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Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date26 August – 5 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationPalazzo dello Sport, Roma
Participants25 from 25 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Eddie Crook had been considered a favorite to make the 1956 US Olympic boxing team until he broke his hand in an early trials bout, and although he continued, he lost in the finals. Between 1956-60 he won two Golden Gloves titles and the Eastern AAU crown, and qualified easily for Rome. In the eternal city, Crook had an easy time of it, winning three of his first four bouts by knockout or TKO to get to the final. In the final he faced the Pole Tadeusz Walasek, who had won silvers at the European Championships in 1957 and 1959, but Crook prevailed by a narrow decision, 3-2. Walasek would return to win the European Championship in 1961, but Crook never fought again at a high level. He joined the military, serving two tours in Vietnam as a command sergeant major. For his service he earned two Purple Hearts, one Silver Star, and one Bronze Star.

PosBoxerNOC
1Eddie CrookUSAGold
2Tadeusz WalasekPOLSilver
=3Ion MoneaROUBronze
=3Yevgeny FeofanovURSBronze
=5Hans BüchiSUI
=5Chang Lo-PuTPE
=5Luigi NapoleoniITA
=5Frik van RooyenRSA
=9Vasil PaparizovBUL
=9Roy AddisonGBR
=9Milo SarensBEL
=9Peter OdhiamboUGA
=9Moussa El-GelidiUAR
=9Carlos LucasCHI
=9Taffy DaviesAUS
=9Eamonn McKeonIRL
=17Fidel OdremánVEN
=17Moustafa Ben LahbibMAR
=17Eberhard RadzikGER
=17Rodolfo LozaARG
=17Yoland LevèqueFRA
=17Sultan MahmoudPAK
=17Achton MikkelsenDEN
=17Mohamed Ben GandoubiTUN
=17Egon RuschAUT

Round One (26 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Ion MoneaROU Bye
Match #2 Vasil PaparizovBUL Bye
Match #3 Roy AddisonGBR Bye
Match #4 Hans BüchiSUI Bye
Match #5 Milo SarensBEL Bye
Match #6 Chang Lo-PuTPE Bye
Match #7 Peter OdhiamboUGA Bye
Match #8 Eddie CrookUSA Fidel OdremánVEN Referee Stops Contest (Round 1, 2:58)
Match #9 Luigi NapoleoniITA Moustafa Ben LahbibMAR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #10 Moussa El-GelidiUAR Eberhard RadzikGER Referee Stops Contest (Round 2, 2:15)
Match #11 Carlos LucasCHI Rodolfo LozaARG Decision (4 - 1)
Match #12 Yevgeny FeofanovURS Yoland LevèqueFRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #13 Tadeusz WalasekPOL Sultan MahmoudPAK Decision (5 - 0)
Match #14 Taffy DaviesAUS Achton MikkelsenDEN Decision (3 - 2)
Match #15 Eamonn McKeonIRL Mohamed Ben GandoubiTUN Decision (5 - 0)
Match #16 Frik van RooyenRSA Egon RuschAUT Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (30 – 31 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Ion MoneaROU Vasil PaparizovBUL Decision (5 - 0)
Match #2 Hans BüchiSUI Roy AddisonGBR Decision (4 - 1)
Match #3 Chang Lo-PuTPE Milo SarensBEL Decision (4 - 1)
Match #4 Eddie CrookUSA Peter OdhiamboUGA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #5 Luigi NapoleoniITA Moussa El-GelidiUAR Decision (5 - 0)
Match #6 Yevgeny FeofanovURS Carlos LucasCHI Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #7 Tadeusz WalasekPOL Taffy DaviesAUS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #8 Frik van RooyenRSA Eamonn McKeonIRL Decision (5 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (2 September 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Ion MoneaROU Hans BüchiSUI Referee Stops Contest (Round 1)
Match #2 Eddie CrookUSA Chang Lo-PuTPE Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)
Match #3 Yevgeny FeofanovURS Luigi NapoleoniITA Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #4 Tadeusz WalasekPOL Frik van RooyenRSA Decision (5 - 0)

Semi-Finals (3 September 1960 — 21:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Eddie CrookUSA Ion MoneaROU Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #2 Tadeusz WalasekPOL Yevgeny FeofanovURS Decision (4 - 1)

Final Round (5 September 1960 — 21:00)

Match 1/2 Eddie CrookUSA Tadeusz WalasekPOL Decision (3 - 2)