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British Boxing Olympians

Updated on January 26, 2013

The Olympics is the ultimate in sport. Winning the Olympic gold is the pinnacle of a sporting career. It is an athlete's dream and for many simply competing and representing their country is their proudest moment.

Boxing is one of the few sports where there is something higher than the Olympics, being an Olympian has often kick-started the pro career of a boxer & sent them on the way to a professional World title.

In the Olympics boxing is part of a small group of sports, where professionals aren't allowed to compete in the games. Women's boxing was first included in the Olympics in the 2012 games.

Boxing also has open draws. While many sports have 'seeded draws' putting the best in different halves of the draw, in boxing it is possible for the two gold medal favourites to fight each other in the first round, resulting in one of them not getting a medal and being critisised back home for losing in the first round. To make matters harder boxing tournaments (including the Olympics) are elimination conests. Unlike other combat sports like Judo, whereby if you lose you can still go into a repataige to try to claim a bronze medal, in boxing once you've lost a match you are out of the tournament.

All of this combined with the fact that the sport involves getting punched, helps make boxing one of the hardest sports around, and one requiring the utmost dedication. So here we have every British boxing olympian. Whether they won gold or lost in the first bout.

(There may be a few inaccuracies in names or weights for the earlier games but this information is correct to the best of my knowledge. Also information regarding post Olympic activities such as turning pro may have changed since I wrote it but was accurate at the time of writing)

Anthony Joshua

2012 London, Super-heavyweight, Gold

Finchley ABC's Anthony Joshua qualified for the Olympics by winning a silver medal at the 2011 World championships. He won his first Olympic bout against Cuba's Erislandy Savon with a score of 17-16. Then in the quarter-finals beat Zhilei Zhang from China, 15-11 to guarantee a medal spot. He won 13-11 over Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan in the semis before facing Italy's two time World gold medallist and defending Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle, winning on countback after the fight ended 18 all.

Anthony Ogogo

2012 London, Middleweight, Bronze

Anthony Ogogo from the Triple A boxing club, made it into the team in the final qualifying tournament after a shoulder injury forced him to pull out of the first qualifying event. The first GB boxer to fight in the Olympics, he got the team off to a winning start, beating the Dominican Republic's Junior Castillo Martinez 13-6. His next contest was against reigning World champion, Ievgen Khytrov of the Ukraine. After Ogogo won the first round and took a standing 8 count in the second, the decision went to a DOUBLE countback, the boxers scoring level 18-18 and 52-52 before the judges finally elected Anthony the upset winner.

He sealed a place on the podium in the quarter-finals, beating Germany's Stefan Hartel 15-10, but lost 16-9 against Brazil's Esquiva Falcao Florentino in the semi-finals, taking a bronze medal. The Brazilian went on to win gold.

Fred Evans

2012 London, Welterweight, Silver

Cardiff's Fred Evans won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth and 2011 European Championships. He won his first Olympic contest by outpointing Ilyas Abbadi of Algeria 18-10, before beating Lithuania's Egidijus Kavaliauskas 11-7. The score was tied 14-14 at the end of his quarter-final bout against Custio Clayton of Canada, but Evans won on countback. He won 11-10 over Ukraine's Taras Shelestyuk in the semi-finals before claiming silver after losing 9-17 to Serik Sapiyev from Kazakhstan.

Thomas Stalker

2012 London, Light-welterweight

Liverpudlian Thomas Stalker from Salisbury ABC is another 2010 Commonwealth games gold medallist. After a bye in the 1st round he beat India's Manoj Kumar 20-16 in his first fight. Before losing 22-23 against Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg from Mongolia in the quarter-finals.

Josh Taylor

2012 London, Lightweight

Edinburgh's Josh Taylor won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth games, being beaten by fellow GB olympian Tom Stalker in the final. He beat Brazil's Robson Conceicao 13-9 in his first Olympic bout, before losing to Domenico Valentino from Italy by a score of 15-10.

Luke Campbell

2012 London, Bantamweight, Gold

St Paul's ABC boxer Luke Campbell from Hull, qualified for the Olympics with a silver medal at the 2011 World championships. He beat Italy's Jahyn Vittorio Parrinello 11-9 in his first Olympic contest, before outpointing Bulgaria's Detelin Dalakliev 16-15 in the quarter-finals. In the semis he defeated Satoshi Shimizu from Japan 20-11 before outpointing Ireland's John Joe Nevin 14-11 to win the gold.

Andrew Selby

2012 London, Flyweight

Welshman Andrew Selby won a European championships gold medal and World championships silver medal in 2011, having to box-off against 2008 Olympian Khalid Yafai, who had qualified at the same event, to see who would get the olympic flyweight spot. After a first round bye Andrew won his first Olympic contest, 19-15, against Ilyas Suleimenov from Kazakhstan. However he lost in the quarter-finals, 16-11 to Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana.

Savannah Marshall

2012 London, Middleweight

Hartlepool's Savannah Marshall qualified for the Olympic's when she became Britain's first female boxing world champion. She received a bye in the first round of the Olympics before facing Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, losing 16-12.

Natasha Jonas

2012 London, Lightweight

Natasha Jonas won bronze at the 2012 Women's World championships, becoming the first British woman to qualify for the Olympic boxing. She was also the first British female fighter to fight in the Olympics, beating Quanitta Underwood from America 21-13, before losing 26-15 against Ireland's four-time World champion Katie Taylor in the quarter-finals. Taylor went on to win gold.

Nicola Adams

2012 London, Flyweight, Gold

Haringey Police Community Club's Nicola Adams won silver at the 2012 Women's world championships to qualify for the Olympics. After receiving a first round bye she defeated Bulgaria's Stoyka Petrova, 16-7 in the quarter-finals, to guarantee a medal place. She then beat India's Mary Kom, 11-6, to secure her place in the final, where she made history by winning the first ever women's boxing Olympic gold medal by beating Cancan Ren from China by 16-7.

David Price

2008 Beijing, Super-Heavyweight, Bronze

David Price only qualified for the Olympics in the final European qualifying tournament in Athens. He had to pull out of the Worlds with a hand injury and then in the next qualifiers lost a contravesial decision to an Azerbaijani. After all this bad luck before the games it was typical that he should draw European champion and Gold medal favourite Islam Timurziev of Russia in the first round. Timurziev led 2-0 after the first round but David came out fired up for the second, although only 2 of his punches scored for the judges, they both knocked the Russian down for the eight count and the referee waved it off.

In the quater-finals David met Lithuania's Jaroslav Jaksto who had to pull out at the start of the second due to an injured left leg restricting his movement. It is likely the injury was triggered by a powerful right hand Price landed in the first while Jaksto was against the ropes. David led 3-1 at the time. In the semis David met reigning world (amateur) champion Robert Cammarelle. The Italian was too fast and accurate for David who was rescued by the referee in round 2 after being caught by a southpaw left as he tried to throw his own punch from against the ropes. David had already been down in round 1 and Cammarelle, who went on to win gold, was leading 8-0 when it was stopped.

Tony Jefferies

2008 Beijing, Light-heavyweight, Bronze

A 2006 Commonwealth Games representative, Tony Jefferies qualified for Beijing by reaching the quater-finals at the World championships. In the Olympics Jefferies got a bye in the first round before facing Colombia's Eleider Alvarez, Tony seemed the better boxer but the scores were close throughout the bout. Tony eased up in the last after gaining a point to be 5-3 up but the Colombian managed to level the points at the end and it went to countback with Jefferies sliping through to the quater-finals.

Hungarian Imre Szello was Tony's opponent in the quarters whom he had beaten by a single point 6 weeks earlier. This time his tactics were better as he cruised home 10-2 including a count for Szello in the last. In the semis Tony faced Ireland's eight times senior national champion Ken Egan. It was 1-1 after the first round but after that Ken took control finishing 10-3 to send Tony Jefferies home with a bronze. Egan went on to possibly win the final but had to settle for silver after some dubious judging against a Chinaman in China.

James DeGale

2008 Beijing, Middleweight, Gold

James DeGale qualified for the Olympics at the second of the three qualifying events. He was the first British boxer to fight in Beijing and got the team off to a good start with a 13-4 win over Egypt's 2005 World bronze medallist Mohamed Hikal. Although Hikal was ahead 3-2 at the end of the first he was left behind once DeGale started using his fast hands and impressive footwork. Next DeGale faced American Shawn Estrada and after a scoreless first round James seemed to pile the points at will, finishing an 11-5 winner.

In the quater-finals James was up against Kazakhstan's Bakhtiyar Artayev who not only won Olympic gold a weight lower in Athens, but also the Val Barker Trophy for best stylist. However this proved no problem for DeGale who cruised to an 8-3 victory. In the semis it was the turn of Ireland's Darren Sutherland to taste defeat having previously beaten James in 4 of their 5 meetings. DeGale got his tactics right and remained focused earning a 10-3 win. The final was against Cuban Emilio Correa who picked up a warning in the first for biting. DeGale built up a 10-4 lead at the halfway mark before the fight turned into a mauling & clinching match with the final result of 16-14 in Brit's favour, giving him Britain's first Olympic middleweight Gold since Chris Finnegan 40 years earlier.

DeGale vs Correa

Billy Joe Saunders

2008 Beijing, Welterweight

18 year old Billy Joe was originally part of the British Development Squad being trained for London 2012 but was promoted to the Podium squad and qualified for Beijing in the second qualifying tournament.

In his first olympic bout he outpointed 2007 World bronze medallist Adem Kilicci from Turkey, slipping punches and moving in and out to land with combinations Billy Joe came out a 14-3 winner. In the second series Saunders was up against Cuban Carlos Banteurt Suarez. The Cuban built up an early lead and although Billy Joe briefly managed to level it early in the second the gap soared to 9-5 in the Cuban's favour by the end of the third. In the last Suarez ran picking Saunders off as he came in to win 13-6.

Bradley Saunders

2008 Beijing, Light-Welter

The 2006 ABA champion (There were no ABAs held in 2007) Bradley qualified for the Olympics by winning a bronze medal at the worlds. In his first bout he beat Ghana's Samuel Kotey Neequaye. Neequaye quickly gained two points but after half a minute he went down to a left hook to the body. The Ghanian rose quickly but Bradley soon sent him back to the canvas with the same punch, the referee calling it off at 1 minute 24 seconds. In the next round Bradley was against France's Alexis Vastine. The frenchman got his tactics right standing off and picking Saunders off as he came in, building up a 10-3 lead to start the last. Bradley gave his all in the last winning it 4-1 but it wasn't enough to overturn the Frenchman's lead and he lost 11-7.

Saunders vs Neequaye

Frankie Gavin

2008 Beijing, Lightweight, (Sent Home)

The 2006 ABA champion and Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, Frankie qualified for the Olympics by winning the November 2007 Worlds, the first British boxer in any weight devision to ever win gold. He then won the European championships a weight higher and hadn't lost a domestic fight since he was 16. All of this made him favourite to win an Olympic Gold for Britain. However in the 9 months between qualifying and the games he outgrew the Lightweight devision and despite working with top nutrisionists he was unable to make the weight. Head coach Terry Edwards decided to pull him out rather than risk his health, a decision that was validated when American bantam Garry Russell collapsed the day before the weigh-in as a result of trying to make the weight.

Joe Murray

2008 Beijing, Bantamweight

A 2006 European Games representative, Joe Murray qualified for the Olympics by winning a bronze medal at the Worlds. In the Olmpics he lost in the first series to China's Gu Yu. The first round was scoreless before the Chinaman suddenly raced to 4-0 in the second. Murray had to change tactics and try to force the fight playing into Gu Yu's hands as he picked him off coming in, to go ahead 12-4. In the last Murray couldn't turn it around and he lost 17-7.

Khalid Saheed Yafai

2008 Beijing, Flyweight

Champion at the December 2006 ABAs, 19 year-old Khalid Saheed Yafai qualified for the games at the second qualifying tournament in Italy. In the Olympics Khalid had a first round bye having to wait a week before facing Cuba's 2005 World silver medalist Andris Laffita Hernandez. The Cuban was just too experienced for Khalid and after a 1-0 feeling out round Hernandez used his skills to win the second and third 6-1 & 7-1 respectively. The last featured good exchanges but despite an equal 2 all round Yafai was too far behind losing 9-3.

Amir Khan

2004 Athens, Lightweight, Silver

A Class A Junior ABA champion in 2003 & 2004 and an under 19 World championships Gold medallist and Senior European Games representative in 2004, Amir Khan was Britain's only representative for boxing at the Athen's Olympics and the 17 year old boy wonder won silver, losing the final to Cuban legend Mario Kindelan.

In his first bout the referee stopped the contest outscored at 1.09 of round 3 against Marios Kaperonis of Greece. Next was a 37-21 points decision over Bulgaria's European champion, Dimitar Shchilyanov. In the quarter-finals Korea's Baek Jong-Seop was stopped at 1.37 of round 1 due to an injury. Then in the Semi-finals Amir beat Serik Yeleuov from Kazakhstan 40-26, before losing in the final to Cuba's 2 time Olympic Gold medal winner Mario Kindelán.

Amir Khan (blue) beats the European champion Stilianov.

Audley Harrison

2000 Sydney, Super Heavyweight, Gold

A 1997 and '98 ABA Super-heavyweight champion and 1998 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, Audley Harrison was one of only two British boxers to qualify for the olympics. In his first bout Audley knocked out the Russian Lezin in the last round with a left. His second fight was against Ukraine's Olekseii Mazikin and he won 19-9 guaranteeing him a medal. In the semi-final he won 32-16 against Italy's Paolo Vidoz.

An injured left hand almost ruled him out of the final, but during the medical the doctor noticed stubble on his face and as beards are effectively illegal in boxing he was sent off to shave, when he came back they forgot to check his hand. He won the final against Kazakhstan's Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov 30-16.

After winning Gold at Sydney Audley turned pro, aiming for the World heavyweight title. However he failed to live up to his potential as a pro.

Audley Harrison - Autobiography

Courtney Fry

2000 Sydney, Light-Heavyweight

The 1998 Light-heavyweight Commonwealth Games Champion and an ABA champion in 1996, '98 and 2001, Courtney Fry lost in his first Olympic bout against Ghana's Charles Adamu. Coaches said that he suffered a recurrence of a back problem.

Courtney turned pro in 2003, his current record is 14-3 (5 KOs).

Fola Okesola

1996 Atlanta, Heavyweight

Lynn ABC's Fola Okesola, a runner-up in the 1995 ABAs, was stopped with 7 seconds remaining in his first Olympic contest against Nate Jones of the USA. Okesola went on to compete in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and turned pro in 2002, retiring the same year. He returned to the ring 9 years later only to be knocked out in the first round. His record stands at 3-2 (3 KOs).

David Burke

1996 Atlanta, Featherweight

A bronze medallist at the 1996 European Championships, David Burke lost in his first Olympic bout to Falk Huste of Germany, 13-9.

He turned pro in March 1997 working up a record of 26-2 (8 KOs). David won the vacant Commonwealth Lightweight title in 2002 and the WBU Lightweight title against Colin Dunne. He lost a European title challenge on points in Italy to Stefano Zoff, but won his remaining fights before retiring.

Burke vs Todorov - (European Championships)

The 1996 European Championships semi-final between David Burke (Red) and Bulgaria's Serafim Todorov (Blue).

Paul Lawson

1992 Barcelona, Heavyweight

In the Olympics Repton's Paul Lawson fought American Danell Nicholson losing on points 10-2. He was ABA heavyweight champion in both 1991 and 1993.

Paul turned pro in 1993 working up a 13-2 (10 KOs) record at cruiserweight. His two losses were title challenges, the first for the Southern Area title and the second for the Commonwealth title.

Mark Edwards

1992 Barcelona, Middleweight

A Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist in 1990 and ABA champion in 1991, Royal Navy man Mark Edwards lost his first Olympic middleweight contest to eventual silver medallist and future Heavyweight World champion, Chris Byrd of America on points 21-3.

Robin Reed

1992 Barcelona, 71Kgs, Bronze

Robin Reed was Britain's only medal winner in the 1992 Olympics boxing, claiming a bronze. His first fight was a first round KO win over Marcus Thomas from Barbados, next was a points decision over Lithuania's Leonidas Maleckis followed by a win over Norway's Ole Klemetsen in the Quater-finals. In the Semis Robin lost to Orhan Delibas of the Netherlands.

He turned professional a year later in 1993, winning the WBC super-middleweight title against Vincenzo Nardiello, losing it to Thulani Malinga in his fourth defence. He challenged for several more titles but despite winning the lightly regarded WBF & IBO belts, he never regained a major title, losing to Joe Calzaghe, Sven Ottke & Jeff Lacy. He finished with a pro record of 39-6-1 (27 KOs).

Adrian Dobson

1992 Barcelona, 69Kgs

Adrian Dodson won a British Schools title in 1984 before competing for his native Guyana in the 1988 Seoul Olympics at just 17 years old, losing to eventual bronze medallist Reiner Gies. Adrian then won the ABA welterweight title in 1990, before representing Britain in the 1992 Olympics. In the Barcelona Olympics he lost to Francisc Vastag of Romania at the last 16 stage, it is unclear if he had any other bouts or if this was his first contest of the Games.

Adrian turned pro in 1993, winning his first 18 fights, including a 3rd round TKO of Lloyd Honeyghan, before losing on cuts to Ronald "Winky" Wright in December 1997 in a WBO Light-middleweight title challenge. In October 1999 Dodson was disqualified in the last round of a Commonwealth title challenge against Alain Bonnamie. Adrian retired in 2003 with a 25-6 (17 KOs) record.

Peter Richardson

1992 Barcelona, 64Kgs (Light-Welter)

A 1989 ABA champion at Featherweight, and Britain's Light-welterweight representative at the 1991 World Championships, in the Olympics Peter defeated the United States' future 2 weight world champion Vernon Forrest, 14-8 in the first round. He went on to beat Mongolia's Nyamaa Altankhuyag 21-4, before losing to Leonard Doroftei (Romania) on points. Fighting out of the Phil Thomas School of Boxing, Richardson would go onto win the 1993 ABA title and 1994 Commonwealth Games Gold medal.

He turned pro in 1995, piling up a 14-3 (8 KOs) record.

Alan Vaughan

1992 Barcelona, 60Kgs (Lightweight)

Alan Vaughan's first Olympic contest was against Canada's Billy Irwin, the referee stopped the contest in the third round in Irwin's favour.

Stephen Wilson

1992 Barcelona, 57Kgs (Featherweight)

Stephen got a 1st round bye and defeated Mikaele Masoe of American Samoa 12-8 before losing to Rostislav Zaulichniy (Unified Team) 0-13.

Stephen turned pro in November 1992, losing to Joe Calzaghe for the vacant British Super-middleweight title in his only title challenge. Compiling a 12-2 (6 KOs) record.

Brian Carr

1992 Barcelona, 54Kgs (Bantamweight)

A 1990 ABA featherweight champion with Auchengeich BC, Glasgow's Brian Carr lost in his first bout to Spain's Faustino Reyes, 10-22, to end his Olympic dream.

He turned pro and compiled a 25-7-1 (5 KOs) record. He won the Scottish featherweight and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles, but lost in challenges for the British super-bantam and WBU feather titles.

Paul Ingle

1992 Barcelona, 51Kgs (Flyweight)

An Under 19 Worlds Bronze medallist in 1990 and 1991 senior ABA Flyweight champion, Paul Ingle won his first Olympic bout 9-7 against Alex Baba of Ghana before losing to North Korea's Choi Chol-Su 13-12.

Paul turned pro in 1994 and won British, European & Commonwealth titles. He lost a challenge to Naseem Hamed's WBO title before winning the IBF title against Manuel Medina. He lost it in his second defence to Mbulelo Botile collapsing in the 12th round and having to have a blood clot removed from his brain. He finished with a pro record of 23-2 (16 KOs).

Rowan Williams

1992 Barcelona, 48Kgs (Light-Flyweight)

Rowan Williams got a bye in the first round and then beat Ghana's Stephen Ahialey 11-3. In his second fight he lost 6-7 to Roel Velasco of the Philippines.

Rowan turned pro in 1993 at bantamweight but didn't do well in the pros, ending his career with a 5-12-1 (1 KO) Record.

Henry Akinwande

1988 Seoul, 91Kgs (Heavyweight)

An ABA runner-up in 1986 & '87 before winning the title for Lynn ABC in 1988 and again in '89, Henry Akinwande lost his first Olympic contest on points to Arnold Vanderlyde of the Netherlands.

However he was a better pro finishing with a record of 50-4-1 (30 KOs) This included winning the European, Commonwealth (Empire) and WBO heavyweight titles.

Akinwande in ABAs

Henry Akinwande fights Herbie Hide in the ABA heavyweight final.

Richie Woodhall

1988 Seoul, 71Kgs (Light-Middleweight), Bronze

Richie Woodhall won the Light-Middleweight bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics. After a bye in the first round he beat Desmond Williams of Sierra Leone 5-0, then Apolinario Silveira from Angola also 5-0. In the quaterfinals he defeated Puerto Rico's Rey Rivera 5-0, before losing the semis to future pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr.

He won the 1990 Commonwealth games Gold medal before turning pro and winning the Commonwealth and European middleweight titles. He failed in a bid for the WBC middle title before moving up a division and winning the WBC super-middleweight title. He lost it to Markus Beyer in his 3rd defence and failed in his last title challenge to Joe Calzaghe. He finished with a pro record of 26-3 (16 KOs).

Woodhall vs Jones Jr

Part 2 of the fight available here:

Mark Elliott

1988 Seoul, Light-Welterweight

A 1987 ABA Welterweight champion with GKN Sankey ABC, Mark Elliott fought at Light-welter in the Olympics winning his first bout, 5-0 over Spain's Tomás Ruiz. In his second contest Mark was stopped by Ludovic Proto of France, the referee stepping in after 52 seconds of the first round. Elliott turned pro in 1991 and compiled a record of 11-2 (4 KOs) before retiring in 1996. Mark's father had boxed in the 1964 Tokyo Games for Jamaica.

Charlie Kane

1988 Seoul, 60Kgs (Lightweight)

After a first round bye, Charlie Kane (Antonine ABC's 1988 ABA champion) beat Indonesia's Adrian Taroreh 5-0 in rounds. He then beat Phat Hongram of Thailand 4-1 before losing 1-4 to Sweden's George Scott.

Charlie turned pro finishing with a record of 15-4 (5KOs). He never won a pro title but all his losses were in title challenges (British & IBO inter-Continental).

Dave Anderson

1988 Seoul, 57Kgs (Featherweight)

Scotland's Dave Anderson, a 1988 ABA champion who fought out of Bellahouston BC, defeated Domingo Nicolas Damigella of Argentina 4 rounds to 1 in his first Olympic contest. He then went on to beat Ireland's Patrick Fitzgerald 5-0, before losing RSC round 2 to Regilio Tuur of the Netherlands.

He turned pro in 1990 finishing his career with a 18-1 (7 KOs) record, after losing his last fight to Michael Ayers in a British title challenge.

Michael Deveney

1988 Seoul, 54Kgs (Bantamweight)

After a first round bye, Paisley BC's Michael Deveney was defeated by Alberto Machaze of Mozambique on a 5-0 decision.

He turned pro, winning 22 (4KOs) and losing seven with one draw. He won the vacant British feather title but lost it in his first defence.

John Lyon

1988 Seoul, 51Kgs (Flyweight)

Having already competed in the 1984 games, John competed for the second time in Seoul but lost in his first bout to Ramzan Gul of Turkey 4-1.

Although he never turned pro he was one of England's most decorated amateurs winning 8 ABA national titles (1981-84 & 86-89), Light flyweight silver at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and flyweight gold at the 1986 Commonwealths. He also competed in 2 European Championships (Budapest 1985 and Turin, Italy 1987) and at the 1989 World amateur championships in Moscow.

Mark Epton

1988 Seoul, 48Kgs (Light-Flyweight)

Representing Britain at Light-Fly, Mark Epton was a 1986 Commonwealth Games Silver medallist and ABA champion in 1985, '86 & '87 all with Mexborough Athletic ABC. In Seoul Mark won his first contest against Nepal's Damber Dutta Bhatta 5-0, before losing his second contest by the same margin to Ivaylo-Ismail Mustafov-Khristov of Bulgaria.

He turned pro at Flyweight in 1989, and won 6 contests with 3 KOs.

Robert Wells

1984 Los Angeles, 91+Kgs (Super-heavyweight), Bronze

Kingston ABC's ABA champion Robert Wells first fight in the Olympics was a quaterfinal against Pulu from Tonga which he won to claim a medal. Then in the Semis Robert lost to Italy's Francesco Damiani, Referee Stopped Contest round 3.

He briefly turned pro with 3 fights in 1986 and another 2 in 1989, finishing with a 3-2 (0 KOs) record.

Doug Young

1984 Los Angeles, 91Kgs (Heavyweight)

After a first round bye Doug Young (the 1984 ABA heavyweight champion with Hawick ABC) faced Georgios Stefanopoulos from Greece and was knocked out at 2:59 of the second round. As a pro he fought at Cruiserweight compiling a 3-3 (1 KO) record.

Tony Wilson

1984 Los Angeles, 81Kgs (Light-Heavyweight)

Britain's 1984 Olympic Light-heavyweight representative was Wolverhampton ABC's 1983 and 1984 ABA champion Anthony Wilson. After a first round bye Tony beat Roberto Oviedo of Argentina, the referee halting the contest at 2.08 of the first. In the quarter-finals Tony beat Algeria's Mustapha Moussa 3-2 but the verdict was over ruled by jury 5-0 in the Algerian's favour.

Tony turned pro and won the British Light-Heavyweight title while chalking up a 20-8-1 (16 KOs) record.

Brian Schumacher

1984 Los Angeles, 75Kgs (Middleweight)

A 1983 ABA finalist and 1984 ABA champion for the Royal Navy, Brian got a 1st round bye in his Olympics before losing to future World Light-heavy and Cruiserweight champion Virgil Hill of the United States, 0-5.

Brian turned pro and won 11 in a row, including the Central Area light-heavy title before losing five straight by knockout. The losing streak started with a British title challenge to Tony Wilson and ended with his retirement after a 4th round TKO to John Foreman.

Rod Douglas

1984 Los Angeles, 71Kgs

1983 and 1984 ABA Light-middleweight champion Rod Douglas got a 1st round bye in the Olympics, before beating Stephen Okumu of Kenya and Japan's Chiharu Ogiwara both 4-1. He then lost to Shawn O'Sullivan (Canada) 0-5. Douglas, who fought out of Broad Street ABC, would win 2 more ABA titles in 1985 and 1987, he also competed in the 1986 Commonwealth games winning Gold at 75 Kgs and has the distinction of being Nigel Benn's only amateur conqueror.

Rod turned pro and went 13 fights unbeaten before losing a British middleweight title challenge to Herol Graham. He sustained severe injuries and had to retire. His final record 13-1 (11KOs).

Douglas vs Carr

Rod Douglas fights John Carr in the 1987 ABA middleweight final.

Mickey Hughes

1984 Los Angeles, 69Kgs (Welterweight)

In his first Olympic bout Mickey (from the St Pancras ABC gym) defeated Paul Rasamimanana of Madagascar 5-0, before losing to Rudel Obreja from Romania 0-5.

He turned pro and won a British Welterweight title eliminator but lost the title fight. He won the vacant Commonwealth light-middle title, losing it in his first defence. He finished with a pro record of 24-7 (21 KOs).

Dave Griffiths

1984 Los Angeles, 64Kgs (Light-Welterweight)

A 1984 ABA champion and runner-up in 1983, Splott Adventure ABC's Dave Griffiths got a bye in the 1st round before defeating Clifton Charleswell of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 5-0. He then lost to Thailand's Dhawee Umponmaha 1-4.

David turned pro and won the Welsh title, finishing with a record of 10-9-1 (7KOs).

Alex Dickson

1984 Los Angeles, 60Kgs (Lightweight)

After a first round bye, Alex (a 1984 ABA champion for Larkhall ABC) beat Gabon's Desire Ollo 5-0 before suffering a 2nd round knock out to Puerto Rican Luis Ortiz.

He turned pro and won the British Lightweight title from Tony Willis but lost it in his next fight to Steve Boyle. He moved to Light-Welter and won an eliminator for the British title, but had to wait 5 fights before his chance against Tony Ekubia that doubled as a Commonwealth title fight. Ekubia knocked him out in the 11th round in what would be his last fight. He finished with a record of 18-3-1 (4 KOs).

Kevin Taylor

1984 Los Angeles, 57Kgs (Featherweight)

Kevin, a 1984 Featherweight ABA champion with Middleton & Rochdale ABC, got a 1st round bye to start his olympics before beating Jonathan Magagula of Swaziland, 5-0. However he then lost to South Korea's Park Hyung-Ok, 2-3.

Kevin turned pro and won the Central Area Super-featherweight title, but lost in a British featherweight title challenge. He finished with a record of 11-4 (4 KOs).

John Hyland

1984 Los Angeles, 54Kgs (Bantamweight)

St Ambrose ABC's 1983 and 1984 ABA Bantam champion, John Hyland was yet another British boxer to get a 1st round bye in the Los Angeles Olympics. However in his first fight he lost to Sung-Kil Moon of South Korea, TKO by 3.

He turned pro in 1985, winning a British title eliminator but losing his challenge to Billy Hardy for the British bantam title. He finished with a 11-4 (7 KOs).

Pat Clinton

1984 Los Angeles, 51Kgs (Flyweight)

The 1984 and later the 1985 ABA champion with Croy Miners ABC, Pat Clinton won his first Olympic bout 5-0 over Leonard Makhanya from Swaziland, before he lost by 2nd round KO to Yugoslavia's Redzep Redzepovski who went on to claim the Silver medal.

Pat turned pro winning the Scottish, British, European and WBO flyweight titles. Finishing with a record of 20-3 (9 KOs).

John Lyon

1984 Los Angeles, 48 Kgs (Light-Flyweight)

The ABA Light-Flyweight champion for 1981, '82, '83 & '84, John Lyon also won the Silver medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. In his first Olympics John Lyon defeated Alego Akomi of the Sudan and Israel's Yehuda Ben Haim both 5-0 before losing to Paul Gonzales of the United States 1-4.

John went on to win 4 more ABA titles, as well as Gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and competed in the 1988 Olympics.

Andrew Straughn

1980 Moscow, 81Kgs (Light-Heavyweight)

A 1979 and 1980 ABA Light-heavyweight champion with Hitchin Youth ABC, in the Olympics 19 year old Straughn's first bout was against the Soviet Union's David Kvachadze. The referee stopped the contest at 2.51 of round 2 in Kvachadze's favour.

After winning the ABA title for a third time in 1981, Andy Straughn turned pro at Cruiserweight and won the Vacant British title against Tee Jay, he lost the title in his first defence to Roy Smith. 2 years later he again beat Tee Jay for the Vacant title, before once more losing it in his next fight to Johnny Nelson. His last fight was a challenge for the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title, which he lost to Derek Angol. He finished with a record of 18-7-2 (10 KOs).

Nicholas Wilshire

1980 Moscow, 75Kgs (Middleweight)

National Smelting ABC's Nick Wilshire was a 1979 ABA Middleweight champion and 1980 runner-up down at Light-middle. He received a first round bye in the Olympics and then beat Yugoslavia's Miodrag Perunovic, 3-2. In the quater-finals Nicky was knocked out at 2:56 of the 2nd round by the Soviet Union's Aleksandr Koshkin.

He turned pro the following year. He lost his first title attempt on points to Jimmy Cable for the vacant British Light-middle title, but won the Commonwealth title by knocking out unbeaten Ken Salisbury in the 2nd round. He lost his title in his last fight to Lloyd Hibbert, the fight also decided the vacant British title. Nicky's final pro record was 36-4 (31 KOs).

Mark Kaylor

1980 Moscow, 71Kgs (Light-middleweight)

West Ham ABC's Mark Kayor, a 1980 ABA Middleweight champion, got a bye in the 1st round of the Olympics, then won 4-1 over Brazil's Carlos Antunes Fonseca before losing to Valentin Silaghi of Romania, 2-3.

Mark went pro, winning the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles, but lost in European title challenges at three weights (middle, light-heavy and super-middleweight). He finished with a 40-7-1 (34 Kos).

Anthony Willis

1980 Moscow, 60Kgs (Lightweight), Bronze

Rotunda ABC's 1980 Light-welterweight ABA champion Anthony Willis won Olympic bronze by defeating Jaime Soares França from Brazil, 5-0, he then beat Sweden's Shadrach Odhiambo, 5-0. In the quarter finals he

defeated Tanzania's William Lyimo by 3rd round KO, before losing 0-5 to Patrizio Oliva of Italy in the semis.

Willis defended his ABA title in the 1981 competition before turning pro for a career that included winning the British Lightweight title and ended with a record of 25-4 (16 KOs).

George Gilbody

1980 Moscow, 60Kgs (Lightweight)

George Gilbody from the St Helens Star ABC, never turned pro. He was ABA featherweight champion in 1974 and won the Lightweight ABAs in 1977, '79, '80 & '81. He also represented England at Lightweight in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada.

In the Moscow Olympics George got a 1st round bye, then beat Zambia's Blackson Siukoko 4-1, before losing to Richard Nowakowski of East Germany, 0-5.

Peter Hanlon

1980 Moscow, 57Kgs (Featherweight)

Gloucester ABC's 1979 ABA Featherweight champion Peter Hanlon beat Venezula's Antonio Esparragoza 4-1 then lost to Viktor Rybakov of the USSR 0-5. Hanlon went on to win the 1981 ABA Featherweight title and a Silver medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.

Ray Gilbody

1980 Moscow, 54Kgs (Bantamweight)

A 1979 Flyweight and 1980 Bantamweight ABA champion, Ray's Olympics started with a 1st round bye and he went on to defeat João Luis de Almeida of Angola, 5-0, before losing 1-4 to Mexico's Daniel Zaragoza. Gilbody went on to win the 1982 Bantamweight ABA title and competed in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, winning Bronze.

Ray turned pro in 1983 compiling an 11-4-1 (8 KOs) log which included winning the British bantam title but losing in a european title bid.

Keith Wallace

1980 Moscow, 51Kgs (Flyweight)

Keith Wallace got a bye in the first round but in the second round he lost to Daniel Radu of Romania 1-4 on points.

In his pro career, Keith won the Commonwealth flyweight title but lost a challenge for the European flyweight title and in an eliminator for the British bantamweight title. He finished with a record of 20-5 (14 KOs).

Dave Odwell

1976 Montreal, 75Kgs (Middleweight)

Team Captain Dave Odwell from the famed Repton club, beat Morocco's Mohamed Saoud, 5-0 in his first olympic bout before losing to Dragomir Vujkovic of Yugoslavia, 0-5.

Robbie Davies

1976 Montreal, 71Kgs

In the Olympics Robbie knocked out Australia's Wayne Devlin at 0.28 of the second round, before losing 1-4, to Alfredo Lemus of Venezuela.

He turned pro, compiling a record of 10-4 (9 KOs), including a loss in a British title eliminator.

Colin Jones

1976 Montreal, 69Kgs (Welterweight)

Colin was the youngest British Olympian until Amir Khan beat the record in 2008 by a couple of months. After a first round bye, he defeated Ireland's Christy McLoughlin, 5-0. He then lost 5-0 to Romania's eventual bronze medallist Victor Zilberman.

Colin turned pro winning the British, Commonwealth and European Welterweight titles. Jones drew and then lost by Split decision to Milton McCrory for the vacant WBC World welterweight title. In his final fight Colin suffered a 4th round TKO defeat to WBA & IBF World Champion Donald Curry. His final record was 26-3-1 (23 KOs).

Clinton McKenzie

1976 Montreal, 64Kgs (Light-Welterweight)

Croyden's Clinton McKenzie defeated Italy's Daniele Zappaterra, 5-0 and Puerto Rico's Ismael Martinez, 3-2. Before losing to Sugar Ray Leonard (United States) 0-5.

Clinton turned pro winning the British Light-welterweight title and losing and regaining it several times. He lost his only European title challenge, finishing with a record of 36-14 (12 KOs).

Sylvester Mittee

1976 Montreal, 60Kgs (Lightweight)

Although born in St. Lucia, Sylvester Mittee moved to the UK and competed for Britain at the Montreal Olympics. He lost in his first fight to Romania's silver medallist, Simion Cutov. The referee stopped the contest at 1.27 of round 3.

Sylvester turned pro in 1977. He lost in a British Light-welterweight challenge to Clinton McKenzie but won both the British & Commonwealth titles at Welterweight before losing them in a unification match with European and future world champion Lloyd Honeyghan. He finished with a record of 28-5 (22 KOs).

Patrick Cowdell

1976 Montreal, 51Kgs (Flyweight), Bronze

An ABA champion at varying weights in 1973, '75, '76 & '77, as well as the 1974 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist. In the 1976 Olympics Pat received a first round bye, before beating Leszek Borkowski from Poland, 5-0 and Puerto Rico's Alejandro Silva by the same score. In the quater-finals he defeated Reynaldo Fortaleza of the Philippines 4-1 to secure his bronze but lost to North Korean Gu Yong-Ju, 1-4 in the Semis. Patrick turned pro a year later.

Pat lost his first British featherweight title challenge to Dave Needham but beat him in a rematch 2 months later. After earning the Lonsdale belt for keeps (3 British title fight wins) Pat challenged Mexican great Salvador Sanchez for the WBC title, losing a 15 round split decision. Pat then won the European Featherweight title before moving up a weight and winning the European Super-Feather title. He went back to Feather for a second shot at the WBC belt, this time being Knocked out in the 1st by Azumah Nelson. Pat returned to Super-Feather where he won the British title and finished with a record of 36-6 (18 KOs).

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Charlie Magri

1976 Montreal, 48Kgs (Light-Flyweight)

A year earlier Charlie Magri had won a bronze at the European Junior championships. In the Olympic draw he was given a 1st round bye and was then scheduled to face Ghana's Eric Quaotsey but got a walkover due to Ghana's boycott of the games over an issue with New Zealand. When Charlie finally got to fight he suffered a 3rd round KO loss to Ian Clyde of Canada.

Magri turned pro with the famed Terry Lawless stable the following year and won the vacant British Flyweight title in only his third fight. The European title followed nine fights later and after a series of European defences he beat Eleoncio Mercedes on cuts for the WBC title. He lost the title in his next fight to Frank Cedeno and after regaining the European title he had one last shot at the world title losing to Sot Chitalada when his corner retired him. In his last fight Charlie lost to future world champion Duke McKenzie. He finished with a record of 30-5 (23 KOs).

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Billy Knight

1972 Munich, 75Kgs (Middleweight)

In the Olympics Billy Knight beat Julius Luipa of Zambia, 3-2 before losing to Cuba's Alejandro Montoya on a 2nd round TKO. Knight won 3 consecutive ABA Light-heavyweight titles (1972, '73 & '74) and the 1974 Commonwealth Games Gold medal.

Turning over in 1974, Billy compiled an 18-5-1 (12 KOs) record as a pro. Losing to Alan Minter for the British Light-Middleweight title in his only title fight.

Maurice Hope

1972 Munich, 71Kgs

Maurice Hope got a first round bye in the Olympics before beating Garry Davis of the Bahamas, 5-0. He then got a walkover over Spain's Alfonso Fernandez before losing 5-0 to Janos Kajdi from Hungary.

Turning pro, Maurice lost in a Britsh Middleweight title bid but had success in dropping down to Light-Middle winning British, Commonwealth and European titles. After drawing in Germany against Eckhard Dagge for the WBC title Maurice made sure of the win in his next world title shot in Italy with a TKO win over Rocky Mattioli in round nine. Several successful defences followed before Wilfred Benitez took his title on a 12 round TKO in the US. Maurice finished with a record of 30-4-1 (24 KOs).

Alan Minter

1972 Munich, 67Kgs , Bronze

After a 1st round bye Alan KO'd Guyana's Reggie Ford in the second round, before defeating Valeri Tregubov of the Soviet Union, 5-0. In the Quater-finals he beat Algeria's Loucif Hamani, 4-1 but then lost 2-3 to German Dieter Kottysch.

Alan turned pro and won the vacant British title against Kevin Finnegan, he defended against fellow olympian Billy Knight and beat Finnegan again in a rematch to claim the Lonsdale belt outright. He won the European title before winning a split decision over Vito Antuofermo for the WBA & WBC World Middleweight titles at Ceasers Palace. Alan left no doubts in the London rematch with an eigth round TKO win. When he lost his title on a 3rd round TKO to Marvin Hagler due to cuts there was a riot at the Empire Pool, Wembley. A win and 2 losses later Alan retired with a record of 39-9 (23 KOs).

Graham Moughton

1972 Munich, 64Kgs

In his first Olympic bout, team Captain Graham beat Pakistan's Malang Balouch, 5-0. He then won 3-2, over Emilio Villa from Colombia to earn a place in the Quarter-finals. Finally in the quarters he lost 5-0 to Zvonimir "Zvonko" Vujin of Yugoslavia.

Graham represented England and Great Britain in 35 internationals but never turned pro. Instead he become a manager and trainer working, among others, with Nigel Benn.

Nevill Cole

1972 Munich, 60Kgs (Lightweight)

Nevill Cole lost his only Olympic contest to India's Muniswamy Venu. Nevill started well before receiving two counts in the second round, the referee stopped the contest at 1:40 of the third and final round. In January 1973 Cole stopped Billy Miller from Texas in the second round to help England to a 6-5 team victory over the USA in New York. Also in 1973 Nevill won his third senior ABA title, this time at light-welter (1970 & 1972 titles at Lightweight).

Nevill competed in the 1973 European Championships but was pulled out of his first fight by his coach due to cuts. His opponent Marijan Benes from Yugoslavia went on to claim Gold and a professional European Light-middleweight champion. Nevill never boxed as a pro and announced his retirement from amateur boxing just 3 months after the 1973 European Championships. Nevill Cole died aged 56, on the 30th March 2009 from suspected heart failure.

Billy Taylor

1972 Munich, 57Kgs (Featherweight)

Repton's William "Bill" Taylor was just 19 when he represented Britain at Featherweight in the 1972 Olympics. In his first contest Taylor won a 5-0 decision over Morocco's Lahcen Maghfour. In the second round Billy was outpointed 5-0 by East Germany's Jochen Bachfeld who would lose in the next round but win Gold at Welterweight in the following Games.

If Taylor turned pro then the most likely record to be his is a Billy Taylor who won 5 fights at Lightweight between 1973 and 1974 with three wins coming by knockout.

George Turpin

1972 Munich, 51Kgs (Flyweight), Bronze

After a first round bye, George Turpin beat Senegal's Pierre Amont N'Diaye, 5-0. He then beat Chinese Taipei's Wang Chee-Yen by the same score. In the Quarter-finals George won 4-1 against John Nderu from Kenya, before losing 3-2 in the Semis to Gold medal winner Orlando Martínez of Cuba.

George turned pro in 1973, winning the Central Area title in his fourth fight. He finished with a record of 11-3-2 (5 KOs).

Maurice O'Sullivan

1972 Munich, 51Kgs (Flyweight)

Maurice won his first Olympic bout 3-2, against Frenchman Rabah Khaloufi. In his next fight the referee stopped the contest in round 1 in the favour of Uganda's silver medallist Leo Rwabwogo.

Ralph Evans

1972 Munich, 48Kgs (Light-Flyweight), Bronze

Ralph beat Mexico's Salvador García, 4-1, and then Chile's Héctor Velásquez, 5-0. In the Quarter-finals he won 5-0 over Chanyalew Haile of Ethiopia, before losing the Semis 5-0 to Hungary's György Gedó.

Billy Wells
Billy Wells

Billy Wells

1968 Mexico City, 91Kgs (Heavyweight)

Lynn ABC's Billy Wells was the '68 games boxing captain but lost in his only Olympic contest to Jonas Cepulis of the Soviet Union when the referee stopped the contest in round 2. Cepulis went on to win the silver medal and Billy's son would win bronze in the 1984 olympics at the same weight.

Eric Blake

1968 Mexico City, 75Kgs

Eric beat Ethiopia's Bekele Alemu at 2.57 of round 1 when the referee stopped the contest, he then won 4-1 over Prince Amartey of Ghana, who would win the bronze medal in Munich. In the quarter-finals Blake lost to Cuba's Rolando Garbey with the referee stopping the contest in round 1.

He turned pro winning the Southern area middleweight title and finished with a 13-9 (7 KOs) record.

Christopher Finnegan

1968 Mexico City, 71Kgs, Gold

Chris Finnegan defeated Titus Simba of Tanzania, 5-0, in his first olympic bout before beating West Germany's Ewald Wichert, 3-2.

In the quater-finals Mate Parlov from Yugoslavia went down 5-0 to garauntee Chris a medal, before he defeated Alfred Jones of the United States, 4-1 in the semis and finally the Soviet Union's Aleksei Kiselyov 3-2 to secure Gold.

Chris then turned pro racking up a record of 29-7-1 (16 KOs). He lost to Tom Bogs for the European middleweight title, but won the light-heavy version against Conny Velensek. He also won the British and Commonwealth light-heavy titles against Eddie Avoth.

In his only world title challenge he lost to WBA & WBC champion Bob Foster in Ring magazine's Fight of the Year 1972. He lost his European title but retained the British and Commonwealth before losing an unification fight against John Conteh who had picked up the European. Chris lost to Johnny Frankham for his old British title after Conteh vacated, but avenged the defeat 4 months later to regain the title in what would be his last fight. Chris Finnegan died on the 2nd March 2009 of pneumonia.

Alan Tottoh

1968 Mexico City, 69Kgs

After a first round bye, Alan lost 3-2 to Evangelos Oikonomakos from Greece at Welterweight.

He turned pro, failing in a challenge for the Central Area welterweight title. He finished with a record of 10-8-3 (7 KOs).

John Stracey

1968 Mexico City, 64Kgs

John Stracey beat Canada's Marvin Arneson, 3-2, after a first round bye. He then lost 4-1 to Gold medal winner Ronnie Harris of the U.S.A.

John H. Stracey turned pro winning the British Welterweight title in 1973 knocking out Bobby Arthur in the fourth. He went on to win the European title against Roger Menetrey and the WBC World Championship against Jose Napoles by TKO in the sixth. He lost his WBC title to Carlos Palomino and finished with a record of 45-5-1 (37 KOs).

Terry Waller

1968 Mexico City, 60Kgs

A 5 time ABA champion at lightweight, light-welter and welter, Waller boxed in the 1967 European championships in Rome and reached the 1970 Commonwealth Games quarter-finals where he lost a disputed decision. In the 1968 Olympics Terry's first bout was against Cuba's Enrique Regueiferos, and he was stopped in the first round when he broke his leg while turning away from a punch (his body turned but his leg stayed still). Terry never turned pro.

Johnny Cheshire

1968 Mexico City, 57Kgs

1968 ABA champion for Repton, featherweight representative Johnny Cheshire lost his opening Olympic bout when the referee stopped the contest in round 2 of his fight with eventual silver medallist, Al Robinson from the U.S.A.

Johnny turned pro, losing in challenges for the Scottish and British Lightweight titles. Overall he compiled a record of 20-11-1 (9 KOs).

Mickey Carter

1968 Mexico City, 54Kgs

Michael "Mickey" Carter from Fisher ABC got a first round bye, before beating Jouko Lindburgh from Finland 5-0. In his next bout he lost, referee stopped contest round 1, to the Soviet Union's Valerian Sergeyevich Sokolov who went on to win Gold.

John McGonigle

1968 Mexico City, 51Kgs

Britain's Flyweight representative, the army's Johnny McGonigle, lost 4-1 in his first bout to Japan's Tetsuaki Nakamura.

Willie Stack

1964 Tokyo, 75Kgs

After a first round bye Willie Stack from Leamington Boys ABC, lost to Germany's Emil Schulz when the referee stopped the contest at 0.46 of round 2. Schlz went on to win Silver.

Bill Robinson

1964 Tokyo, 71Kgs

Light-middleweight Bill Robinson received a first round bye before being stopped at 1.59 of round 1 by Nojim Maiyegun of Nigeria. Robinson had previously won Silver at the European Championships.

Turning pro Bill compiled a 10-3 (10 KOs) record. He never fought for any titles but did take part in an open middleweight tournament, losing in the first series to future British champ Johnny Cooke.

Mick Varley

1964 Tokyo, 69Kgs

Mick Varley of Clifton ABC won 3-2 against South Korea's Lee Hong-Man and then triumphed by the same score against Felipe Pereyra of Argentina to reach the quarter-finals. In the Quarters Mick lost to Italian Silvano Bertini when the referee stopped the contest at 0.56 of the second round.

Dick McTaggart

1964 Tokyo, 64Kgs

This was Dick McTaggart's final Olympics. He fought at light-welter having already picked up 2 medals at lightweight in the last two Games. This time however he returned home empty handed.

He started well with a 5-0 decision over Julian Rossi from Australia, but lost to Poland's eventual Gold medal winner Jerzy Kulej, 4-1.

Dick never turned pro but remains Britain's only boxer to compete in 3 Olympic Games, and only winner of the Val Barker Trophy for Best Stylist. He is also the only Scottish boxer to win the triple of Gold at European, Commonwealth and Olympic Games. When he retired from fighting Dick turned to coaching and was Scotland's national coach at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

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Jimmy Dunne

1964 Tokyo, 60Kgs

Jimmy Dunne beat Cuban Bienvenido Hita Castillo, 4-1, after receiving a bye in the first round. In his next fight he lost, 4-1 to Rodolfo Arpon of the Philippines.

He briefly turned pro at Light-welterweight, compiling a 3-1-1 (3 KOs) record between 1965 & 1966. His nephew Colin Dunne won the WBU World title at Lightweight. Jimmy died March 2002.

Ronnie Smith

1964 Tokyo, 57Kgs

19 year old Ronnie Smith from Fisher ABC, lost in his first Olympic contest, when the referee halted his contest against Tin Tun from Myanmur at 1.02 of round 1.

Ron turned pro, never fighting for a title in chalking up a record of 9-1 (3 KOs).

Brian Packer

1964 Tokyo, 54Kgs

Britain's Bantamweight for the Tokyo games, Brian Packer lost his first contest 4-1, to Japan's Takao Sakurai who went on to claim Gold.

Brian turned pro March the following year. He won the Southern Area bantamweight title in 1967 when Carl Taylor was disqualified for head butting. He finished with a record of 14-1 (6 KOs).

John McCluskey
John McCluskey

John McCluskey

1964 Tokyo, 51Kgs

ABA flyweight champion in both 1963 and '64, in his first Olympic contest John beat Thailand's Veerapan Komolsen 4-1. In his next bout he lost to Bronze medal winner Stanislav Sorokin of the Soviet Union, referee stopping the contest at 1.53 of round 2.

John turned pro and won the vacant British Flyweight title in 1967. He lost in challenges for both the European Flyweight and Bantamweight championships before winning the Commonwealth Flyweight title. He retired with a final record of 23-15 (10 KOs) and still holding his British title. John was inducted into the Scots Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dave Thomas

1960 Rome, 91Kgs

After a first round bye, Polytechnic ABC's Dave Thomas faced Czechoslovakia's Josef Nemec, losing 3-2. Josef Nemec went on to win Bronze, in this his second of three Olympic Games.

Johnny Ould

1960 Rome, 81Kgs

Light-Heavyweight Johnny Ould lost 4-1 to Bulgaria's Petar Spasov in his first Olympic bout.

He turned pro marking up a 10-11-2 (6 KOs) 1 No Contest record. This included a loss and a draw for the Southern Area Light-heavy title.

Roy Addison

1960 Rome, 75Kgs

The reigning ABA Middleweight champion fighting for the Royal Air Force, Roy Addison received a bye in the first round of the Rome Olympics, before losing a 3-1-1 decision to Hans Büchi of Switzerland.

Bobby Kelsey

1960 Rome, 71Kgs

Kelsey got a first round bye before defeating Iran's Vazik Ghazavian, 2-1-2. Bobby then lost 4-0-1 to Quincey Daniels of the U.S.A.

Turning pro, Bobby ran up a record of 10-7-3 (5 KOs) with no title fights.

William Fisher

1960 Rome, 67Kgs, Bronze

The 1960 ABA champion a weight up at 71 Kgs, Willie Fisher won his first Olympic bout, beating Norway's Roy Askevold 5-0. He then knocked out Bas vans Duivenbode of the Netherlands in the second round. In the quarter-finals he won 4-1 over Henryk Dampc from Poland but lost the Semis to Italian Carmello Bossi, 3-1-1.

Willie turned professional but never fought for a title, finishing with a 21-12 (9 KOs) record.

James Lloyd

1960 Rome, 63.5Kgs, Bronze

After a first round bye James "Jim" Lloyd knocked out Sudan's Mohamed Faragalla at 2.23 of the 2nd round. Then came another 2nd round KO over Romanian Vasile Neagu. In the quarter-finals James beat Phil Baldwin of the U.S.A, 3-1-1, before losing to Italian Giovanni "Nino" Benvenuti, 5-0 in the Semis.

He turned pro as Jimmy Lloyd, winning the Southern Area middleweight title and chalking up a record of 10-7-3 (4 KOs).

Phil Lundgren

1960 Rome, 57Kgs

In his first contest Phil won 5-0 over Sayed Abdel Gadir of the Sudan. However in the next round he lost to Finland's Jorma Limmonen, 3-1-1.

Turning pro Phil won the Southern Area Featherweight & Lightweight titles. He also challenged for the Central Area Lightweight title, points loss to Vic Andreetti, and lost an eliminator for the British Featherweight title. Phil finished boxing with a record of 19-13-2 (8 KOs).

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Dick McTaggart

1960 Rome, 54Kgs, Bronze

In this, his middle olympic games, Dick won a bronze medal. After a bye in the first round Dick won 5-0 against Thailand's Bhodie Sooknoi and Ghana's Eddie Blay by the same score. In the quater-finals he beat Ferenc Kellner of Hungary to secure a medal, before losing the semis 3-2 to Kazimierz Pazdzior from Poland and having to settle for bronze. He would compete in the Olympics one last time, four years later in Tokyo.

Frankie Taylor

1960 Rome, 51Kgs

After a first round bye, Frank (birth name Francis) knocked out Finland's Paavo Roininen in the first round. In his next contest he lost, 3-2, to Oleg Grigoryev of the Soviet Union.

Frankie turned pro but never fought for a title despite winning two eliminators for the British Featherweight title. His overall record was 27-3-1 (22 KOs).

Danny Lee

1960 Rome, 48Kgs

Scotland's Danny Lee won his first Olympic contest, 5-0 against Wahyu Wahmana of Indonesia. He then lost to German Manfred Homberg, 4-1.

Danny turned pro, winning the Vacant Scottish Flyweight title against Johnny Mallon. His final record was 12-7-1 (6 KOs).

Ron Redrup

1956 Melbourne, 75Kgs

Ron lost to German Dieter Wermhoner in his first Olympic bout. He turned pro at Light-Heavyweight, losing a Southern Area title challenge to Eddie Wright in 1958. In 1963 he lost to Chic Calderwood for the British and Commonwealth Light-Heavy titles. He finished with a record of 23-25-5 (12 KOs).

John McCormack

1956 Melbourne, 67Kgs, Bronze

John McCormack won Light-Middleweight Bronze by winning a points decision over South Africa's Alexander Webster and then knocking out Ulrich Kienast from West Germany in the third. He lost the Semi-final to Josse Torres of the U.S.A.

"Cowboy" John McCormack turned pro in 1957. He won the Scottish Middleweight title against Len Mullen in 1958, and the British and Commonwealth titles in 1959, when champion Terry Downes was disqualified in the eigth. McCormack lost his titles in an immediate rematch with Downes 2 months later.

John won the Vacant European middleweight title against Harko Kokmeijer, and defended it against German Heinz Freytag in Germany. He lost the title in Copenhagen, Denmark to Christian Christensen on 4th round disqualification (he was ahead on points at the time, but punched his oponent while the referee was giving him a count). He moved up to Light-Heavyweight and his last fight was a loss to namesake "Young" John McCormack. His final record was 38-7 (18 KOs).

Nicholas Gargano

1956 Melbourne, 63.5Kgs, Bronze

Triple ABA Welterweight champion (1954, '55 & '56) Nick Gargano had won the Commonwealth Games Gold medal at Welter in 1954. He added Olympic Bronze to his collection in Melbourne. His first fight was a points win over the Soviet Union's Eduard Borysov, this was followed by victory over Francisco Gelabert of Argentina. He lost on points to Romanian Nicolae Linca who won the Gold medal.

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Dick McTaggart

1956 Melbourne, 57Kgs, Gold

In the first of three Olympic Games, Dick McTaggert won gold. After a first round bye Dick defeated Chandresena Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka on points to gain a quater-finals fight with Frenchman Andre Vairolatto whom he also beat on points. Guaranteed a medal Dick went on to beat Anatoly Lageto of the Soviet Union in the Semis and Germany's Harry Kurschat in the final to win Gold and the Val Barker Trophy for Best Boxer in the tournament with it.

McTaggart went on to compete in two more Games, winning a Bronze in Rome, and remains the only British boxer to win the Val Barker Trophy.

Dick McTaggart Tribute

Tribute to Dick McTaggart's boxing achievements including the 1956 Melbourne Olympic final.

Thomas Nicholls
Thomas Nicholls

Thomas Nicholls

1956 Melbourne, 54Kgs, Silver

Tom Nicholls was competing in his second Olympic Games, this time at Featherweight, the division in which he had won the European championships a year earlier. After a first round bye Tom beat Australian Noel Hazard on points and then Shinetsu Suzuki of Japan. In the Semi-finals Nicholls got revenge over former conqueror Pentti Hämäläinen from Finland, before losing to the Soviet Union's Vladimir Safronov.

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Terence Spinks

1956 Melbourne, 51Kgs, Gold

Terry Spinks was another of Britain's 1956 Golden boys, winning five fights to take Gold (all on points). First to be defeated was Samuel Harris of Pakistan then it was Argentina's Abel Laudonio. In the Quater-finals it was the turn of Vladimir Stolnikov of the Soviet Union to succumb, before France's René Libeer was beaten in the Semis.

In the final Terry defeated Romanian Mircea Dobrescu, to claim his Gold.

After the Olympics Terry turned pro and won the British featherweight title on 27th September 1960 when Bobby Neill was stopped on cuts in the seventh round. Terry retained the title in a rematch 2 months later with a 14th round KO but lost the title to Welsh legend Howard Winstone in his next defence in May 1961. Terry retired with a record of 41-7-1 (13 KOs) he passed away on the 26th of April 2012, aged 74.

Owen Reilly

1956 Melbourne, 48Kgs

Bantamweight Owen Reilly received a first round bye before defeating Daniel Hellebuyck of Belgium on points. He lost in his next fight to eventual Gold medal winner German Wolfgang Behrendt.

Owen turned pro, chalking up a 10-4-1 (6 KOs) record. This included a loss in his only title challenge to Chic Brogan in 1958 for the Vacant Scottish Featherweight title.

Eddie Hearn

1952 Helsinki, 91Kgs

The 1952 ABA heavyweight champion for Battersea ABC, Eddie Hearn won his first olympic contest with a 2-1 decision over Argentina's Jose Victorio Sartor. He then received a 2nd round bye before losing to Ilkka Koski of Finland 0-3. Eddie then turned pro, compiling a 14-7 (3 KOs) record.

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Henry Cooper

1952 Helsinki, 81Kgs

Henry Cooper was 18 when he competed in the Helsinki Olympics at Light-Heavyweight for Great Britain. After a first round bye he fought the USSR's Anatoly Perov, losing by 2-1 decision. Perov went on to win bronze.

Turning pro Henry became one of the most popular British heavyweights of all time. A triple Lonsdale belt winner, British Empire (Commonwealth) and European heavyweight champion, Cooper fought Muhammad Ali twice. The first time he knocked Ali (at the time still using his birth name of Cassius Clay) down in the fourth, but it was too late in the round to take advantage and Clay recovered between rounds. The fight was stopped in the fifth round due to the extent of Cooper's cuts. The second fight, for the World title, was also stopped on cuts, this time in the sixth. Henry Cooper finished with a pro record of 40-14-1 (27 KOs) and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.

Henry Cooper - Autobiography

Terry Gooding

1952 Helsinki, 75Kgs

Soldier Terry Gooding fought at middleweight in the 1952 Olympics. He beat Egyptian Mustafa Fahim 2-1 in his first bout, before losing to Boris Nikolov of Bulgaria by the same margin.

He fought as a pro between 1954 & 1956 winning 12 straight before losing a TKO6 on a cut eye, to Ken Rowlands for the vacant Welsh title. He fought once more, a disqualification loss to Arthur Howard, before retiring.

Bernard Foster

1952 Helsinki, 73Kgs

Britain's Light-middleweight representative in Helsinki was 20 year old Bernard Foster who lost in his first bout to Bulgaria's Petar Spasov, 2-1. Spasov reached the Quarter-finals where he lost to triple Gold medal winner László Papp.

Johnny Maloney

1952 Helsinki, 67Kgs

John Patrick Malone competed at Welterweight in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Johnny who was in the RAF lost his first bout to Czechoslovakia's Július Torma, a Gold medal winner four years previously.

Peter Waterman

1952 Helsinki, 64Kgs

Lightweight Peter Waterman won 2-1 over Argentina's Oscar Juan Galardo before losing to South African Alexander Grant Webster, 3-0.

He turned pro compiling a 41-3-2 (33 KOs) record, including a controversial win over Kid Galivan. Peter won both the British and European Welterweight titles.

Freddie Reardon

1952 Helsinki, 60Kgs

Freddie Reardon's first bout was a 3rd round KO of Roger Cuche of Switzerland. He then defeated the Soviet Union's Aleksandr Zasuhin 3-0 before losing to Poland's Aleksy Antkiewicz by the same score.

Freddie turned pro and won his first nine before losing to Charlie Tucker. He improved this result to a draw in a rematch two fights later, but never gained another win. He retired after a TKO loss to future British featherweight champion Bobby Neill finishing with a 9-4-1 (1 KO) record.

Percy Lewis

1952 Helsinki, 57Kgs

Percy Lewis, the featherweight representative, lost his opening bout to Romanian Georghe Ilie on a 3-0 decision.

He turned pro in 1953 compiling a record of 19-10-1 (8 KOs). He lost a challenge for the British Empire (Commonwealth) Featherweight title against Hogan 'Kid' Bassey but when Bassey vacated Percy won the vacant title against Charlie Hill. After a successful defence Percy won a 12 round points decision over Gracieux Lamperti in a final eliminator for a world title shot but lost a 10 round rematch in France before he could get his chance at the world crown.

Percy lost his Empire title to Floyd Robertson on a 15 round points decision after having beaten him over 10 rounds in his previous fight.

Tommy Nicholls
Tommy Nicholls

Tommy Nicholls

1952 Helsinki, 54Kgs

In his first Olympic Games Tommy Nicholls competed at Bantamweight and after a first round bye he lost, 3-0, to Finland's Pentti Hämäläinen. Tommy went on to compete in the 1956 Melbourne games where he won Silver a weight higher at Feather.

"Photo of Tommy Nicholls," in The People's Record, Item #2892,

Dai Dower

1952 Helsinki, 48Kgs

Welsh Flyweight Dai Dower beat Frenchman Abdelamid Boutefnouchet, 3-0, followed by Leslie Donovan Perera Handunge from Cecylon by the same score. In the Quarter-finals dai lost to the Soviet Union's Anatoly Bulakov, 2-1.

As a professional Dai won the British, Commonwealth and European Flyweight titles. He also challenged Argentinian Pascual Perez for the World Flyweight title in Buenos Aires in 1957, being knocked out in the first round. Dai's final record was 34-3 (12 KOs).

Jack Gardner

1948 London, 91Kgs

Jack Gardner competed at heavyweight in the 1948 Olympics, knocking out Karl Ameisbichler of Austria in the second round. He then lost to Switzerland's Hans Mueller on points.

Jack Gardner compiled a pro record of 28-6 (23 KOs) and won the British, Empire (Commonwealth) & European heavyweight titles.

John Wright

1948 London, 75Kgs, Silver

At the age of 19 Royal Navy man Johnny Wright won 4 out of 5 Olympic fights to claim Silver. First up was Switzerland's Hermann Schneider who lost on points. Then came a referee stopped contest round 2 against Hector García of Argentinia, followed by a Quarter-finals win over the Netherland's Jan Schubart. In the Semis John beat Irishman Michael McKeon before losing the final to Hungary's Laszlo Papp who went on to become the first man to win 3 connsecutive Olympic Gold medals.

Johnny fought as a pro at middleweight between 1951-53 and compiled a 10-2-1 (7 KOs) record, never fighting for a title.

(Picture John knocked down by Laszlo Papp)

Donald Scott

1948 London, 73Kgs, Silver

Don Scott had a first round bye before defeating Hungary's György Kapocsi, referee stopped contest round 2. Next was a decision over Italian Giacomo Di Segni, followed by a win over Australian Adrian Holmes. In the final Scott lost a decision to George Hunter of South Africa.

As a pro Don Scott fought at Heavy and Light-Heavy between 1950-53 finishing with a 16-6 (14 KOs) record and winning the Midlands Area Light-Heavy title.

Max Shacklady
Max Shacklady

Max Shacklady

1948 London, 69Kgs

Max Shacklady fought at Welterweight in the London 1948 Olympics. His first bout was a third round knock out win over Christian Kristensen of Denmark which was followed by a decision loss to Spain's Antonio Díaz. Max's son Anthony Shacklady was an Olympic wrestler who competed in 3 Games, 1968, '72 & '76.

Ron Cooper

1948 London, 60Kgs

1947 ABA Lightweight champion Ronald Dennis Cooper fought in the 1948 Olympics and won his first bout with a decision over Jan Remie of the Netherlands. His second bout wasn't quite as successful, losing a decision to Irishman Maxie McCullagh.

Ron chalked up a 15-4-4 (5 KOs) record as a pro, never fighting for a title.

Peter Brander
Peter Brander

Peter Brander

1948 London, 57Kgs

A four time ABA champion, at bantamweight in 1945, and at featherweight in '46, '48, and '50, Peter Brander lost his only Olympic contest to Frenchman Mohamed Ammi at featherweight.

Tommy Proffitt

1948 London, 54Kgs

Tommy Proffitt went out in the first round of the Olympics, losing a decision to Mexico's Edel Ojeda at Bantamweight.

Although he won eliminators for both the North Central Area and British Bantamweight titles, Proffitt never fought for any kind of title in compiling a 34-12-1 (18 KOs) record. He lost his last four fights.

Henry Carpenter

1948 London, 51Kgs

The 1948 ABA flyweight champion, in the olympics Henry received a first round bye before losing a decision to Alex Bollaert of Belgium.

As a pro Henry Carpenter fought as a Flyweight, clocking up a 34-11-4 (19 KOs) record. He never fought for a title.

1940 and 1944

The 1940 Olympic Games were originally going to be hosted by Tokyo, Japan. However the games were first moved to Finland after the IOC stripped host status from Japan in 1938 in retaliation to the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, and then canceled all together following the outbreak of World War Two. London had won the bids to host the 1944 Olympics, but these too were postponed as the war was ongoing. London were then allowed to host the first Games after the war had finished.

Anthony V. Stuart

1936 Berlin, 91Kgs

Vincent Anthony Stuart, who switched his first and middle names around, won a decision over Albert van Bemmel of the Netherlands before beating Italian Secondo De Marchi. In the heavyweight Quarter-finals he lost to German Gold medallist Herbert Runge.

Tom Griffin

1936 Berlin, 81Kgs

After a first round bye Tom beat Uruguay's Antonio Adipe. He then lost the decision in the Quarter-finals against Francisco Resiglione of Argentinia.

Richard Shrimpton

1936 Berlin, 75Kgs

In his first Olympic bout Middleweight Richard Shrimpton knocked out China's Chin Kuaiti in the first round. He then lost to Norwegian Henry Tiller on decision.

Walter Pack

1936 Berlin, 69Kgs

21 year old Walter Pack received a first round bye before losing to German Michael Murach by decision. Murach went on to win Silver.

A Wally Pack fought pro in the late 1930s at middleweight. According to he had around 10 bouts. It isn't certain if Wally and Walter are the same boxer but he is the most likely pro fighter to be Walter.

Freddie Simpson

1936 Berlin, 60Kgs

28 year old Freddie Simpson from Battersea ABC lost his only Olympic contest to Andy Scrivani of the USA on a decision. He fought as a pro between 1939-47 as a lightweight. Freddie never fought for a title in compiling a 14-9 (5 KOs) record.

Jack Treadaway

1936 Berlin, 57kgs

In his first bout Treadaway won a decision over Giuseppe Farfanelli of Italy. He then beat Uruguay's Arquímedes Arrieta, before losing in the Quarter-finals to German Josef Miner.

Jack turned pro with 11 bouts in the 1930s and 40's (according to

Alf Barnes

1936 Berlin, 54Kgs

Alf Barnes won a decision over Czechoslovakia's Frantisek Dolezal before losing to Mexico's Fidel Ortíz.

Alf Russell

1936 Berlin, 51 Kgs

Alf Russell lost his only Olympic contest to Norwegian Asbjørn Berg-Hansen.

Dave McCleave
Dave McCleave

Dave McCleave

1932 Los Angeles, 67 Kgs

Dave McCleave had a single pro fight in 1925 losing on points to Nipper Pat Dally over six rounds. However he decided not to continue his pro career and stayed amateur, winning the 1931 ABA Lightweight championship and in 1932 and 1934 was the ABA Welterweight championship.

He competed in the 1932 Olympic games at Welterweight winning his first contest when Mexico's Al Romero was disqualified. He then won a decision over Frenchman Lucien Laplace before losing to Eddie Flynn of the U.S.A.

Dave resumed his pro career in November 1934. He won the Southern Area and vacant British Welterweight titles, before moving up to Middleweight where he won the vacant Southern Area title. His last fight was a 6th round KO win over Trevor Burt in 1945 allowing him to finish with a 51-23-1 (15 KOs) record.

Harry Mizler

1932 Los Angeles, 57 Kgs

Harry Mizler was ABA Bantamweight champion and won Gold at the first British Empire Games (Now Commonwealth) in 1930. He then competed for Britain at the 1932 Olympics at Lightweight, losing his only contest to the Bronze medallist Nat Bor.

Harry turned pro in 1933 and compiled a 61-16-2 (20 KOs) record by the time he retired in 1943 including winning the Southern Area and British Lightweight titles.

Tommy Pardoe

1932 Los Angeles, 51 Kgs

Tommy Pardoe won 5 consecutive ABA Flyweight titles between 1929-33 and won Bronze at Flyweight in the 1932 Olympic games, beating Japan's Kiyonobu Murakami in the Quaterfinals before losing in the Semis to Mexico's Francisco Cabañas.

Tommy turned pro beating Bert Kirby in his pro debut and again in a rematch 3 months later for the Southern Area Flyweight title. However he lost his next seven including an eliminator for the British title, and hung up his gloves with a 2-7 (0 KOs) record.

Joe Goyder

1928 Amsterdam, 91Kgs

Joe Goyder lost his first Olympic contest against the Netherlands Sam Olij.

Alf Jackson

1928 Amsterdam, 81Kgs

Alf Jackson won his first bout against New Zealand's Alf Cleverly but lost his quater-final against Karel Miljon of the Netherlands.

Harold Dunn

1928 Amsterdam, 67Kgs

After a first round bye, Harry Dunn lost a decision to Romano Caneva of Italy.

Fred Webster

1928 Amsterdam, 60Kgs

Fred Webster lost to Dave Baan of the Netherlands in round two after getting a bye in the first round. He went pro and compiled a 22-11-2 (4 KOs) record, including winning the British Lightweight title on a 15 round points decision over Sam Stewert in his fourth fight and losing a shot for the Lightweight Empire (Commonwealth) title against Al Foreman.

Fred Perry

1928 Amsterdam, 57 Kgs

After a first roung bye in the Amsterdam Olympics, Fred Perry beat Hungary's Miklós Gelbai in the second round before losing to Bep Van Klaveren from the Netherlands in the quater-finals.

John Garland

1928 Amsterdam, 54 Kgs

John "Jack" Garland beat Frenchman Ernest Mignard before losing to eventual gold medal winner Vittorio Tamagnini of Italy in the quater-finals.

John turned pro under the name Jack Garland. He lost an eliminator for the British Featherweight title but won the Irish Featherweight title. He lost a bid for the vacant Irish Lightweight crown and finished with a record of 27-32-5 (4 KOs).

Cuthbert Taylor

1928 Amsterdam, 51 Kgs

Born John Street, Cuthbert Taylor was the 1928 ABA flyweight champion. In the olympics he won a decision over Juan Trillo of Argentina before losing to Frenchman Armand Apell.

He turned pro and won the Welsh Bantam title though lost in three later Welsh title fights. Cuthbert fought as high as Welterweight and according to he amassed a 53-46-7 (5 KOs) record.

Con O'Kelly

1924 Paris, 91 Kgs

George Cornelius O'Kelly Jr. or "Con" O'Kelly as he was simply known, lost in his first Olympic contest to Italy's Riccardo Bertazzalo.

Con O'Kelly turned pro and accumulated a record of 51-16-7 (30 KOs) although several of these results were newspaper decisions as he fought in America during the period when the "Frawley Law" forbade official points decisions. After a series of losses in America O'Kelly returned to Britain and won the vacant Northern Area Heavyweight title.

Arthur Clifton

1924 Paris, 91 Kgs

Heavyweight Arthur Clifton beat the U.S.A's Eddie Eagan but lost to Søren Petersen of Denmark on a walkover.

Harry Mitchell

1924 Paris, 72 Kgs, Gold

In the first bout Karel Miljon of the Netherlands was disqualified in the third round. Harry then won a decision over Robert Foquet of France before scoring a first round knockout over another Frenchman Georges Rossignon to get among the medals. In the Semis he got a decision over Italian Carlo Saraudi and a win over Denmark's Thyge Petersen resulted in Harry's gold medal.

John Courtis

1924 Paris, 72 Kgs

In his first Olympic bout John Courtis scored a third round knock out of Luxembourg's Michael Maurer before losing to eventual Bronze medalist Carlo Saraudi who would lose to John's fellow British olympian Harry Mitchell.

Johnny Basham

1924 Paris, 69 Kgs

Joseph "Johnny" Basham lost a decision to Ireland's Patrick Dwyer in his opening Olympic contest.

Harry Mallin

1924 Paris, 66 Kgs, Gold

Harry Mallin bacame the first boxer to successfully defend an Olympic Gold medal. In the first round he beat Norway's Trygve Stokstad then in his second bout Erich Siebert of Switzerland retired after the second round. In the quater-finals Mallin appeared to win comfortably against the home fighter, Frenchman Roger Brousse who got the decision. However Swedish officials lodged an official complaint on Harry's behalf about Brousse biting (apparently teeth marks could be seen on Mallin's body). Brousse was eventually disqualified and Harry Mallin took on Belgian Joseph Beecen in the Semis, winning by decision. In the final Harry took on fellow Brit John Elliott beating him for his second Olympic Gold in his last fight.

Harry allegedly had over 300 amateur bouts and supposedly won them all. As well as his 2 Olympic Golds he won 5 ABA titles. He managed the British team for the 1936 Berlin and 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

John Elliott

1924 Paris, 66 Kgs, Silver

After a first round bye, John Elliott scored a first round knockout of Georges Givel of Switzerland. In both the quarter and semi finals Elliott got decisions over Canadian opponents, first Harry Henning and then Leslie Black. In the final however he lost to fellow Brit Harry Mallin.

George Shorter

1924 Paris, 61 Kgs

George Richard Shorter lost in his first olympic fight to Fred Boylstein of the USA after getting a bye in the first round of the lightweight competition.

Ted White

1924 Paris, 61 Kgs

In the Middleweight class of the Paris Olympics Ted suffered a knock out in the third round of his first contest at the hands of Denmark's Martin Olsen

Harry Dingley

1924 Paris, 57 Kgs

After a first round bye in the Featherweight class, Harry defeated Belgium's Karel Tuns before losing to another Belgian Jean Devergnies, in the quater-finals.

Arthur Beavis

1924 Paris, 57 Kgs

In the Featherweight division, Arthur Beavis scored a third round knock out of Luxembourg's Jean Flammang before losing a quater-final decision to Pedro Quartucci of Argentina.

Les Tarrant

1924 Paris, 54 Kgs

In his only Olympic bout Leslie "Les" Tarrant lost to Salvatore "Al" Tripoli of the USA at Bantamweight.

He turned pro chalking up a 2-7-1 (0 KOs) record at flyweight.

Alfred Barber

1924 Paris, 54 Kgs

After a first round bye Alf beat Arij Smit of the Netherlands, before losing to Fenchman Jean Ces.

Alf turned pro chalking up a 6-6 (1 KO) record including a 14th round KO loss to Johnny Hill for the Vacant British Flyweight title.

James McKenzie

1924 Paris, 50Kgs, Silver

After a bye in the first round, James scored a third round knockout of Leo Turksma from the Netherlands. He followed this with decision wins over Canada's John MacGregor and the USA's Ray Fee in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. However in the final he lost to another American Fidel LaBarba and had to settle for Flyweight silver.

He turned pro and culminated a 2-9-1 (1 KO) record.

Eddie Warwick

1924 Paris, 50 Kgs

Ernest "Eddie" Warwick also competed at Flyweight in the 1924 Paris games and lost in his first bout after drawing the American and eventual Gold medal winner Fidel LaBarba.

Ronald Rawson

1920 Antwerp, Heavyweight, Gold

In World War 1 Ron Rawson had served with the Royal Engineers and won the Military Cross with two bars. After the war he joined Polytechnic BC and won the ABA title three months later, within seven months he was competing in the Olympics. His first fight was the quater-finals and the referee stopped the contest in round 3 to save Samuel Stewert of the USA. In the Semis the referee jumped in even quicker to save Frenchman Xavier Eluère in round one. Ron won the final by knocking out Denmark's Søren Peter Petersen in round 2.

Ron won a second ABA title in 1921 and retired undefeated little over a year after he started competitive boxing. Of his 28 fights only one of them lasted the distance, that was against Harold Franks, 1920 ABA Light-Heavyweight champion. Ron died on the 30th March 1952, aged 59.

Frank Dove

1920 Antwerp, Heavyweight

Frank Sidney Dove lost in his first bout of the Olympic Heavyweight tournament when the referee halted the bout in the third round against Søren Peter Petersen of Denmark. The bout was also a quater-final with Frank having got through the first round on a bye. He died on the 10th February 1957

Harold Franks

1920 Antwerp, Light-heavyweight, Bronze

Harold Franks beat Louis Piochelle of France in the Light-Heavy quater-finals before losing to the USA's Eddie Eagan in the semis, ending up with a bronze medal.

Hugh Brown

1920 Antwerp, Light-heavyweight

Following a first round bye, Hugh Brown won a decision over Denmark's Emil Andreasen before losing his second bout against Sverre Sørsdal of Norway.

Harry Mallin

1920 Antwerp, Middleweight, Gold

Harry Mallin's first Olympic middleweight campaign started by defeating the US Army's Lt. Joseph Cranston. In the quaterfinals he fought another American Samuel Lagonia who was disqualified in round 2 for persistent holding. In the Semis Mallin faced Moe Herscovitch and in the final Art Prud'homme, both Canadians were beaten on points and Harry claimed his Gold.

He went on to compete in the next Olympics in Paris and became the first boxer to defend an Olympic Gold.

Edward White

1920 Antwerp, Middleweight

In the Middleweight class of 1920, Edward "Ted" White suffered a knock out in the third round of his first contest at the hands of Denmark's Martin Olsen.

Alexander Ireland

1920 Antwerp, Welterweight, Silver

After a first round bye, Alex won a decision over Switzerlan's Willy Reichenbach followed by one over August Suhr of Denmark. In the semis he beat William Clark of the USA before losing the final to Bert Schneider from Canada, resulting in a Silver medal. He died in January 1966.

Frederick Whitbread

1920 Antwerp, Welterweight

After receiving a bye in the first round, Fred Whitbread was knocked out in the 3rd round by Frenchman Pierre Léon Gillet in his only Olympic contest.

Fred Grace
Fred Grace

Fred Grace

1920 Antwerp, Lightweight

Fred Grace had already won an Olympic Gold in 1908. By 1920 he was 36 years old but still beat Herman Nak of the Netherlands before losing to the USA's eventual Gold medal winner Sammy Mosberg. He died on the 23rd July 1964, aged 80.

James Gillmore

1920 Antwerp, Lightweight

James Gilmore lost in his opening olympic bout to Norway's Johan Sæterhaug.

James Cater

1920 Antwerp, Featherweight

James Cater competed at featherweight in the 1920 Olympics. He won his first contest against Denmark's Hans Nielsen, before losing to Edoardo Garzena of Italy. He died on April 17 1947.

Fred Adams

1920 Antwerp, Featherweight

Frederick Adams got through the first round of the competition on a bye, before losing a decision against Paul Erdal of Norway.

George McKenzie

1920 Antwerp, Bantamweight, Bronze

After a bye in the first round, George McKenzie beat John Koss of Norway in the Bantam quaterfinals, before losing to Clarence Walker of South Africa in the semis. It is unclear but it seems he had a box off against Belgium's Henri Hébrants to determine third and fourth position, which George won to claim the Bronze. George turned professional in 1922 and won the British Featherweight title. He died on April 5th 1941, aged 40.

Dan Bowling

1920 Antwerp, Bantamweight

Limehouse ABC's Daniel Bowling lost his opening Olympic contest to American Edward Hartman on a points decision.

William Cuthbertson

1920 Antwerp, Flyweight, Bronze

In the first round of the Flyweight tournament William Cuthbertson beat Einer Jensen of Denmark, he then beat the Netherland's Ted Zegwaard in the quater-finals. In the semis William lost to Denmark's Anders Pederson, having to go into a box off for third and fourth place against Frenchman Charles Albert, which he won to take the Bronze.

Frederic Virtue

1920 Antwerp, Flyweight

Frederic Virtue lost a decision to Ted Zedgwaard of the Netherlands in the first round of the Flyweight class. He died in October 1985.

1912 and 1916

There was no boxing event at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics because the sport was illegal in the host nation of Sweden. Meanwhile the 1916 Olympics were scheduled to be held in Berlin, but were cancelled due to the First World War.

1908 London Olympics

Albert Oldham, Heavyweight, Gold

Sid Evans, Heavyweight, Silver

Frank Parks, Heavyweight, Bronze

Ian Myrams, Heavyweight

Albert Ireton, Heavyweight

Harold Brewer, Heavyweight

John Douglas, Middleweight, Gold

William Philo, Middleweight, Bronze

Rube Warnes, Middleweight

William H. Childs, Middleweight

William Dees, Middleweight

Arthur Murdoch, Middleweight

Fred Grace, Lightweight, Gold

Fred Spiller, Lightweight, Silver

Harry Johnson, Lightweight, Bronze

Matt Wells, Lightweight

Harold Holmes, Lightweight

George Jessup, Lightweight

Frank Osbourne, Lightweight

Edward Fearman, Lightweight

Patrick Fee, Lightweight

Richard Gunn, Featherweight, Gold (Oldest boxing gold medalist at 37 years 254 days)

Charles "Charley" Morris, Featherweight, Silver

Hugh Roddin, Featherweight, Bronze

Thomas Ringer, Featherweight

John Lloyd, Featherweight

Edward Adams, Featherweight

Harry Thomas, Bantamweight, Gold

John Condon, Bantamweight, Silver

William Webb, Bantamweight, Bronze

Frank McGurk, Bantamweight

Henry Perry, Bantamweight

Best Olympian

Well now you know who they are, who do you think is the best British boxing Olympian?


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