Charles Adkins (boxer)
|Representing the United States|
|1952 Helsinki||Light welterweight|
Charles Adkins (April 27, 1932 in Gary, Indiana – July 8, 1993) was a boxer from the United States.
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.
- Defeated Leif Hansen (Norway) RSC 1
- Defeated Salomon Carrizales (Venezuela) 3-0
- Defeated Alexander Grant Webster (South Africa) 3-0
- Defeated Bruno Visintin (Italy) 3-0
- Defeated Viktor Mednov (Soviet Union) 2-1
- The Complete Book of the Olympics
- Professional boxing record for Charles Adkins from BoxRec retrieved November 22, 2010
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