Boxing at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's middleweight

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Middleweight boxing
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Venue Vélodrome d'hiver
Dates July 15–20
Competitors 23 from 15 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Harry Mallin
 Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) John Elliott
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Joseph Beecken
← 1920
1928 →

The men's middleweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1924 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the third-heaviest contested, and allowed boxers of up to 160 pounds (72.6 kilograms). The competition was held from Tuesday July 15, 1924 to Sunday July 20, 1924. Twenty-three boxers from 15 nations competed.

This competition saw one of the most controversial bouts in Olympic history, when Frenchman Roger Brousse and defending Olympic champion Harry Mallin from Great Britain faced each other in the quarterfinals. Near the end of the fight Mallin complained to the Belgian referee that Brousse had bitten him. Mallin showed the referee bite marks on his chest and shoulder. His protest was overruled by the judges and the bout was awarded to the French boxer on points (2:1). An appeal launched by Swedish official and IOC member Oscar Söderlund brought forward medical evidence that Mallin had been bitten. Manuel Gallardo also came forward with a complaint about being bitten by Brousse in their bout. Brousse was disqualified and Mallin became the winner, even though the jury declared that the foul had not been intentional. French fans had to be restrained by the police from charging the ring.[1]

Two days later the French crowd were still incensed when Mallin boxed in the final against John Elliott. Brousse came in his boxing attire and his fans lifted him up into the ring. Only after intervention by the police were the two British opponents able to contest the final.


Boxing at the
1924 Summer Olympics
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Flyweight   men
Bantamweight men
Featherweight men
Lightweight men
Welterweight men
Middleweight men
Light heavyweight men
Heavyweight men
Round of 32
July 15
Round of 16
July 17
July 18
July 19
July 20
         Roger Brousse (FRA) PTS  
         Manuel Gallardo (ARG) L  
           Roger Brousse (FRA) DIS  
         Harry Mallin (GBR) W  
         Erich Siebert (SUI) L  
 Harry Mallin (GBR) PTS      Harry Mallin (GBR) RSC2  
 Trygve Stokstad (NOR) L        Harry Mallin (GBR) PTS  
 Ben Funk (USA) PTS      Joseph Beecken (BEL) L  
 Raymond Jones (AUS) L      Ben Funk (USA) L  
         Joseph Beecken (BEL) PTS  
         Joseph Beecken (BEL) PTS
         Daniel Daney (FRA) L  
         Georges Van Haelen (BEL) L  
 Daniel Daney (FRA) KO3      Daniel Daney (FRA) PTS  
 Emilio Bonfigli (ITA) L        Harry Mallin (GBR) PTS
 Leslie Black (CAN) PTS      John Elliott (GBR) L
 Pierre Feidt (LUX) L      Leslie Black (CAN) KO2
         Adolphe Lefkowitch (USA) L  
         Leslie Black (CAN) PTS
         William Murphy (IRL) L  
         William Murphy (IRL) KO1  
         Eugeniusz Nowak (POL) L  
         Leslie Black (CAN) L   Bronze medal bout
         John Elliott (GBR) PTS  
         John Elliott (GBR) KO1    Joseph Beecken (BEL) W
 Georges Givel (SUI) PTS      Georges Givel (SUI) L    Leslie Black (CAN) w/o
 Jules Steichen (LUX) L      John Elliott (GBR) PTS
 Harry Henning (CAN) PTS      Harry Henning (CAN) L  
 Orlando Leopardi (ITA) L      Harry Henning (CAN) RSC2
 Øivind Jensen (NOR) PTS      Øivind Jensen (NOR) L  
 Louis Meeuwessen (NED) L  


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