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Lightweight (≤62 kilograms), Men

Date9 – 13 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationWembley Arena, Wembley, London
Participants27 from 27 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

With an outstanding American in Wallace “Bud” Smith and a strong challenge from a number of European fighters the lightweight division was not short of quality. Belgium’s Jos Vissers won the European Championships in 1947 whilst the wiry Dane, Svend Vad , had won the bronze medal. Ireland’s Maxie McCullagh was also reckoned to be a prospect for honours.

All the major challengers reached the quarter-finals where Wad had the better of McCullagh and Visser struggled before edging Canada’s Haddad in a contest which many thought the Canadian deserved to win. Bud Smith had been the most impressive fighter in the tournament but a much improved Visser edged their semi-final and was joined in the final by the South African teenager, Gerard Dreyer. Dreyer had surprised Wad in the semi-final and continued to impress in the final. Visser played the aggressor but Dreyer’s solid defence held sway until a momentary lapse from the Belgian left him open to a left hook. Although Visser recovered from the second round knockdown, the course of the fight was decided and Dreyer took the gold for South Africa.

Bud Smith became world lightweight champion in 1955 and held the title for over a year. He retired with a career record of 31 wins from 60 fights although a run of 11 losses at the end of his career distorts that record slightly. Smith was shot and killed in 1973 whilst in conversation with a woman who was the intended target of the gunman. Dreyer and Vad also enjoyed success as professionals but not to the same extent as Smith.

PosBoxerNOC
1Gerald DreyerRSAGold
2Jos VissersBELSilver
3Svend VadDENBronze
4Bud SmithUSA
=5Øivind BreibyNOR
=5Maxie McCullaghIRL
=5Ralph ZumbanoBRA
=5Eddie HaddadCAN
=9Ernesto PortoPHI
=9Gang In-SeokKOR
=9Ron CooperGBR
=9Alberto BoullosaURU
=9Auguste CauletFRA
=9Manuel LópezARG
=9Eddie GraySRI
=9Edy SchmidigerSUI
=17Tauno RinkinenFIN
=17Jan RemieNED
=17Gene RaymondIND
=17Agustín ArgoteESP
=17Fränz EhringerLUX
=17Mario MinatelliITA
=17Eduardo CornejoCHI
=17Masoud RahimihaIRI
=17Ezz El-Din NasirEGY
=17Alois PetřinaTCH
=17Billy BarberAUS
DNSÁngel ArriagaMEX
DNSAli ZakiEGY
DNSCerra Bachir CherakaFRA
DNSChuck DaveyUSA
DNSLászló VajdeHUN
DNSLeif MadsenDEN
DNSLuis GutiérrezPER
DNSManuel MartínezARG
DNSRoger DelabasseeBEL
DNSTot GlanvilleGBR
DNSUmberto Del CarloITA
DNSVictoriano OlivaresESP
DNSPál BudaiHUN
DNSRobert CranstonIND
DNSAnwar Pasha TurkiPAK

Round One (9 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Gerald DreyerRSA Bye
Match #2 Ernesto PortoPHI Bye
Match #3 Øivind BreibyNOR Bye
Match #4 Gang In-SeokKOR Bye
Match #5 Maxie McCullaghIRL Tauno RinkinenFIN Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Ron CooperGBR Jan RemieNED Decision (– - –)
Match #7 Svend VadDEN Gene RaymondIND Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Alberto BoullosaURU Agustín ArgoteESP Decision (– - –)
Match #9 Ralph ZumbanoBRA Fränz EhringerLUX Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #10 Auguste CauletFRA Mario MinatelliITA Decision (– - –)
Match #11 Bud SmithUSA Eduardo CornejoCHI Decision (– - –)
Match #12 Manuel LópezARG Masoud RahimihaIRI Decision (– - –)
Match #13 Eddie HaddadCAN Ezz El-Din NasirEGY Decision (– - –)
Match #14 Eddie GraySRI Alois PetřinaTCH Disqualified (Round 1)
Match #15 Edy SchmidigerSUI Luis GutiérrezPER Walkover
Match #16 Jos VissersBEL Billy BarberAUS Decision (– - –)

Round Two (10 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Gerald DreyerRSA Ernesto PortoPHI Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Øivind BreibyNOR Gang In-SeokKOR Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Maxie McCullaghIRL Ron CooperGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Svend VadDEN Alberto BoullosaURU Decision (– - –)
Match #5 Ralph ZumbanoBRA Auguste CauletFRA Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Bud SmithUSA Manuel LópezARG Decision (– - –)
Match #7 Eddie HaddadCAN Eddie GraySRI Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Jos VissersBEL Edy SchmidigerSUI Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (11 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Gerald DreyerRSA Øivind BreibyNOR Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Svend VadDEN Maxie McCullaghIRL Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Bud SmithUSA Ralph ZumbanoBRA Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #4 Jos VissersBEL Eddie HaddadCAN Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (12 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Gerald DreyerRSA Svend VadDEN Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Jos VissersBEL Bud SmithUSA Decision (– - –)

Final Round (13 August 1948)

Match 1/2 Gerald DreyerRSA Jos VissersBEL Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Svend VadDEN Bud SmithUSA Walkover