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Leonard Leisching (born 11 September 1934) is a former boxer from South Africa, bronze medalist at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki [1] and gold medalist at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Leisching was also an accomplished footballer, appearing as a full-back for Johannesburg Rangers, Wigan Athletic, Llandudno and Southern Suburbs.

Leonard Leisching
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Representing  South Africa
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1952 Helsinki Featherweight
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1954 Vancouver Featherweight

1952 Olympic boxing tournament resultsEdit

At the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Leonard Leisching competed in the featherweight division for South Africa. Here are his results from that tournament:

  • Round of 32: defeated Emmanuel Agassi (Iran) 3-0;
  • Round of 16: defeated Stevan Redli (Yugoslavia) 3-0;
  • Quarterfinal: defeated Leonard Walters (Canada) 3-0;
  • Semifinal: lost to Jan Zachara (Czechoslovakia) 2-1.

Starting at the 1952 Olympic boxing tournament, both losing semifinalists in all divisions received bronze medals.

Leisching's first-round opponent, Emmanuel Agassi, is the father of tennis champion Andre Agassi.


  1. ^ Profile: Len Leisching (Retrieved on 13 December 2008)