Boxing at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's lightweight

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Men's lightweight
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Venue Earl's Court
Wembley Arena
Date 9–13 August
Competitors 28 from 28 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Gerald Dreyer  South Africa
2nd, silver medalist(s) Joseph Vissers  Belgium
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Svend Wad  Denmark
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Boxing at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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The men's lightweight boxing competition at the 1948 Olympic Games in London was held from 9 to 13 August at the Empress Hall in Earl's Court and the Wembley Arena.

Competition format[edit]

Like all Olympic boxing events, the competition was a straight single-elimination tournament. The competition began with a preliminary round on 9 August, where the number of competitors was reduced to 16, and concluded with a final on 13 August. As there were less than 32 boxers in the competition, a number of boxers received a bye for the preliminary round. All bouts consisted of three periods where the boxers received points for every successful punch they land on their opponent's head or upper body. The boxer with the most points at the end of the bouts wins. If a boxer is knocked to the ground and cannot get up before the referee counts to 10 then the bout is over and the opponent wins.


Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         Gerald Dreyer (RSA) PTS  
         Ernesto Porto (PHI)  
           Gerald Dreyer (RSA) PTS  
         Øivind Breiby (NOR)  
         Øivind Breiby (NOR) PTS  
         Gang In-Seok (KOR)  
           Gerald Dreyer (RSA) PTS  
 Tauno Rinkinen (FIN)      Svend Wad (DEN)  
 Maxie McCullagh (IRL) PTS      Maxie McCullagh (IRL) PTS  
 Jan Remie (NED)      Ron Cooper (GBR)  
 Ron Cooper (GBR) PTS      Maxie McCullagh (IRL)
 Gene Raymond (IND)      Svend Wad (DEN) PTS  
 Svend Wad (DEN) PTS      Svend Wad (DEN) PTS  
 Alberto Boullossa (URU) PTS      Alberto Boullossa (URU)  
 Agustín Argote (ESP)        Gerald Dreyer (RSA) PTS
 Raúl Zumbano (BRA) KO-2      Joseph Vissers (BEL)
 Franz Ehringer (LUX)      Raúl Zumbano (BRA) PTS
 Auguste Caulet (FRA) PTS      Auguste Caulet (FRA)  
 Mario Minatelli (ITA)      Raúl Zumbano (BRA)
 Eduardo Cornejo (CHI)      Wallace Smith (USA) KO-2  
 Wallace Smith (USA) PTS      Wallace Smith (USA) PTS  
 Masoud Rahimiha (IRI)      Manuel López (ARG)  
 Manuel López (ARG) PTS      Wallace Smith (USA)   Third place
 Eddie Haddad (CAN) PTS      Joseph Vissers (BEL) PTS  
 Ezz El-Din Nasir (EGY)      Eddie Haddad (CAN) PTS    Svend Wad (DEN) WO
 Edward Gray (CEY) DSQ-1      Edward Gray (CEY)    Wallace Smith (USA)
 Alois Petřina (TCH)      Eddie Haddad (CAN)
 Edy Schmidiger (SUI) WO      Joseph Vissers (BEL) PTS  
 L. Gutierrez Chacon (PER)      Edy Schmidiger (SUI)
 Joseph Vissers (BEL) PTS      Joseph Vissers (BEL) PTS  
 Billy Barber (AUS)