Frederick Grace

Frederick "Fred" Grace (29 February 1884 – 23 July 1964) was a lightweight boxer. At the 1908 Olympic Games he became Olympic champion, defeating Matt Wells along the way. He also became the British and European amateur champion.[1]

Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Lightweight


Born in Edmonton, Middlesex, he first became a boxer at Eton Mission Boxing Club. Making use of the facilities provided by Eton Mission, he also became proficient on the parallel bars.

In his early 20s, Fred incurred serious damage to his knee after an incident on his motorcycle. Fred declined the surgeon's advice to amputate and determined to regain his fitness. Subsequently, from that time to the Olympics in 1908 he never figured in any title challenges.

After the Games, Grace went on to win four ABA lightweight titles between 1909 and 1920. However, whilst in his prime, boxing was banned from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm and WW1 canceled out the Olympics of 1916, therefore Grace was unable to defend his title. By 1920 he was 36 years old and at the Olympics in Antwerp he won just one bout in the lightweight class before being eliminated by the eventual winner of the title, Samuel Mosberg, of the US.

Grace worked as a heating engineer for most of his life and retired in 1949. He died on 23 July 1964 at Ilford, Essex, aged 80, after being struck by a car while out walking.


  1. ^ "Frederick Grace". Olympedia. Retrieved 18 March 2021.

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