Charles Adkins (boxer)

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Charles Adkins
Medal record
Men’s boxing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki Light welterweight

Charles Adkins (April 27, 1932 in Gary, Indiana – July 8, 1993) was a boxer from the United States.

Amateur career[edit]

Chuck Adkins was the Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, in the Light Welterweight (140 lb/63.5 kg) class. In the final he defeated Viktor Mednov of the Soviet Union on a 2-1 decision. The bout was notable as being the first ever boxing match between the United States and the Soviet Union.

At the time of the Olympics, Adkins, was a 20-year-old police administration student. Adkins also won the National AAU Lightweight championship in 1949.

Adkins attended San Jose State University, which had a dominant collegiate boxing program.

Olympic results[edit]