Nathan Eugene Brooks (August 4, 1933 – April 14, 2020) was a boxer from the United States, who won the gold medal in the flyweight division (– 51 kg) at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

Nate Brooks
Personal information
Full nameNathan Eugene Brooks
Born(1933-08-04)August 4, 1933
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedApril 14, 2020(2020-04-14) (aged 86)
Medal record

Early lifeEdit

Brooks grew up in the Miles Heights neighborhood on the southeast side of Cleveland, Ohio. He was the 8th of 11 children of his parents, Frank and Mary Brooks. He graduated from John Adams High School.[1]

Amateur careerEdit

Brooks had an outstanding career. Despite losing the National AAU flyweight crown in 1949 to Johnny Ortega, Brooks won titles at the Chicago Golden Gloves in 1950 and 1951. Brooks was the 1952 Olympic Flyweight Champion, defeating Edgar Basel of West Germany in the final on a 3-0 decision.

Olympic resultsEdit

Below is the Olympic record of Nate Brooks, an American flyweight boxer who competed at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics:

Professional careerEdit

Brooks turned pro in 1953 and had limited success. He retired in 1958 after a string of seven losses, having won 10 and lost 9 with 4 KO in his career.

Life after boxingEdit

Towards the end of his professional career Brooks began attending law school at Ohio State University. He later worked as a survey engineer at the Ohio Department of Transportation for 32 years. Brooks died on April 14, 2020.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Nathan E. Brooks". Dealer. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020.

(Obituary also appeared in the printed edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 19, 2020 and is the same as the one)

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