Boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Light welterweight

The men's light welterweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1952 Summer Olympics. It was the inaugural Olympic event for the weight class and it allowed boxers of up to 63.5 kilograms to compete. The competition was held from 28 July to 2 August 1952. 28 boxers from 28 nations competed.[1]

Light welterweight boxing
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Dates28 July – 2 August
Competitors28 from 28 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Charles Adkins  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Viktor Mednov  Soviet Union
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bruno Visintin  Italy
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Erkki Mallenius  Finland
1956 →


Gold Charles Adkins
  United States
Silver Viktor Mednov
  Soviet Union
Bronze Bruno Visintin
Bronze Erkki Mallenius


Winner NOC Result Loser NOC
First Round (28 July)
Erkki Aarno Mallenius Finland BYE
Stanley Majid Burma BYE
Jean Paternotte Belgium BYE
Fernand Backes Luxemburg BYE
René Weissmann France 2 – 1 Leszek Kudłacik Poland
Pavle Šovljanski Yugoslavia 3 – 0 Béla Farkas Hungary
Francisc Ambrus Romania 3 – 0 Hans Petersen Denmark
Viktor Mednov Soviet Union TKO 2R Norman Jones Australia
Peter Waterman Great Britain 2 – 1 Oscar Gallardo Argentina
Alexander Webster South Africa 3 – 0 Herbert Schilling Germany
Charles Adkins United States TKO 1R Leif Hansen Norway
Salomon Carrizales Venezuela 2 – 1 Celestino Pinto Brazil
Piet van Klaveren Netherlands 2 – 1 Roy Keenan Canada
Terence Milligan Ireland 3 – 0 Ebrahim Afsharpour Iran
Juan Curet Puerto Rico KO 2R Sarkis Moussa Lebanon
Bruno Visintin Italy KO 2R Ernesto Porto Philippines
Second Round ( 29 & 30 July)
Erkki Aarno Mallenius Finland TKO 3R Stanley Majid Burma
Jean Louis Paternotte Belgium 3 – 0 Fernand Backes Luxembourg
Rene Weismann France DSQ 3R Pavle Šovljanski Yugoslavia
Viktor Mednov Soviet Union Injured Francisc Ambrus Romania
Alexander Grant Webster South Africa 3 – 0 Peter Waterman Great Britain
Charles Adkins United States 3 – 0 Salomon Carrizales Venezuela
Terence Milligan Ireland 3 – 0 Piet van Klaveren Netherlands
Bruno Visintin Italy 3 – 0 Juan Curet Alvarez Puerto Rico
Third Round (31 July)
Charles Adkins United States 3 – 0 Alexander Grant Webster South Africa
Erkki Aarno Mallenius Finland 2 – 1 Jean Louis Paternotte Belgium
Bruno Visintin Italy 3 – 0 Terence Milligan Ireland
Viktor Mednov Soviet Union 3 – 0 Rene Weismann France
Semi-final (1 August)
Viktor Mednov Soviet Union Walk-over Erkki Aarno Mallenius Finland
Charles Adkins United States 3 – 0 Bruno Visintin Italy
Final (2 August)
Charles Adkins United States 2 – 1 Viktor Mednov Soviet Union


  1. ^ "Boxing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Light-Welterweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2018.