Chuck Adkins was the Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, in the Light Welterweight (140 lb/63.5 kg) class. In the final he defeated Viktor Mednov of the Soviet Union on a 2-1 decision. The bout was notable as being the first ever boxing match between the United States and the Soviet Union.
At the time of the Olympics, Adkins, was a 20-year old police administration student. Adkins also won the National AAU Lightweight championship in 1949.