Boxing at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Heavyweight

The men's heavyweight boxing competition at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England, was held from 9 to 13 August at the Empress Hall in Earl's Court and the Wembley Arena.[1]

Men's heavyweight
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
VenueEarl's Court
Wembley Arena
Date9–13 August
Competitors17 from 17 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Rafael Iglesias  Argentina
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Gunnar Nilsson  Sweden
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) John Arthur  South Africa
← 1936
1952 →

Competition formatEdit

Like all Olympic boxing events, the competition was a straight single-elimination tournament. The competition began with a preliminary round on 9 August, where the number of competitors was reduced to 16, and concluded with a final on 13 August. As there were less than 32 boxers in the competition, a number of boxers received a bye for the preliminary round. All bouts consisted of three periods where the boxers received points for every successful punch they land on their opponent's head or upper body. The boxer with the most points at the end of the bouts wins. If a boxer is knocked to the ground and cannot get up before the referee counts to 10 then the bout is over and the opponent wins.


Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
  Adam Faul (CAN) PTS
  Víctor Bignon (CHI)
  Adam Faul (CAN)
  Gunnar Nilsson (SWE) PTS
  Gunnar Nilsson (SWE) DSQ-2
  Mohammad Jamshidabadi (IRI)
  Gunnar Nilsson (SWE) PTS
  Hans Müller (SUI)
  Agustín Muñiz (URU)
  Hans Müller (SUI) KO-2
  Hans Müller (SUI) PTS
  Jack Gardner (GBR)
  Karl Ameisbichler (AUT)
  Jack Gardner (GBR) KO-2
  Gunnar Nilsson (SWE)
  Rafael Iglesias (ARG) KO-2
  Uber Baccilieri (ITA) PTS
  Gerry Ó Colmáin (IRL)
  Uber Baccilieri (ITA)
  Rafael Iglesias (ARG) PTS
  José Arturo Rubio (ESP)
  Rafael Iglesias (ARG) PTS
  Rafael Iglesias (ARG) PTS
  John Arthur (RSA)
  John Arthur (RSA) RSC-1 Third place
  James Galli (FRA)
  John Arthur (RSA) PTS   Hans Müller (SUI)
  Jay Lambert (USA)   John Arthur (RSA) WO
  Fernand Bothy (BEL)
  Jay Lambert (USA) PTS   Jay Lambert (USA) PTS
  Vicente dos Santos (BRA)


  1. ^ "Boxing at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's Heavyweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2018.

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