The boxer competed in the light-middleweight division in Seoul, making it to the gold medal match rather easily. This was completely unfounded and it was confirmed that his father attended the Games as President of the ABA and was merely a spectator during the bout. At the 1908 Games in London five British boxers took all the gold medals. At the London 2012 Games Luke Campbell became the first Briton to win the bantamweight title since Harry Thomas in 1908. Born: 17 June 1892, Kensington, London Britain competed for the first time on home soil in 1908 and has competed ever since (except 1912). Nicholas Gargano — Boxing, Men's Welterweight John McCormack — Boxing, Men's Light Middleweight Tom Simpson , Donald Burgess , Michael Gambrill , and … Finnegan boxed five times for his Olympic triumph, winning all of his five Mexico City contests on points, and thoroughly deserved his golden triumph, even if it still surprised many here at home. With the medal around his neck and a Union Jack around three sets of broad shoulders, Joshua later posed for photos with Lennox Lewis and Audley Harrison, two icons of British boxing … Olympics competed in: 3 (1956, 1960, 1964) A true blue amateur and a great exponent of the art of boxing, probably our greatest ever Olympic boxer, even in a far less competitive international scene than exists today. Shortly after the Olympics he turned professional at the age of 19, having his first bout at Harringay Arena on 9 April 1957. Fred Grace Weight categories have varied over the years, with some added and others eliminated. In the semi-final Gunn beat Tom Ringer, the 1908 ABA champions and member of Gunn's former club, Lynn Boxing Club. The sport was first held in 1904, however several weeks after the last overseas competitors had left St. Louis. In Antwerp in 1920, GB finished with two gold medals as more countries were plying their own trade now in the roped square. Richard Gunn FINNEGAN, Christopher Martin MITCHELL, Henry James "Harry" Born: 15 October 1989, Watford, Hertfordshire, England He made it four in a row in 1925 and it would be 70 years before any man emulated this feat, when Kelly Oliver won four consecutive light-heavyweight titles between 1992-95. Beijing 2022 . Born: 5 June 1944, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England His greatest achievement was for Essex against Derbyshire in 1921 when he scored a career best 210 not out, and that was after talking nine Derbyshire wickets for 47 runs. They are holding the Val Barker Cup, awarded to McTaggart as the most stylish boxer at the Games. He took part in the springboard diving competition at the 1908 Olympics, and also the 4 x 200 metres freestyle relay. SPINKS, Terence Harrison’s career had certainly taken off when joining the famous Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, east London, where he came under the watchful eye of legendary coach Tony Burns Snr MBE and won ABA super-heavyweight crowns in 1997 and 1998 and a Commonwealth super-heavyweight title in 1998. Boxing, 51 kg (fly), ADAMS, Nicola, Great Britain, India, London 2012, People's Republic of China, Women, A fitting tribute indeed even though Lord Coe and his committee should have thought about doing it. Olympic medals: 2000 - Gold (Super-heavyweight). Olympic medals: 1908 - Gold (Featherweight). In addition, McTaggart became the first and so far only Briton to win the coveted Val Barker Trophy for being the most stylish boxer of the Olympic Games. Following his Olympic success, DeGale, known as "Chunky" was awarded the MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours List. 310 competitors, 181 men and 129 women, took part in 179 events in 23 sports. It was a memorable year for Campbell as he became the first Englishman for 47 years to win a European amateur title when he beat the very experienced Bulgarian Detelin Dalakliev on points at Liverpool. List This article has been rated as List-Class on the project's quality scale. Olympic medals: 1924 - Gold (Light-heavyweight). Beijing Olympics: British Boxing's 2008 class. Boxing Wiki. Mallin went on to the final where he fought and beat the reigning ABA champion, and fellow Londoner, Jack Elliott on points. - Credit: PA. To win an Olympic crown and then to successfully defend it four years later is some feat, in whatever era it is achieved in. For the first time at an Olympic Games, women competed in three boxing events. A true British Olympic legend, McTaggart won 610 of 634 amateur bouts yet sadly he was not invited to attend the 2012 Olympic Games in London by the British Olympic Association, a decision which hurt McTaggart. At the time of his call up to the British Olympic team, Spinks was working as a binman. Cuba boycotted the 1988 Olympics … DOUGLAS, John William Henry Tyler However, DeGale turned the tables in Beijing, outscoring Sutherland, who finished with a bronze medal. Having put Harris on the canvas twice in the opening round the referee called a halt to proceedings after just 88 seconds. This is the complete list of Olympic medalists in boxing from 1904 to 2012. Homepage. Died: 8 February 1983, Twickenham, London American boxers were not present in London when the host nation, sometimes described as the UK in those far-off days, won all five golds thanks to bantamweight Henry Thomas, the only reigning ABA champion to land the ultimate prize; Dick Gunn at welterweight; Fred Grace at lightweight; John (JWHT) Douglas at middleweight and in the heavyweight division, Albert Oldman. Greeks added competitive boxing to their 23rd Olympiad in 688 BC, reportedly the first time the sport was governed by rules and champions proclaimed. And in 2001 she became the first female boxer to represent England. Bantamweight gold was won by Luke Campbell, who had a very successful amateur career, including winning a gold at the European championships in 2008. Three years later he won his first British featherweight title by beating Bobby Neil. Spinks, an 18–year-old ABA flyweight champion in 1956, shocked and rocked the amateur boxing world Down Under with five classy displays which saw him take gold, when probably not many outside his immediate family, friends and boxing circle, imagined he would. Less than 18 months after turning professional DeGale had won the WBA International super-middleweight title and in December 2010 he beat Paul Smith to win the British super-middleweight title. Ron Rawson Great Britain's Anthony Joshua celebrates his win against Italy's Roberto Cammarelle in the Men's Boxing Super Heavy (+91kg) Final at the ExCeL Arena, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics. Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display The British team won, making them the only nation to win an Olympic cricket contest and the only Olympic gold medalists in cricket. Olympics competed in: 1 (1908) Audley Harrison Through the first nine Olympic boxing games (1904-1952), only five gold medalists … Moscow Summer Olympic Games Issue Olympic Boxing Medalists Two Hundred and Fifty Francs Multicoloured White Wove Unwtmk Paper Perforated 13.0 x 13.0 Lithography Printing Edila Printing Ltd, Paris _____ Scott 2020 Catalogue Gabon C240 ( CV $ 2.50** / 0.85 US ) Michel Katalog Gabunische Republik Mi 751 pf76205.jpg GABON 1959-1990 Republic OYTS SRTS _____ The PERFORATIONS … Younger brother Kevin died less than five months before him. So, how sweet was that revenge at the Olympic Games? Born: 18 November 1883, Mile End, London Chris Finnegan Rio 2016 . Nicola Adams started boxing at the age of 13 and had her first competitive contest a year later just after the ban on women's boxing in Britain had been lifted. Grace won the Olympic gold by beating Fred Spiller on points in the final but his greatest triumph was in beating Matt Wells in the quarter-final when he was the underdog. LA 2028; Milano Cortina 2026 . rather better-known Alan Minter all won bronze medals, that British boxers have come away from an Olympics with more than a single medal. FANDOM. 310 competitors, 181 men and 129 women, took part in 179 events in 23 sports. 5 famous Olympic boxing medallists who went on to become World Champions (Video) The most iconic pictures of all time. Italy dominated boxing at the 1960 Summer Olympics, winning three gold medals and seven medals overall.Two of the gold medalists would later become Hall of Fame world champions in professional boxing: American Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) and Italian Nino Benvenuti. He was only 24 at the time and despite not fighting for Commonwealth, European or World titles he was at the time of his death in 2012, the only man to win Schoolboy, ABA, British and Olympic titles. Boxing has been part of the Olympic Games since 1904. Olympic Games. He also competed in his second Olympics in 1920 - he would have competed in 1912 when he was at his prime, but boxing was banned in the host country, Sweden. And at aged 18 he was Britain's youngest ever Olympic boxing champion. A draw against Mexico’s Maria Salinas in this contest proved to be her goodbye and Adams is without doubt our greatest ever female boxer and certainly the hardest of all acts to follow. Johnny and his father were two of 42 passengers and crew who lost their lives, Johnny reportedly losing his life trying to save his father. But how different Audley Harrison's life could have been. The Italians protested, naturally, but were unsuccessful in their appeal and Cammarelle's chances of becoming the first man since the legendary Teofilio Stevenson of Cuba to retain the top weight division at the Olympics had gone. I think we should leave it there. When he won the super-heavyweight gold medal at Sydney in 2000, Audley Harrison became the first Briton to win the heaviest weight division at the Olympics since Ron Rawson in 1920, and the first British Olympic gold medallist in any division since Chris Finnegan in 1968. When the friend said: "Why, you were so close?" Born: 27 September 1987, Kingston upon Hull, Humberside, England The most decorated female British athlete is rower Katherine Grainger, who won five medals during a 16-year Olympic career. He then added the vacant WBC Silver super-middleweight title. Olympics competed in: 1 (1920) The contest was the coveted Ring magazine's 'Fight of the Year'. A member of the St Paul's Amateur Boxing Club in Hull, a club he joined at the age of 13 along with his brother Kane in order to keep himself out of mischief as he was, by his own admission, 'a bit of a handful' as a teenager. British super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke says he will be a "serious competitor" at Tokyo 2020 if he qualifies for the Olympic Games at the third time of asking. Born: 1 July 1888, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England RELATED: George Foreman Concerned About Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. “I have other priorities now that are higher up the list than boxing.” Gardiner is just the latest athlete deciding against another Olympic run. Finnegan's brother Kevin was also a professional boxer and held the British and European middleweight titles and was well known for three close battles with Alan Minter. The boxing tournaments at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 21 August 2016 at the Pavilion 6 of Riocentro. After retiring he maintained contact with the sport he served for so long, and in 1990 he was the Honorary Director of Coaching of the Scottish team at the Commonwealth Games. DeGale won by two points and had Correa not had two points deducted for biting DeGale's shoulder in the first round it could have been a different story. Spinks later became a trainer and was coach to the South Korean team at the 1972 Munich Olympics and it was Spinks who raised the alert when he saw members of the Black September movement heading towards the Israeli athletes headquarters. Great Britain, represented by the British Olympic Association (BOA), competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Olympic medals: 1956 - Gold (Flyweight). Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display Douglas's boxing career was gathering momentum at the same time as his cricketing career. Boxing has been included on the programme of every Commonwealth Games. Great Britain's James Degale with his gold medal after beating Cubas' Emilio Correa Bayeaux in the men's middle (75kg) boxing final at the Workers Gymnasium, during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China. Harrison did not start boxing seriously until he was 19 when his brother Rodney introduced him to the Northolt boxing gym. McTaggart received one of the greatest accolades that can be bestowed upon a boxer when, in 2000, he was inducted into the Boxing International Hall of Fame, and two years later he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame. Dick was a cook in the RAF when he won the 1956 ABA lightweight title which gained "Dandy Dick", as he was nicknamed, selection to the Great Britain team for the Olympics on Melbourne later that year. Quarter-final opponent Mate Parlov was later the WBC light-heavyweight world champion. He had a third shot at the Olympics in Tokyo in 1964, when in the light-welterweight division he had the misfortune to meet Poland’s Jerzy Kukej, the eventual gold medalist. Clearly we will never see the likes of the late Mallin ever again. Eight years later middleweight James DeGale MBE was crowned Olympic champion in Beijing, the first time the Summer Games had taken place in the Peoples Republic of China. I want to keep learning and by seizing my opportunity give back by showing other poor kids how they can improve and succeed. Britain competed for the first time on home soil in 1908 and has competed ever since (except 1912). After a couple of retirements, Harrison had his last fight in April 2013 but the referee stopped the fight in the first round and the defeat resulted in Harrison calling it a day once more ... watch this space! He retired in 1916 and the following year, being an American citizen, he served in the US Navy during World War One. Born: 16 February 1871, Charing Cross, London Born: 29 February 1884, Edmonton, London Women’s boxing medalists. Great Britain's Nicola Adams with her gold medal after her fight with China's Canacan Ren during the Women's fly 55kg final at the London 2012 Olympics Webmaster and copyright owner: igmsantaponsa@atlas.com.es. It was next included in 1908 and in every games since 1920. He had won the ABA middleweight crown in 1966 and was a losing finalist in 1967, then in 1968 he lost on a cut eye in the London North West Divisional championships, hardly the credentials for a budding Olympic champion. In the modern era, boxing was introduced to the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. He was not one of Britain's medal hopes in Beijing and after two wins he came up against the defending champion Bakhtiyar Artayev but a third consecutive points decision came DeGale's way before he then met the fancied Irishman Darren Sutherland in the semi-final. After his retirement from the ring, Harry served on the ABA as a coach and official and was manager of the British Olympic teams in 1936 and 1952. That world championship disappointment was compensated for in 2012 when he became the Olympic super-heavyweight champion, but he had to fight hard for the title. Albert Oldman This mechanism had been introduced for the Barcelona Games in 1992 for all aspiring entrants to the boxing tournament and is still in place today, with Harrison navigating the qualification process successfully, although it was not an easy path for him. The United States have been the most successful boxing nation with 110 medals, incuding a record 49 golds. He was the only reigning ABA champion to win a gold medal at the 1908 Olympics. Olympics competed in: 1 (1908) The name of Nicola Adams will remain immortalised in the Olympic record books for all time. JOSHUA, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Eleven boxing events (all men's individual) were contested with the participation of 271 fighters from 51 countries. She was also the women's ABA flyweight champion for the second time in 2007. One of nine children and the son of publican Alfred Mitchell, who was the one time landlord of the Freemasons Hotel in Wandsworth Common, Harry Mitchell never turned professional. A friend who rang to offer condolences to Chris after Kevin's death was shocked when Chris said he would not be attending his brother's funeral. He reached the final after three fairly comfortable bouts but was made to fight for his gold medal by the German Harry Kurschat, but the Scot ran out the victor on points. 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