Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Featherweight

The featherweight was one of five boxing weight classes contested on the boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Like all other boxing events, it was open only to men. The boxing competitions were held on October 27. The featherweight was the second-lightest class, allowing boxers of up to 126 pounds (57.2 kg). Eight boxers from two nations competed.[1] Each NOC could enter up to 12 boxers.[2] France entered 5 boxers, 3 of whom withdrew; Great Britain entered 8 boxers, 2 of whom withdrew.

Men's featherweight boxing
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
DateOctober 27
Competitors8 from 2 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Richard Gunn  Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Charles Morris  Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Hugh Roddin  Great Britain
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1920 →

Competition formatEdit

There were three rounds in each bout, with the first two rounds being three minutes long and the last one going four minutes. Two judges scored the match, giving 5 points to the better boxer in each of the first two rounds and 7 to the better boxer in the third round. Marks were given to the other boxer in proportion to how well he did compared to the better. If the judges were not agreed on a winner at the end of the bout, the referee could either choose the winner or order a fourth round.[3]



October 27
October 27
October 27
  Thomas Ringer (GBR) 2
  Louis Constant (FRA) 0   Thomas Ringer (GBR) 0
  Richard Gunn (GBR) KO2   Richard Gunn (GBR) 2
  Étienne Poillot (FRA) L   Richard Gunn (GBR) 2
  Hugh Roddin (GBR) 2   Charles Morris (GBR) 0
  John Lloyd (GBR) 0   Hugh Roddin (GBR) 0
  Charles Morris (GBR) 2   Charles Morris (GBR) 2
  Edward Adams (GBR) 0

Did not start: R. Boudin, C. Hamel, and L. Lacombe of France; P.A. Jones and W.F. Norton of Great Britain


Poillot gave Gunn strong competition in the first round, but Gunn knocked the Frenchman down shortly before the first bell. When Poillot went down again before the end of the second round, he did not get back up. Morris won relatively easily, hitting with both right and left. Constant, while never giving Ringer a serious chance of defeat, fought well throughout the bout. Roddin and Lloyd boxed a physical campaign, each taking a great deal of punishment before Roddin won by decision.


Gunn and Morris both won their bouts in the latter ends of the contests, with Roddin and Ringer giving stiff competition in the early rounds but not able to keep up with the winners the whole way through.

There was no bronze medal bout, the third place was attributed.


Gunn fought Morris back and forth, with the 38-year-old veteran coming out on top following a strong final round.


Rank Boxer Nation
  Richard Gunn   Great Britain
  Charles Morris   Great Britain
  Hugh Roddin   Great Britain
4 Thomas Ringer   Great Britain
5 Edward Adams   Great Britain
Louis Constant   France
John Lloyd   Great Britain
Étienne Poillot   France


  1. ^ "Boxing at the 1908 London Summer Games: Men's Featherweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 33.
  3. ^ Official Report, pp. 418–19.


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Boxing 1908". Accessed 8 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].