| Event type

Bantamweight (≤54 kilograms), Men

Date7 – 13 August 1948
LocationEmpress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London / Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Participants30 from 30 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Arnoldo Pares of Argentina was considered by many as the favourite, having lost just five of his 195 amateur bouts. Future world professional champion, Vic Toweel of South Africa, lost to Pares in the opening match, but Pares was not to match the achievements of his flyweight and heavyweight team-mates and was defeated by Australia’s Jimmy Carruthers in the second round. Carruthers was unfortunate to sustain an eye injury in that match and had to withdraw from the tournament.

The beneficiary of Carruthers’ misfortune was the Hungarian boxer Tibor Csik and he proved able to maximize his opportunity. The Hungarian used his speed and mobility to outscore Italy’s Gianni Zuddas in the final.

Csik left Hungary and lived in Australia until his death in 1976. Juan Venegas became the first Puerto Rican to stand on the Olympic podium when he defeated his Spanish opponent in the bronze medal match.

In 1950, Vic Towell became the first South African to hold a universally recognised world professional title after defeating Manuel Ortiz. After four defences, he lost to Jimmy Carruthers on a first round knockout in a bout refereed by 1924 Olympic bantamweight champion, Willy Smith. Carruthers had an unusual ally helping him to weigh inside the bantamweight limit – after his retirement he was found to have been carrying a 30 foot long tapeworm inside him.

1Tibor CsíkHUNGold
2Gianni ZuddasITASilver
3Juan VenegasPURBronze
4Álvaro VicenteESP
=5Albert PereraSRI
=5Jimmy CarruthersAUS
=5Celestino GonzálezCHI
=5Willie LenihanIRL
=9Saw HardyMYA
=9Bob LallIND
=9Salvador RiveraPER
=9Arnoldo ParésARG
=9Edel OjedaMEX
=9Pedro CarrizoURU
=9Olavi OuvinenFIN
=9Jean-Marie GrenotFRA
=17Louis CaleboutBEL
=17Allan MonteiroPAK
=17Bertil AhlinSWE
=17Manoel do NascimentoBRA
=17Vic ToweelRSA
=17Fred DaigleCAN
=17Tommy ProffittGBR
=17Emanoul AghasiIRI
=17Hermann MazurkiewitschAUT
=17Wawrzyniec BazarnikPOL
=17Roger BehmLUX
=17Erik ThastumDEN
=17Bonifacio ZarcalPHI
=17Bill BossioUSA
DNSAndré PiensBEL
DNSGeorge KearnsIRL
DNSJimmy MitchellUSA
DNSJosé HernándezESP
DNSLászló BogácsHUN
DNSLuigi BevilacquaITA
DNSP. H. Le GuillouFRA
DNSTommy MillerGBR
DNSKaare GundersenNOR
DNSBob GoslinNZL

Round One (7 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Albert PereraSRI Bye
Match #2 Saw HardyMYA Bye
Match #3 Juan VenegasPUR Louis CaleboutBEL Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Bob LallIND Allan MonteiroPAK Referee Stops Contest (Round 1)
Match #5 Salvador RiveraPER Bertil AhlinSWE Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Tibor CsíkHUN Manoel do NascimentoBRA Disqualified (Round 2)
Match #7 Arnoldo ParésARG Vic ToweelRSA Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Jimmy CarruthersAUS Fred DaigleCAN Disqualified (Round 2)
Match #9 Edel OjedaMEX Tommy ProffittGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #10 Álvaro VicenteESP Emanoul AghasiIRI Decision (– - –)
Match #11 Pedro CarrizoURU Hermann MazurkiewitschAUT Decision (– - –)
Match #12 Celestino GonzálezCHI Wawrzyniec BazarnikPOL Decision (– - –)
Match #13 Willie LenihanIRL Roger BehmLUX Decision (– - –)
Match #14 Olavi OuvinenFIN Erik ThastumDEN Decision (– - –)
Match #15 Gianni ZuddasITA Bonifacio ZarcalPHI Decision (– - –)
Match #16 Jean-Marie GrenotFRA Bill BossioUSA Decision (– - –)

Round Two (10 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Albert PereraSRI Saw HardyMYA Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)
Match #2 Juan VenegasPUR Bob LallIND Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Tibor CsíkHUN Salvador RiveraPER Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Jimmy CarruthersAUS Arnoldo ParésARG Decision (– - –)
Match #5 Álvaro VicenteESP Edel OjedaMEX Disqualified (Round 3)
Match #6 Celestino GonzálezCHI Pedro CarrizoURU Decision (– - –)
Match #7 Willie LenihanIRL Olavi OuvinenFIN Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Gianni ZuddasITA Jean-Marie GrenotFRA Knock Out (Round 2)

Quarter-Finals (11 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Juan VenegasPUR Albert PereraSRI Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Tibor CsíkHUN Jimmy CarruthersAUS Walkover
Match #3 Álvaro VicenteESP Celestino GonzálezCHI Disqualified (Round 2)
Match #4 Gianni ZuddasITA Willie LenihanIRL Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)

Semi-Finals (12 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Tibor CsíkHUN Juan VenegasPUR Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Gianni ZuddasITA Álvaro VicenteESP Decision (– - –)

Final Round (13 August 1948)

Match 1/2 Tibor CsíkHUN Gianni ZuddasITA Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Juan VenegasPUR Álvaro VicenteESP Decision (– - –)