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Heavyweight (>81 kilograms), Men

Date25 August – 5 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationPalazzo dello Sport, Roma
Participants17 from 17 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

To non-Italians the heavyweight class in 1960 was rather nondescript, as no future greats made an appearance. But the Italians loved it as their fighter, Franco De Piccoli, won the gold medal. In the final, De Piccoli faced South African Daan Bekker, a 1956 Olympic bronze medalist who had won gold at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. But the match was over quickly, as De Piccoli knocked out Bekker early in the first round. Both De Piccoli and Bekker had short, but non-distinguished professional careers. De Piccoli fought through 1965 with a career record of 37 wins and 4 losses, but never fought for a major title. Bekker fought through 1963, although he returned for one bout in 1968, which he won, finishing with a record of 7 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw.

PosBoxerNOC
1Franco De PiccoliITAGold
2Daan BekkerRSASilver
=3Josef NěmecTCHBronze
=3Günter SiegmundGERBronze
=5Percy Price, Jr.USA
=5Andrey AbramovURS
=5Vasile MariuțanROU
=5Obrad SretenovićYUG
=9Dave ThomasGBR
=9Ron TaylorAUS
=9Manuel GarcíaESP
=9Willy VennemanBEL
=9Max BösigerSUI
=9Joseph SyozFRA
=9Władysław JędrzejewskiPOL
=9Eduardo CorlettiARG
17Joe CaseyIRL

Round One (25 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 Josef NěmecTCH Bye
Match #2 Dave ThomasGBR Bye
Match #3 Percy Price, Jr.USA Bye
Match #4 Ron TaylorAUS Bye
Match #5 Andrey AbramovURS Bye
Match #6 Manuel GarcíaESP Bye
Match #7 Willy VennemanBEL Bye
Match #8 Franco De PiccoliITA Bye
Match #9 Günter SiegmundGER Bye
Match #10 Max BösigerSUI Bye
Match #11 Joseph SyozFRA Bye
Match #12 Vasile MariuțanROU Bye
Match #13 Daan BekkerRSA Bye
Match #14 Władysław JędrzejewskiPOL Bye
Match #15 Eduardo CorlettiARG Bye
Match #16 Obrad SretenovićYUG Joe CaseyIRL Decision (5 - 0)

Round Two (31 August 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Josef NěmecTCH Dave ThomasGBR Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Percy Price, Jr.USA Ron TaylorAUS Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #3 Andrey AbramovURS Manuel GarcíaESP Referee Stops Contest (Round 1)
Match #4 Franco De PiccoliITA Willy VennemanBEL Retired (Round 1)
Match #5 Günter SiegmundGER Max BösigerSUI Referee Stops Contest (Round 3)
Match #6 Vasile MariuțanROU Joseph SyozFRA Decision (5 - 0)
Match #7 Daan BekkerRSA Władysław JędrzejewskiPOL Knock Out (Round 1)
Match #8 Obrad SretenovićYUG Eduardo CorlettiARG Decision (4 - 1)

Quarter-Finals (2 September 1960)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Josef NěmecTCH Percy Price, Jr.USA Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Franco De PiccoliITA Andrey AbramovURS Decision (5 - 0)
Match #3 Günter SiegmundGER Vasile MariuțanROU Decision (5 - 0)
Match #4 Daan BekkerRSA Obrad SretenovićYUG Knock Out (Round 1)

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

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Franco De PiccoliITA Josef NěmecTCH Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Daan BekkerRSA Günter SiegmundGER Decision (4 - 1)

Final Round (5 September 1960 — 21:00)

Match 1/2 Franco De PiccoliITA Daan BekkerRSA Knock Out (Round 1, 1:30)