Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Middleweight
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (July 2013)|
|Men's middleweight boxing
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
|Competitors||10 from 3 nations|
|Boxing at the
1908 Summer Olympics
The middleweight 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 all held on October 27. The middleweight was the second-heaviest class, allowing boxers of up to 158 pounds (71.7 kg).
Ten boxers from three nations competed.
|Round of 16
|William Childs (GBR)||KO2|
|Gaston Aspa (FRA)||L||Childs (GBR)||0|
|William Dees (GBR)||L||Baker (ANZ)||2|
|Reginald Baker (ANZ)||KO2||Baker (ANZ)||KO1|
|William Philo (GBR)||2||Philo (GBR)||L|
|Arthur Murdoch (GBR)||1||Philo (GBR)||-|
|Ruben Warnes (GBR)||KO2||Douglas (GBR)||2|
|Charles Morard (FRA)||L||Warnes (GBR)||-|
|René Doudelle (FRA)||L||Douglas (GBR)||KO2|
|Johnny Douglas (GBR)||KO1||Douglas (GBR)||-|
Round of 16
The first round was characterized by knockouts, as all three Frenchmen as well as Dees were out before the start of the third round. Aspa managed to make it through two rounds before withdrawing due to a thumb injury. Doudelle went down the quickest, in the first round, while Dees and Morard were bested in the second rounds of their bouts. The one bout that did go all the way was between Philo and Murdoch, which was such a tight contest that the referee had to break the judges' tie.
Philo, Warnes, and Douglas all had byes in the second round. Baker and Childs had the only quarterfinal match. The Australian hit Childs with a powerful uppercut as well as managing to avoid a charge by Childs that caused the Briton to fall through the ropes. In a clear decision, Baker advanced to the semifinals.
Both semifinal contests were knockouts, bringing the middleweight event to a total of 6 knockouts to 2 decisions. Baker defeated Philo quickly, while Douglas took two rounds to put Warnes away.
In a match that had the potential to break England's dominance of the boxing championships, Baker and Douglas went through a middleweight final that the Official Report described as the "best boxing of the day" (and therefore the entire 1908 Olympic boxing competition). The two fought well, with Douglas's knockdown of Baker in the second a major factor in the Briton's win.
- Official Report, p. 112.
- 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 .