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Boxing at the 1956 Summer Olympics took place in the new stadium at West Melbourne. A total number of 164 competitors entered from 35 nations, of whom 161 from 34 nations weighed-in and boxing was held eight nights and five afternoons. The boxing schedule began on November 23 and ended on December 1. Ten boxing events (all men's individual) were contested.

Medal table[]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union Soviet Union (URS) 3 1 2 6
2 Great Britain Great Britain (GBR) 2 1 2 5
3  United States (USA) 2 1 0 3
4 Romania Romania (ROU) 1 2 1 4
5 Germany Germany (EUA) 1 1 0 2
6 Hungary Hungary (HUN) 1 0 0 1
7 Ireland Ireland (IRL) 0 1 3 4
8 Chile Chile (CHI) 0 1 2 3
9 Italy Italy (ITA) 0 1 1 2
10 South Korea South Korea (KOR) 0 1 0 1
11 France France (FRA) 0 0 2 2
Poland Poland (POL) 0 0 2 2
South Africa South Africa (RSA) 0 0 2 2
14 Argentina Argentina (ARG) 0 0 1 1
Australia Australia (AUS) 0 0 1 1
Finland Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1

Flyweight (– 51 kg)[]

  • 19 participants from 19 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold Terence Spinks File:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg GBR
Silver Mircea Dobrescu File:Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg ROU
Bronze John Caldwell File:Flag of Ireland.svg IRL
Bronze René Libeer File:Flag of France.svg FRA

First Round[]

  • Vladimir Stolnikov (URS) def. Edgar Basel (FRG), on points
  • Terence Spinks (GBR) def. Samuel Harris (PAK), on points
  • Abel Laudonio (ARG) def. Albert Ludick (RSA), on points

Second Round[]

  • Mircea Dobrescu (ROU) def. Federico Bonus (PHI), on points
  • Ray Perez (USA) def. František Majdloch (CZE), on points
  • John Caldwell (IRL) def. Yai Shwe (BUR), on knock-out (3rd round)
  • Warner Batchelor (AUS) def. Henryk Kukier (POL), on points
  • Kenji Yonekura (JPN) def. Phachon Muangson (THA), on points
  • René Libeer (FRA) def. Pyo Hyun-Ki (KOR), on points
  • Vladimir Stolnikov (URS) def. Salvatore Burruni (ITA), on points
  • Terence Spinks (GBR) def. Abel Laudonio (ARG), on points

Quarterfinals[]

  • Mircea Dobrescu (ROU) def. Ray Perez (USA), on points
  • John Caldwell (IRL) def. Warner Batchelor (AUS), on points
  • René Libeer (FRA) def. Kenji Yonekura (JPN), on points
  • Terence Spinks (GBR) def. Vladimir Stolnikov (URS), on points

Semifinals[]

  • Mircea Dobrescu (ROU) def. John Caldwell (IRL), on points
  • Terence Spinks (GBR) def. René Libeer (FRA), on points

Final[]

  • Terence Spinks (GBR) def. Mircea Dobrescu (ROU), on points

Bantamweight (54 kg)[]

  • 18 participants from 18 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold Wolfgang Behrendt File:Flag of Germany.svg EUA
Silver Song Soon-Chun File:Flag of South Korea.svg KOR
Bronze Claudio Barrientos File:Flag of Chile.svg CHI
Bronze Frederick Gilroy File:Flag of Ireland.svg IRL

First Round[]

  • Song Soon-Chun (KOR) def. Alberto Adela (PHI), PTS
  • Robert Bath (AUS) def. Hemapala Jayasuriya (CEY), PTS

Second Round[]

  • Frederick Gilroy (IRL) def. Boris Stiepanov (URS), KO-3
  • Mario Sitri (ITA) def. Ahmad Rashid (PAK), PTS
  • Owen Reilly (GBR) def. Daniel Hellebuyck (BEL), PTS
  • Wolfgang Behrendt (GER) def. Henrik Ottesen (DEN), KO-2
  • Claudio Barrientos (CHI) def. Zenon Stefaniuk (POL), PTS
  • Eder Jofre (BRA) def. Thein Myint (BUR), PTS
  • Carmelo Tomaselli (ARG) def. Vichai Limcharern (THA), PTS
  • Song Soon-Chung (KOR) def. Robert Bath (AUS), PTS

Quarterfinals[]

  • Frederick Gilroy (IRL) def. Mario Sitri (ITA), PTS
  • Wolfgang Behrendt (GER) def. Owen Reilly (GBR), PTS
  • Claudio Barrientos (CHI) def. Eder Jofre (BRA), PTS
  • Song Soon-Chun (KOR) def. Carmelo Tomaselli (ARG), PTS

Semifinals[]

  • Wolfgang Behrendt (GER) def. Frederick Gilroy (IRL), PTS
  • Song Soon-Chun (KOR) def. Claudio Barrientos (CHI), PTS

Final[]

  • Wolfgang Behrendt (GER) def. Song Soon-Chun (KOR), PTS

Featherweight (57 kg)[]

  • 18 participants from 18 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold Vladimir Safronov File:Flag of the Soviet Union 1955.svg URS
Silver Thomas Nicholls File:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg GBR
Bronze Henryk Niedźwiedzki File:Flag of Poland.svg POL
Bronze Pentti Hämäläinen File:Flag of Finland.svg FIN

First Round[]

  • Pentti Hämäläinen (FIN) def. Martin Smyth (IRL), PTS
  • Bernard Schröter (GDR) def. Paulino Melendez (PHI), PTS

Second Round[]

  • Henryk Niedźwiedzki (POL) def. Leonard Leisching (RSA), PTS
  • Tristan Falfán (ARG) def. Maurice White (PAK), KO-2
  • Vladimir Safronov (URS) def. Agostino Cossia (ITA), PTS
  • Andre de Souza (FRA) def. Nontasilp Thayansilp (THA), PTS
  • Shinetsu Suzuki (JPN) def. Yai Chit (BUR), PTS
  • Thomas Nicholls (GBR) def. Noel Hazard (AUS), PTS
  • Jan Zachara (TCH) def. Dong Hun-Chung (KOR), PTS
  • Pentti Hämäläinen (FIN) def. Bernard Schröter (GDR), PTS

Quarterfinals[]

  • Henryk Niedźwiedzki (POL) def. Tristan Falfán (ARG), KO-1
  • Vladimir Safronov (URS) def. Andre de Souza (FRA), PTS
  • Thomas Nicholls (GBR) def. Shinetsu Suzuki (JPN), PTS
  • Pentti Hämäläinen (FIN) def. Jan Zachara (TCH), PTS

Semifinals[]

  • Vladimir Safronov (URS) def. Henryk Niedźwiedzki (POL), PTS
  • Thomas Nicholls (GBR) def. Pentti Hämäläinen (FIN), PTS

Final[]

  • Vladimir Safronov (URS) def. Thomas Nicholls (GBR), PTS

Lightweight (60 kg)[]

  • 18 participants from 18 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold Richard McTaggart File:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg GBR
Silver Harry Kurschat File:Flag of Germany.svg EUA
Bronze Anatoly Lagetko File:Flag of the Soviet Union 1955.svg URS
Bronze Anthony Byrne File:Flag of Ireland.svg IRL

First Round[]

  • Toshihito Ishimaru (JPN) def. Thomas Donovan (NZL), PTS
  • Anatoly Lagetko (URS) def. Francisco Nuñez (ARG), PTS

Second Round[]

  • Zygmunt Milewski (POL) def. Pentti Niinivuori (FIN), PTS
  • Harry Kurschat (FRG) def. Celedonio Espinosa (PHI), PTS
  • Louis Molina (USA) def. William Griffiths (AUS), PTS
  • Anthony Byrne (IRL) def. Josef Chovanec (TCH), DSQ-3
  • Andre Vairolatto (FRA) def. Do Sun-Baik (KOR), KO-2
  • Richard McTaggart (GBR) def. Chandrasena Jayasuriya (CEY), PTS
  • Edward Beattie (CAN) def. Sub Chundakovsolya (THA), PTS
  • Anatoly Lagetko (URS) def. Toshihito Ishimaru (JPN), PTS

Quarterfinals[]

  • Harry Kurschat (FRG) def. Zygmunt Milewski (POL), KO-3
  • Anthony Byrne (IRL) def. Louis Molina (USA), PTS
  • Richard McTaggart (GBR) def. Andre Vairolatto (FRA), PTS
  • Anatoly Lagetko (URS) def. Edward Beattie (CAN), PTS

Semifinals[]

  • Harry Kurschat (FRG) def. Anthony Byrne (IRL), PTS
  • Richard McTaggart (GBR) def. Anatoly Lagetko (URS), PTS

Final[]

  • Richard McTaggart (GBR) def. Harry Kurschat (FRG), PTS

Light Welterweight (63.5 kg)[]

  • 22 participants from 22 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold Vladimir Yengibaryan File:Flag of the Soviet Union 1955.svg URS
Silver Franco Nenci File:Flag of Italy.svg ITA
Bronze Constantin Dumitrescu File:Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg ROU
Bronze Henry Loubscher File:Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg RSA

First Round[]

  • Constantin Dumitrescu (ROU) def. Terrence Oung (BUR), PTS
  • Hans Pedersen (DEN) def. Carlos Rodríguez (VEN), PTS
  • Antonio Marcilla (ARG) def. Chune Pattapongse (THA), KO-1
  • Leopold Potesil (AUT) def. Celestino Pinto (BRA), PTS
  • Franco Nenci (ITA) def. Rehmat Gul (PAK), KO-3
  • Willi Roth (FRG) def. Thomas Schuster (FIJ), PTS

Second Round[]

  • Claude Saluden (FRA) def. Henry Perry (IRL), PTS
  • Vladimir Yengibaryan (URS) def. Leszek Drogosz (POL), PTS
  • Henry Loubscher (RSA) def. Leslie Mason (CAN), PTS
  • Joseph Shaw (USA) def. Max Carlos (AUS), PTS
  • Hwang Ei-Kyung (KOR) def. Manuel de los Santos (PHI), DSQ-2
  • Constantin Dumitrescu (ROU) def. Hans Pedersen (DEN), PTS
  • Antonio Marcilla (ARG) def. Leopold Potesil (AUT), PTS
  • Franco Nenci (ITA) def. Willi Roth (FRG), PTS

Quarterfinals[]

  • Vladimir Yengibaryan (URS) def. Claude Saluden (FRA), PTS
  • Henry Loubscher (RSA) def. Joseph Shaw (USA), PTS
  • Constantin Dumitrescu (ROU) def. Hwang Ei-Kyung (KOR), PTS
  • Franco Nenci (ITA) def. Antonio Marcilla (ARG), PTS

Semifinals[]

  • Vladimir Yengibaryan (URS) def. Henry Loubscher (RSA), PTS
  • Franco Nenci (ITA) def. Constantin Dumitrescu (ROU), PTS

Final[]

  • Vladimir Yengibaryan (URS) def. Franco Nenci (ITA), PTS

Welterweight (67 kg)[]

  • 16 participants from 16 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold Nicolae Linca File:Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg ROU
Silver Fred Tiedt File:Flag of Ireland.svg IRL
Bronze Kevin Hogarth File:Flag of Australia.svg AUS
Bronze Nicholas Gargano File:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg GBR

First Round[]

  • András Dori (HUN) def. Hussain Bait (PAK), PTS
  • Kevin Hogarth (AUS) def. Graham Finlay (NZL), PTS
  • Pearce Allen Lane (USA) def. Enrique Tovar (VEN), PTS
  • Fred Tiedt (IRL) def. Tadeusz Walasek (POL), PTS
  • Nicholas Andre (RSA) def. Shih Chuan Len (THA), PTS
  • Nicolae Linca (ROU) def. Hector Hatch (FIJ), PTS
  • Francisco Gelabert (ARG) def. Walter Kozak (CAN), PTS
  • Nicholas Gargano (GBR) def. Eduard Borysov (URS), PTS

Quarterfinals[]

  • Kevin Hogarth (AUS) def. András Dori (HUN), PTS
  • Fred Tiedt (IRL) def. Pearce Allen Lane (USA), PTS
  • Nicolae Linca (ROU) def. Nicholas Andre (RSA), PTS
  • Nicholas Gargano (GBR) def. Francisco Gelabert (ARG), PTS

Semifinals[]

  • Fred Tiedt (IRL) def. Kevin Hogarth (AUS), PTS
  • Nicolae Linca (ROU) def. Nicholas Gargano (GBR), PTS

Final[]

  • Nicolae Linca (ROU) def. Fred Tiedt (IRL), PTS

Light Middleweight (71 kg)[]

  • 14 participants from 14 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold László Papp File:Civil Ensign of Hungary.svg HUN
Silver José Torres USA
Bronze John McCormack File:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg GBR
Bronze Zbigniew Pietrzykowski File:Flag of Poland.svg POL

First Round[]

  • Boris Nikolov (BUL) def. Muhammad Safdar (PAK), PTS
  • Zbigniew Pietrzykowski (POL) def. Richard Karpov (URS), PTS
  • Ulrich Kienast (FRG) def. James Montgomery (CAN), PTS
  • John McCormack (GBR) def. Alexander Webster (RSA), PTS
  • José Torres (USA) def. Peter Read (AUS), PTS
  • Franco Scisciani (ITA) def. Eugene Legrand (FRA), PTS

Quarterfinals[]

  • László Papp (HUN) def. Alberto Saenz (ARG), KO-3
  • Zbigniew Pietrzykowski (POL) def. Boris Nikolov (BUL), PTS
  • John McCormack (GBR) def. Ulrich Kienast (FRG), KO-3
  • José Torres (USA) def. Franco Scisciani (ITA), PTS

Semifinals[]

  • László Papp (HUN) def. Zbigniew Pietrzykowski (POL), PTS
  • José Torres (USA) def. John McCormack (GBR), PTS

Final[]

  • László Papp (HUN) def. José Torres (USA), PTS

Middleweight (75 kg)[]

  • 14 participants from 14 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold Gennadi Schatkov File:Flag of the Soviet Union 1955.svg URS
Silver Ramón Tapia File:Flag of Chile.svg CHI
Bronze Gilbert Chapron File:Flag of France.svg FRA
Bronze Victor Zalazar File:Flag of Argentina.svg ARG

First Round[]

  • Giulio Rinaldi (ITA) def. Christian Andersen (DEN), PTS
  • Gennadi Shatkov (URS) def. Ralph Hosack (CAN), PTS
  • Dieter Wemhöner (FRG) def. Ronald Redrup (GBR), PTS
  • Victor Zalazar (ARG) def. Stig Sjölin (SWE), PTS
  • Július Torma (CZE) def. Howard Richter (AUS), PTS
  • Ramón Tapia (CHI) def. Zbigniew Piórkowski (POL), KO-1

Quarterfinals[]

  • Gilbert Chapron (FRA) def. Roger Rouse (USA), PTS
  • Gennadi Shatkov (URS) def. Giulio Rinaldi (ITA), walk-over
  • Victor Zalazar (ARG) def. Dieter Wemhöner (FRG), PTS
  • Ramón Tapia (CHI) def. Július Torma (CZE), KO-2

Semifinals[]

  • Gennadi Shatkov (URS) def. Victor Zalazar (ARG), KO-2
  • Ramón Tapia (CHI) def. Gilbert Chapron (FRA), PTS

Final[]

  • Gennadi Shatkov (URS) def. Ramón Tapia (CHI), KO-1

Light Heavyweight (81 kg)[]

  • 11 participants from 11 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold James Boyd USA
Silver Gheorghe Negrea File:Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg ROU
Bronze Carlos Lucas File:Flag of Chile.svg CHI
Bronze Romualdas Murauskas File:Flag of the Soviet Union 1955.svg URS

First Round[]

  • Andrzej Wojciechowski (POL) def. Lennart Risberg (SWE), KO-3
  • Gheorghe Negrea (ROU) def. Petrus van Vuuren (SAF), PTS
  • Ottavio Panunzi (ITA) def. Gerald Collins (CAN), PTS

Quarterfinals[]

  • Romualdas Marauskas (URS) def. Anthony Madigan (AUS), PTS
  • James Boyd (USA) def. Rodolfo Díaz (ARG), PTS
  • Carlos Lucas (CHI) def. Andrzej Wojciechowski (POL), PTS
  • Gheorghe Negrea (ROU) def. Ottavio Panunzi (ITA), PTS

Semifinals[]

  • James Boyd (USA) def. Romualdas Murauskas (URS), PTS
  • Gheorghe Negrea (ROU) def. Carlos Lucas (CHI), PTS

Final[]

  • James Boyd (USA) def. Gheorghe Negrea (ROU), PTS

Heavyweight (91 kg)[]

  • 11 participants from 11 nations
RANK NAME ATHLETE COUNTRY
Gold Pete Rademacher USA
Silver Lev Mukhin File:Flag of the Soviet Union 1955.svg URS
Bronze Daniel Bekker File:Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg RSA
Bronze Giacomo Bozzano File:Flag of Italy.svg ITA

First Round[]

  • Giacomo Bozzano (ITA) def. Ilkka Koski (FIN), PTS
  • Törner Åhsman (SWE) def. Patrick Sharkey (IRL), KO-3
  • Lev Mukhin (URS) def. Bozhko Lozanov (BUL), KO-3

Quarterfinals[]

  • Daniel Bekker (RSA) def. José Giorgetti (ARG), KO-1
  • Pete Rademacher (USA) def. Josef Němec (CZE), KO-2
  • Giacomo Bozzano (ITA) def. Ulrich Nitzschke (GER), PTS
  • Lev Mukhin (URS) def. Törner Åhsman (SWE), KO-1

Semifinals[]

  • Pete Rademacher (USA) def. Daniel Bekker (RSA), KO-3
  • Lev Mukhin (URS) def. Giacomo Bozzano (ITA), KO-3

Final[]

  • Pete Rademacher (USA) def. Lev Mukhin (URS), KO-1

References[]

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