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
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Harry Spanjer  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jack Egan  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Russell van Horn  United States
1908 →
Boxing at the
1904 Summer Olympics
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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.

Results[edit]

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 3
  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)  Walkover 2     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 Egan won the bout on walkover as Lydon was injured.

3 Egan originally won the silver medal in the lightweight competition and the bronze medal in the welterweight competition. Later it was discovered that his real name was Frank Joseph Floyd; the AAU rules made it illegal to fight under an assumed name. In November 1905 the AAU disqualified Egan from all AAU competitions and he had to return all his prizes. In the lightweight competition Russell van Horn moved up to silver and Peter Sturholdt to bronze (Sturholdt won the bronze medal without winning a single bout). In the welterweight competition Joseph Lydon moved up to bronze. However according to IOC's medal database for 1904 Olympics Jack Egan has silver medal in Boxing lightweight and bronze medal in Boxing welterweight, Russell van Horn has bronze in the lightweight competition and Joseph Lydon keeps bronze in the welterweight competition.

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