Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Lightweight

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Men's lightweight boxing
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Date October 27
Competitors 12 from 3 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Great Britain
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The lightweight was one of five boxing weight classes contested on the boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Like all other boxing events, it was open only to men. The boxing competitions were held on October 27. The lightweight was the middle class, allowing boxers of up to 140 pounds (63.5 kg).

Twelve boxers from three nations competed.

Bracket[edit]

Round of 16
October 27
  Quarterfinals
October 27
  Semifinals
October 27
  Final
October 27
                           
  Harry Johnson (GBR) 2  
  Hemming Hansen (DEN) 0       Johnson (GBR) 2  
  Harold Holmes (GBR) KO2     Holmes (GBR) 1  
  André Bouvier (FRA) L         Johnson (GBR) 0  
  George Jessup (GBR) KO1         Spiller (GBR) 2  
  Frank Osborne (GBR) L       Jessup (GBR) L
  Patrick Fee (GBR) 0     Spiller (GBR) KO2  
  Frederick Spiller (GBR) 2         Spiller (GBR) 0
  Matt Wells (GBR) 2 (4th)         Grace (GBR) 2
  Waldemar Holberg (DEN) 1       Wells (GBR) 0  
  Frederick Grace (GBR) 2     Grace (GBR) 2  
  Edward Fearman (GBR) 0         Grace (GBR) -
 None -        Bye -  
 None -      None -
 None -    None -  
 None -  

Competition[edit]

Round of 16

Wells and Holberg split the judges over the course of the first three rounds. The referee declared a fourth round, which Wells won in a contest with involved much grappling rather than punching. Bouvier was knocked down several times by Holmes before the referee stopped the contest. Jessup dominated his match, with Osborne not lasting past the first round. Grace, Spiller, and Johnson each won by decisions varying in closeness.

Quarterfinals

Spiller had the easiest time of it in the round, nearly eliminating Jessup in the first. The second round saw Jessup counted out. Grace and Wells fought a defensive bout, without either receiving much punishment. Johnson won a tight bout with Holmes by referee's decision.

Semifinals

Grace took a bye in the semifinals and Spiller's easy win made the round an uneventful one.

Final

Each boxer went to the mat in the second, but Grace piled on more hits than did Spiller to win the bout.

Standings[edit]

Place Name Nation
1 Frederick Grace Great Britain
2 Frederick Spiller Great Britain
3 Harry Johnson Great Britain
4 Harold Holmes Great Britain
George Jessup Great Britain
Matt Wells Great Britain
7 André Bouvier France
Edward Fearman Great Britain
Patrick Fee Great Britain
Hemming Hansen Denmark
Waldemar Holberg Denmark
Frank Osborne Great Britain

Sources[edit]

  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Boxing 1908". Accessed 8 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].