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Light-Welterweight (≤63.5 kilograms), Men

Date28 July – 2 August 1952
LocationMessuhalli I, Helsinki
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The 1952 Olympic Games marked the first shots in a sporting cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union that would last for over three decades. In boxing this rivalry came to a head in the light-welterweight division where the first ever USA-USSR final was fought out between Chuck Adkins and Viktor Mednov . In truth neither fighter had been troubled in their preliminary rounds as both reached the final via a series of unanimous points decisions and stoppages. Adkins, who arrived in Finland as understudy to Joe Reynolds to whom he had lost in the US trials, impressed the judges much as he had the US officials in pre-Games training, and won the decision over Mednov by a 2-1 split of the voting. Adkins, a former NCAA champion, went on to fight as a professional for five years without hitting the very top of his profession and also became the first black boxing coach at American collegiate level when he coached at San Jose State University.

1Chuck AdkinsUSAGold
2Viktor MednovURSSilver
=3Erkki MalleniusFINBronze
=3Bruno VisintinITABronze
=5Alexander WebsterRSA
=5Jean PaternotteBEL
=5Terry MilliganIRL
=5René WeissmannFRA
=9Stanley MajidMYA
=9Fernand BackesLUX
=9Pavle ŠovljanskiYUG
=9Francisc AmbrușROU
=9Peter WatermanGBR
=9Salomón CarrizalesVEN
=9Piet van KlaverenNED
=9Juan CuretPUR
=17Leszek KudłacikPOL
=17Béla FarkasHUN
=17Hans PetersenDEN
=17Norm JonesAUS
=17Óscar GallardoARG
=17Herbert SchillingGER
=17Leif HansenNOR
=17Celestino PintoBRA
=17Roy KeenanCAN
=17Ibrahim AfsharpourIRI
=17Sarkis MoussaLBN
=17Ernesto PortoPHI
DNSGerman LobodinURS
DNSJoe ReynoldsUSA
DNSParry DandoGBR
DNSStanisław ZalewskiPOL
DNSMartti LehteväFIN
DNSRon NorrisIND

Round One (28 July 1952)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Erkki MalleniusFIN Bye
Match #2 Stanley MajidMYA Bye
Match #3 Jean PaternotteBEL Bye
Match #4 Fernand BackesLUX Bye
Match #5 René WeissmannFRA Leszek KudłacikPOL Decision (2 - 1)
Match #6 Pavle ŠovljanskiYUG Béla FarkasHUN Decision (3 - 0)
Match #7 Francisc AmbrușROU Hans PetersenDEN Decision (3 - 0)
Match #8 Viktor MednovURS Norm JonesAUS Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)
Match #9 Peter WatermanGBR Óscar GallardoARG Decision (2 - 1)
Match #10 Alexander WebsterRSA Herbert SchillingGER Decision (3 - 0)
Match #11 Chuck AdkinsUSA Leif HansenNOR Referee Stops Contest (Round 1)
Match #12 Salomón CarrizalesVEN Celestino PintoBRA Decision (2 - 1)
Match #13 Piet van KlaverenNED Roy KeenanCAN Decision (2 - 1)
Match #14 Terry MilliganIRL Ibrahim AfsharpourIRI Decision (3 - 0)
Match #15 Juan CuretPUR Sarkis MoussaLBN Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #16 Bruno VisintinITA Ernesto PortoPHI Knock Out (Round 2)

Round Two (29 – 30 July 1952)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Erkki MalleniusFIN Stanley MajidMYA Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)
Match #2 Jean PaternotteBEL Fernand BackesLUX Decision (3 - 0)
Match #3 René WeissmannFRA Pavle ŠovljanskiYUG Disqualified (Round 3)
Match #4 Viktor MednovURS Francisc AmbrușROU Referee Stops Contest (Injured) (Round –)
Match #5 Alexander WebsterRSA Peter WatermanGBR Decision (3 - 0)
Match #6 Chuck AdkinsUSA Salomón CarrizalesVEN Decision (3 - 0)
Match #7 Terry MilliganIRL Piet van KlaverenNED Decision (3 - 0)
Match #8 Bruno VisintinITA Juan CuretPUR Decision (3 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (31 July 1952)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Chuck AdkinsUSA Alexander WebsterRSA Decision (3 - 0)
Match #2 Erkki MalleniusFIN Jean PaternotteBEL Decision (2 - 1)
Match #3 Bruno VisintinITA Terry MilliganIRL Decision (3 - 0)
Match #4 Viktor MednovURS René WeissmannFRA Decision (3 - 0)

Semi-Finals (1 August 1952)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Viktor MednovURS Erkki MalleniusFIN Walkover
Match #2 Chuck AdkinsUSA Bruno VisintinITA Decision (3 - 0)

Final Round (2 August 1952)

Match 1/2 Chuck AdkinsUSA Viktor MednovURS Decision (2 - 1)