Boxing at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Welterweight

The men's welterweight boxing competition at the 1948 Olympic Games in London was held from 7 to 13 August at the Empress Hall in Earl's Court and the Wembley Arena.[1]

Men's welterweight
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
VenueEarl's Court
Wembley Arena
Date7–13 August
Competitors26 from 26 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Július Torma  Czechoslovakia
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Hank Herring  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Alessandro D'Ottavio  Italy
← 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
  Billy Boyce (AUS) PTS
  Léon Roller (LUX)
  Billy Boyce (AUS)
  Duggie Du Preez (RSA) PTS
  Duggie Du Preez (RSA) PTS
  Feliciano Rossano (URU)
  Duggie Du Preez (RSA)
  Hank Herring (USA) PTS
  Eladio Herrera (ARG) PTS
  Humberto Loayza (CHI)
  Eladio Herrera (ARG)
  Gharib Afifi (EGY)   Hank Herring (USA) PTS
  Peter Foran (IRL) PTS   Peter Foran (IRL)
  Édouard Bombart (BEL)   Hank Herring (USA) PTS
  Hank Herring (USA) PTS   Hank Herring (USA)
  Alex Obeysekere (CEY) PTS   Július Torma (TCH) PTS
  Anwar Pasha Turki (PAK)   Alex Obeysekere (CEY)
  Zygmunt Chychła (POL) PTS   Zygmunt Chychła (POL) KO-2
  Frits Wijngaard (NED)   Zygmunt Chychła (POL)
  Gunnar Hansen (NOR)   Alessandro D'Ottavio (ITA) PTS
  Pierre Hernandez (FRA) PTS   Pierre Hernandez (FRA)
  Alessandro D'Ottavio (ITA) PTS   Alessandro D'Ottavio (ITA) PTS
  George Issabeg (IRI)   Alessandro D'Ottavio (ITA)
  Max Shacklady (GBR) KO-3   Július Torma (TCH) PTS
  Christian Kristensen (DEN)   Max Shacklady (GBR) Third place
  Robert Cranston (IND)   Aurelio Díaz (ESP) PTS
  Aurelio Díaz (ESP) PTS   Aurelio Díaz (ESP)   Duggie Du Preez (RSA)
  Gusztáv Bene (HUN)   Július Torma (TCH) DSQ-2   Alessandro D'Ottavio (ITA) PTS
  Július Torma (TCH) PTS   Július Torma (TCH) RSC-2
  Clifford Blackburn (CAN) PTS   Cliff Blackburn (CAN)
  Mariano Vélez (PHI)

Július Torma fractured his left hand during his second round bout against Cliff Blackburn, but was able to hide the injury in his remaining bouts, through careful defending and judicious use of his right hand.[2]


  1. ^ "Boxing at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's Welterweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 176. ISBN 0140066322.

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