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Light-Heavyweight (≤81 kilograms), Men

Date23 November – 1 December 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationWest Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants11 from 11 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

This was a division where the European fighters, specifically those from the Eastern Bloc, were thought to be strongest although the 1955 European champion, Erich Schoeppner, was not present as he had elected to turn professional early in 1956. His successor in the German team was due to be the talented Ulli Nitzschke but at the last minute he was withdrawn to fight in the heavyweight division. This left Romualdas Murauskas, a Lithuanian representing the Soviet Union, as the popular favourite for gold. US fighters had not had a good Olympic Games but Jim Boyd of the US Army was about to change that. He outpointed Murauskas in the semi-final then ground out a hard fought points decision over Romanian Gheorghe Negrea to ensure America retained the title won by Norvel Lee in Helsinki. After leaving the Army Boyd embarked on a short and unsuccessful pro career.

PosBoxerNOC
1Jim BoydUSAGold
2Gheorghe NegreaROUSilver
=3Romualdas MurauskasURSBronze
=3Carlos LucasCHIBronze
=5Tony MadiganAUS
=5Rodolfo DíazARG
=5Andrzej WojciechowskiPOL
=5Ottavio PanunziITA
=9Lennart RisbergSWE
=9Piet van VuurenRSA
=9Gerry CollinsCAN

Round One (23 November 1956)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Tony MadiganAUS Bye
Match #2 Romualdas MurauskasURS Bye
Match #3 Jim BoydUSA Bye
Match #4 Rodolfo DíazARG Bye
Match #5 Carlos LucasCHI Bye
Match #6 Andrzej WojciechowskiPOL Lennart RisbergSWE Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)
Match #7 Gheorghe NegreaROU Piet van VuurenRSA Decision (– - –)
Match #8 Ottavio PanunziITA Gerry CollinsCAN Decision (– - –)

Quarter-Finals (29 November 1956)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Romualdas MurauskasURS Tony MadiganAUS Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Jim BoydUSA Rodolfo DíazARG Decision (– - –)
Match #3 Carlos LucasCHI Andrzej WojciechowskiPOL Decision (– - –)
Match #4 Gheorghe NegreaROU Ottavio PanunziITA Decision (– - –)

Semi-Finals (30 November 1956)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Jim BoydUSA Romualdas MurauskasURS Decision (– - –)
Match #2 Gheorghe NegreaROU Carlos LucasCHI Decision (– - –)

Final Round (1 December 1956)

Match 1/2 Jim BoydUSA Gheorghe NegreaROU Decision (– - –)