Germany won half of the gold medals in the 1927 European Boxing Championships

13 May 2020 News

The second edition of the European Boxing Championships was held in Berlin, Germany from May 16 to 20 in 1927. Germany won half of the gold medals in the 1927 European Boxing Championships in their capital. Several of the silver and bronze medallists from 1925 changed their previous result to gold in 1927.

The number of the boxers was 50 in the 2nd European Boxing Championships in Berlin, slightly higher than in the first edition. The following 13 nations attended in the second edition of the European Boxing Championships in Berlin: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden.

Host Germany attended in the 1927 European Boxing Championships with maximum number of eight boxers in Berlin. Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Italy, and Latvia have done their debuts in the European Boxing Championships. All of the countries could send one boxer in each weight class to the 1927 European Boxing Championships.

Germany won half of the titles in the event and ranked No.1 in the medal standings with four gold medals in Berlin. Sweden earned two gold medals while Italy and Norway both acquired one title in the 1927 edition. Nine nations shared the medals in the second edition of the European Boxing Championships. Following to Germany, Sweden, Norway and Italy, the Hungarians, the Danish, the Belgian, the Dutch and the Austrian teams also achieved at least one bronze medal.

Sweden achieved three gold medals in the historical first edition in 1925 and the Northern European country continued their winning path in Berlin as well. The first title in 1927 was achieved by Lennart Bohman of Sweden who defeated a promising Hungarian youngster Antal Kocsis in the final of the flyweight. The Hungarian boxer became his nation’s first Olympic Champion in Amsterdam one year later.

Germany’s best boxer in the 1920’s was a Cologne-based talent Franz Dübbers who won his first national title in 1924 at the age of 16 and claimed silver at the 1925 European Boxing Championships at the bantamweight. The German boxer moved up to the featherweight, defeated Sweden’s Olympian Klas Harry Wolff in the final and won the host nation’s second title following Kurt Dalchow’s first gold medal at the bantamweight.

Germany’s Jacob Domgörgen was also silver medallist at the 1925 European Boxing Championships as Franz Dübbers. He also moved up one weight class and his previous experiences paid off in the final against Denmark’s Arne Sande who became later two-time Olympian boxer. Domgörgen controlled the first two rounds and following his dominancy, the Danish ringside abandoned their battle in the third.

Romano Caneva arrived from Milan to the venue of the European Boxing Championships and became Italy’s first gold medallist after beating Belgium’s 18-year-old Gustave Roth in the final of the welterweight. Preliminaries were held at the middleweight where the number of participating boxers was more than eight in Berlin. The final winner of the category was Edgar Christensen of Norway who defeated Germany’s Wilhelm Maier.

Hein Müller also trained in Cologne as Franz Dübbers and following his bronze in 1925, he changed that medal into gold in Berlin. The 24-year-old German boxer defeated Netherlands’ two-time Olympian Karen Miljon in the final of the light heavyweight. Müller was killed in action at the Battle of Berlin a few days before the end of the World War II. The last title of the 1927 European Boxing Championships was taken by Sweden’s Nils Ramm who won gold after his silver two years earlier.

List of the winners in the 1927 European Boxing Championships

  • Flyweight (50.8kg): Lennart Bohman, Sweden
  • Bantamweight (53.5kg): Kurt Dalchow, Germany
  • Featherweight (57.2kg): Franz Dübbers, Germany
  • Lightweight (61.2kg): Jacob Domgörgen, Germany
  • Welterweight (66.7kg): Romano Caneva, Italy
  • Middleweight (72.6kg): Edgar Christensen, Norway
  • Light heavyweight (79.4kg): Hein Mueller, Germany
  • Heavyweight (+79.4kg): Nils Ramm, Sweden

In featured image: Nils Ramm (SWE)

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