Erkki Pakkanen

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Erkki Pakkanen
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Personal information
Born 19 April 1930
Elimäki, Finland
Died 23 April 1973 (aged 43)
Kouvola, Finland
Sport Boxing

Erkki Olavi Pakkanen (19 April 1930 – 23 April 1973) was an amateur lighweight boxer from Finland who won a bronze medal at the 1952 Olympics.

Pakkanen took up boxing in 1947 and won the Finnish junior title in 1949. He never held a senior national title, and qualified for the Helsinki Olympics by winning the Olympic trials. At the Olympics, he lost in a semifinal to the eventual winner Aureliano Bolognesi. Earlier in 1950 he seriously injured his right hand. The injury recurred in 1953 forcing Pakkanen to retire from boxing.[1] He later ran a taxi company that he founded in 1958. He died of a heart attack at a horse racing track while watching his son Jorma competing. In 2008 he was inducted into the Finnish Boxing Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ Siukonen, Markku (2001) Urheilukunniamme puolustajat – Suomen olympiaedustajat 1906–2000, p. 238. Graface Jyväskylä. ISBN 951-98673-1-7
  2. ^ Erkki Pakkanen.