Samuel Mosberg

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Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for the  United States
Gold 1920 Antwerp Lightweight

Samuel A. Mosberg (June 14, 1896 – August 30, 1967), born in New York City, was an American lightweight professional boxer who competed in the early 1920s.

Boxing career[edit]

In a career that began in 1912, Mosberg fought 250 amateur fights prior to turning pro after his Olympic victory.

He retired in 1923 with 57 professional fights under his belt, enjoying limited success.


He won a gold medal in Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, defeating the Dane Gotfred Johansen in the Light Heavyweight final. En route to his gold medal, Mosberg scored what historians list as the quickest knockout in Olympic boxing history, finishing an opponent in a matter of seconds.

Said Spike Webb, perennial U.S. Olympic boxing coach during the first half of the twentieth century: “Sammy Mosberg is the greatest Olympic champion I ever coached.” Webb’s Olympic protégés include Jackie Fields, Fidel LaBarba, and Frankie Genaro — all gold medalists who went on to become professional world champions.

Maccabiah Games[edit]

Mosberg, who was Jewish,[1] coached the United States boxing team at the 1953 Maccabiah Games.

Hall of Fame[edit]

Mosberg was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

See also[edit]


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