Boxing at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Lightweight

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Men's lightweight boxing
at the Games of the III Olympiad
Venue Physical Culture Gymnasium
(Washington University in St. Louis)
Dates September 21 (quarterfinals and semifinals)
September 22 (final)
Competitors 8 from 1 nation
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
Boxing at the
1904 Summer Olympics
Boxing pictogram.svg
Flyweight men
Bantamweight men
Featherweight men
Lightweight men
Welterweight men
Middleweight men
Heavyweight men

The lightweight was the median boxing weight class held as part of the Boxing at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. The competition was held on Wednesday, September 21, 1904 and on Thursday, September 22, 1904. It was the first time the event, like all other boxing events, was held in Olympic competition.

Lightweights had to be less than 61.2 kilograms. Eight boxers all from the United States competed.


Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
  Harry Spanjer (USA)  KO2
  Kenneth Jewett (USA)  L  
  Harry Spanjer (USA)  W
    Russell van Horn (USA)  L  
  Russell van Horn (USA)  W
  Arthur Seward (USA)  DSQ  
  Harry Spanjer (USA)  W
    Jack Egan (USA)  Decision 2
  Peter Sturholdt (USA)  W
  James Bollinger (aka Carroll Burton) (USA)  1  
  Peter Sturholdt (USA)  L Third place
    Jack Egan (USA)  W  
  Jack Egan (USA)  W   Russell van Horn (USA)  W
  Joseph Lydon (USA)  L     Peter Sturholdt (USA)  L

1 A well-known local boxer, Carroll Burton, entered the tournament and won the match against Peter Sturholdt, but officials later discovered that the winner was actually an impostor named James Bollinger. Bollinger was ejected from the competition and Sturholdt was advanced to the next round.

2 Officials discovered in November 1905 that Egan’s real name was Frank Joseph Floyd; it was illegal under AAU rules to fight under an assumed name. Egan was disqualified from all AAU competitions and ordered to return all his prizes, meaning that Russell Van Horn moved up to silver and Peter Sturholdt moved up to bronze despite not winning a single bout.[1]


  1. ^ November 1905 Egan disqualified