| Event type

Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date26 November – 1 December 1956
LocationWest Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants14 from 14 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

The Soviet entrants in the higher weight divisions were all considered to be high class competitors and Gennady Shatkov, the reigning European champion, was certainly no exception. A powerful and aggressive fighter, Shatkov had a relatively easy passage, which included a quarter-final walkover, through to the final at Melbourne. The surprise of the tournament was a crude but strong fighter from Chile. Ramón Tapia had little experience of fighting outside his native country and was sent to a tournament earlier in 1956 in Uruguay with the knowledge that only a tournament victory would be good enough to allow him a place of the Chilean national team. He duly won and was sent to Melbourne. Tapia knocked out his first two opponents then reached the final when Gilbert Chapron was not fit to contest his semi-final. Reality kicked in during the final and the Chilean was punished for his recklessness by being knocked out in the first round of his contest with Shatkov. This was the first time Tapia had suffered this fate.

Four years later Shatkov contested the light-heavyweight division. His dreams of a second gold medal were thwarted in his second match by a young man called Cassius Clay.

1Gennady ShatkovURSGold
2Ramón TapiaCHISilver
=3Víctor ZalazarARGBronze
=3Gilbert ChapronFRABronze
=5Roger RouseUSA
=5Giulio RinaldiITA
=5Dieter WemhönerGER
=5Július TormaTCH
=9Jens AndersenDEN
=9Ralph HosackCAN
=9Ron RedrupGBR
=9Stig SjölinSWE
=9Howard RichterAUS
=9Zbigniew PiórkowskiPOL

Round One (26 November 1956)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Roger RouseUSA Bye
Match #2 Gilbert ChapronFRA Bye
Match #3 Giulio RinaldiITA Jens AndersenDEN Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Gennady ShatkovURS Ralph HosackCAN Decision (– - –)
Match #5 Dieter WemhönerGER Ron RedrupGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #6 Víctor ZalazarARG Stig SjölinSWE Decision (– - –)
Match #7 Július TormaTCH Howard RichterAUS Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Ramón TapiaCHI Zbigniew PiórkowskiPOL Referee Stops Contest (Round 1)

Quarter-Finals (29 November 1956)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Gilbert ChapronFRA Roger RouseUSA Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Gennady ShatkovURS Giulio RinaldiITA Walkover
Match #3 Víctor ZalazarARG Dieter WemhönerGER Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Ramón TapiaCHI Július TormaTCH Referee Stops Contest (Round 2)

Semi-Finals (30 November 1956)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Gennady ShatkovURS Víctor ZalazarARG Retired (Round 2)
Match #2 1 Ramón TapiaCHI Gilbert ChapronFRA 2Walkover

Final Round (1 December 1956)

Match 1/2 Gennady ShatkovURS Ramón TapiaCHI Knock Out (Round 1)