|Date||10 – 15 August 1936|
|Participants||21 from 21 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament.|
Roger Michelot of France, who had reached the middleweight semi-finals in Los Angeles, returned for another attempt at Olympic glory and was amongst those touted for success in a division which had a number of contenders but no clear favourite. One of those contenders, Carl Vinciquerra, the US national amateur champion was the victim of a major shock in the opening round, the unheralded Egyptian fighter Mohamed Amin defeating him on points.
The final matched Michelot with Germany’s Richard Vogt and at first it appeared as Vogt was to cruise to victory. The German’s superior reach dominated the first three minutes and he took the round clearly. It was then that Michelot put his experience to work, punishing Vogt for his overconfidence and changing the course of the fight. An attack by Vogt had Michelot reeling in the last few moments of the fight but the Frenchman had done enough to win the championship.
Vogt had a professional career with included three separate reigns as German light-heavyweight champion. An attempt at the European title was lost but he did have the distinction of being the man who ended the career of former heavyweight champion Max Schmeling. Robey Leibbrandt of South Africa, who defaulted through injury from the bronze medal match, served seven years in prison in his native country. He was convicted of treason after working as an agent for the Nazis.
|=16||Walter von Bueren||SUI|
Winner of each match advanced to the second round.
|Match #1||Francisco Risiglione||ARG||Bye|
|Match #2||Jim Graser||LUX||Bye|
|Match #3||Tom Griffin||GBR||Bye|
|Match #4||Antonio Adipe||URU||Bye|
|Match #5||Hannes Koivunen||FIN||Bye|
|Match #6||Oliver Shanks||CAN||Bye|
|Match #7||Richard Vogt||GER||Bye|
|Match #8||Erminio Bolzan||ITA||Bye|
|Match #9||Roger Michelot||FRA||Bye|
|Match #10||Eulogio Quiroz||PER||Bye|
|Match #11||Børge Holm||DEN||Paul Schweifer||AUT||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #12||Wim Fock||NED||Wang Runlan||CHN||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #13||Leslie Harley||AUS||Walter von Bueren||SUI||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #14||František Havelka||TCH||Pol Goffaux||BEL||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #15||Robey Leibbrandt||RSA||Jarl Johnsen||NOR||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #16||Amin Mohamed||EGY||Carl Vinciquerra||USA||Decision (– - –)|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Francisco Risiglione||ARG||Jim Graser||LUX||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #2||Tom Griffin||GBR||Antonio Adipe||URU||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #3||Hannes Koivunen||FIN||Oliver Shanks||CAN||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #4||Richard Vogt||GER||Erminio Bolzan||ITA||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #5||Roger Michelot||FRA||Eulogio Quiroz||PER||Walkover|
|Match #6||Børge Holm||DEN||Wim Fock||NED||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #7||František Havelka||TCH||Leslie Harley||AUS||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #8||Robey Leibbrandt||RSA||Amin Mohamed||EGY||Decision (– - –)|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Francisco Risiglione||ARG||Tom Griffin||GBR||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #2||Richard Vogt||GER||Hannes Koivunen||FIN||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #3||Roger Michelot||FRA||Børge Holm||DEN||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #4||Robey Leibbrandt||RSA||František Havelka||TCH||Decision (– - –)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final match.
|Match #1||Richard Vogt||GER||Francisco Risiglione||ARG||Decision (– - –)|
|Match #2||Roger Michelot||FRA||Robey Leibbrandt||RSA||Decision (– - –)|
|Match 1/2||Roger Michelot||FRA||Richard Vogt||GER||Decision (– - –)|
|Match 3/4||Francisco Risiglione||ARG||Robey Leibbrandt||RSA||Walkover|