| Event type

Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Men

Date7 – 13 August 1948
LocationEmpress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London / Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Participants26 from 26 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The change of weight limit for this class proved beneficial to the Czechoslovak boxer, Július Torma, for it allowed him to make the welterweight division and not fight at middleweight where the opposition was expected to be stronger. Torma’s charge to the title was nearly ended in the 2nd round by the skull of his Canadian opponent. Angered by what he considered the unsportsmanlike behaviour of Gerald Blackburn before the fight, Torma bludgeoned his opponent throughout but the coup-de-grace, a left hook, fractured a bone in his hand. The defensive skills of Torma proved sufficient to bring him to the final and a meeting with Hank Herring of the USA.

In a disappointing Olympic Games for the American team, Herring was the only boxer to reach a final but he couldn’t turn silver into gold and Czechoslovakia celebrated their first Olympic boxing title. Torma was born in Hungary and moved to Czechoslovakia after the war. He went on to win the 1949 European title and retired after career of 997 fights with just 60 losses. He won 13 Hungarian and 10 Czech titles. He returned to the Olympic arena twice more but was eliminated at the quarter-final stage on both occasions.

Alessandro D’Ottavio of Italy, the bronze medal winner, was most successful as a professional, winning his national light-heavyweight title whilst Gunnar Hansen, a first round loser, became a legendary figure in Norwegian boxing and was awarded the Olympic Order in bronze for his achievements in and out of the ring.

1Július TormaTCHGold
2Hank HerringUSASilver
3Alessandro D'OttavioITABronze
4Duggie Du PreezRSA
=5Billy BoyceAUS
=5Eladio HerreraARG
=5Zygmunt ChychłaPOL
=5Aurelio DíazESP
=9Léon RollerLUX
=9Feliciano RosanoURU
=9Humberto LoayzaCHI
=9Peter ForanIRL
=9Alex ObeysekeraSRI
=9Pierre HernandezFRA
=9Max ShackladyGBR
=9Clifford BlackburnCAN
=17Gharib AfifiEGY
=17Édouard BombartBEL
=17Anwar Pasha TurkiPAK
=17Frits WijngaardNED
=17Gunnar HansenNOR
=17George IssabegIRI
=17Christian KristensenDEN
=17Robert CranstonIND
=17Gusztáv BeneHUN
=17Mariano VélezPHI
DNSSoliman AbbasEGY
DNSCharley HumezFRA
DNSEmile DelminneBEL
DNSFederico CarbonellESP
DNSHugo UrreaARG
DNSJohn NuttallIND
DNSJohnny RyanGBR
DNSLucio MorenoMEX
DNSRemigio BollanaITA
DNSRoss VirgoUSA
DNSMiksa BondiHUN

Round One (7 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Billy BoyceAUS Bye
Match #2 Léon RollerLUX Bye
Match #3 Duggie Du PreezRSA Bye
Match #4 Feliciano RosanoURU Bye
Match #5 Eladio HerreraARG Bye
Match #6 Humberto LoayzaCHI Bye
Match #7 Peter ForanIRL Gharib AfifiEGY Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Hank HerringUSA Édouard BombartBEL Decision (– - –)
Match #9 Alex ObeysekeraSRI Anwar Pasha TurkiPAK Decision (– - –)
Match #10 Zygmunt ChychłaPOL Frits WijngaardNED Decision (– - –)
Match #11 Pierre HernandezFRA Gunnar HansenNOR Decision (– - –)
Match #12 Alessandro D'OttavioITA George IssabegIRI Decision (– - –)
Match #13 Max ShackladyGBR Christian KristensenDEN Knock Out (Round 3)
Match #14 Aurelio DíazESP Robert CranstonIND Decision (– - –)
Match #15 Július TormaTCH Gusztáv BeneHUN Decision (– - –)
Match #16 Clifford BlackburnCAN Mariano VélezPHI Decision (– - –)

Round Two (10 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Billy BoyceAUS Léon RollerLUX Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Duggie Du PreezRSA Feliciano RosanoURU Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Eladio HerreraARG Humberto LoayzaCHI Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Hank HerringUSA Peter ForanIRL Decision (– - –)
Match #5 Zygmunt ChychłaPOL Alex ObeysekeraSRI Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #6 Alessandro D'OttavioITA Pierre HernandezFRA Decision (– - –)
Match #7 Aurelio DíazESP Max ShackladyGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Július TormaTCH Clifford BlackburnCAN Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)

Quarter-Finals (11 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Duggie Du PreezRSA Billy BoyceAUS Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Hank HerringUSA Eladio HerreraARG Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Alessandro D'OttavioITA Zygmunt ChychłaPOL Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Július TormaTCH Aurelio DíazESP Disqualified (Round 2)

Semi-Finals (12 August 1948)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Hank HerringUSA Duggie Du PreezRSA Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Július TormaTCH Alessandro D'OttavioITA Decision (– - –)

Final Round (13 August 1948)

Match 1/2 Július TormaTCH Hank HerringUSA Decision (– - –)
Match 3/4 Alessandro D'OttavioITA Duggie Du PreezRSA Decision (– - –)