGER Hens DekkersNED Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Roger TritzFRA Simplicio de CastroPHI Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Sten SuvioFIN Imre MándiHUN Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Gerhard PedersenDEN Raúl RodríguezARG Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (14 August 1936 — 15:00-20:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Michael MurachGER Roger TritzFRA Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Sten SuvioFIN Gerhard PedersenDEN Decision (– - –)

Final Round (15 August 1936 — 20:30)

Match 1/2 Sten SuvioFIN Michael MurachGER Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Gerhard PedersenDEN Roger TritzFRA Decision (– - –)