Boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Heavyweight

The men's heavyweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1952 Summer Olympics. The weight class allowed boxers of more than 81 kilograms to compete. The competition was held from 29 July to 2 August 1952. 21 boxers from 21 nations competed.[1]

Heavyweight boxing
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Dates29 July – 2 August
Competitors21 from 21 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ed Sanders  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Ingemar Johansson  Sweden
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Ilkka Koski  Finland
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Andries Nieman  South Africa
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Gold Ed Sanders
  United States
Silver Ingemar Johansson
Bronze Ilkka Koski
Bronze Andries Nieman
  South Africa


Winner NOC Result Loser NOC
First Round (July 29)
Tomislav Krizmanić Yugoslavia 3 – 0 Geza Furetz Romania
Algirdas Šocikas Soviet Union TKO 2R Antoni Gościański Poland
Andries Nieman South Africa 3 – 0 Edgar Gorgas Germany
Ed Sanders United States KO 1R Hans Jost Switzerland
Jean Lansiaux France 3 – 0 John Lyttle Ireland
Edgar Hearn Great Britain 2 – 1 José Sartor Argentina
Second Round (July 29)
Giacomo di Segni Italy 3 – 0 James Saunders Canada
Horymír Netuka Czechoslovakia 3 – 0 Carl Fitzgerald Australia
Ilkka Koski Finland KO 2R László Bene Hungary
Max Marsille Belgium 3 – 0 Ahmed El-Minabawi Egypt
Ingemar Johansson Sweden Walkover 1 Luis Amadeo Sosa Uruguay
Jean Lansiaux France Withdrawn 2
New Draw (July 30)
Ingemar Johansson Sweden 3 – 0 Horymir Netuka Czechoslovakia
Tomislav Krizmanić Yugoslavia 3 – 0 Max Maurice Oscar Marsille Belgium
Third Round (July 31)
Ed Sanders United States KO 3R Giacomo Di Segni Italy
Andries Nieman South Africa KO 1R Algirdas Šocikas Soviet Union
Ilkka Koski Finland 3 – 0 Edgar William Hearn Great Britain
Ingemar Johansson Sweden 3 – 0 Tomislav Krizmanić Yugoslavia
Semi-final (August 1)
Ed Sanders United States KO 2R Andries Nieman South Africa
Ingemar Johansson Sweden 2 – 1 Ilkka Koski Finland
Final (August 2)
Ed Sanders United States DSQ 2R Ingemar Johansson Sweden

Johansson spent the entire bout backpedalling, without throwing a single punch. After receiving several warnings from the referee, he was finally disqualified for being excessively passive, and was not awarded the silver medal.[2] He eventually received the medal in 1982.[3]

1 Sosa did not enter the ring.
2 Lansiaux retired from the competition due to injury.


  1. ^ "Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Heavyweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 185. ISBN 0140066322.
  3. ^ Ingemar Johansson: Boxer who beat Floyd Patterson to win the world heavyweight title 3 February 2009. The Independent