Great Olympians

Biographies - PAP


A. Papadakis

Olympic Competitor nr 2888


Aristidis Papadakis

Olympic Competitor nr 2680


Vasilios Papageorgiou

Olympic Competitor nr 2823


Konstantinos Papagiannoulis

Olympic Competitor nr 2740


Antonios Papagioannou

Olympic Competitor nr 126


Georgios Papakhristou

Olympic Competitor nr 2824


N. Papakostas

Olympic Competitor nr 3001


Ioannis Papapanagiotou

Olympic Competitor nr 2477


Georgios Papasideris

Olympic Competitor nr 26


Eleftherios Papasymeon

Olympic Competitor nr 200


Georgios Papazis

Olympic Competitor nr 2741


Vahran Papazyan

Olympic Competitor nr 2920


Max Pape

Olympic Competitor nr 2787


Jean Papot

Olympic Competitor nr 3065


Papp László

B. 1926-03-25, Budapest, Hungary; D. 2003-10-16
Boxing (3 gold)
1948 1952 1956 HP
Middleweight (-73kg) gold 57600
Light Middleweight (-71kg) gold gold
57600

The outstanding champion in Olympic boxing history. Papp said once that his hardest bout in the Olympics was in the 1948 final against Johnny Wright (GBR). But his peak may well have been his third victory in 1956 against José Torres (USA) who later became world professional light-heavyweight champion. Papp won the European professional middleweight title in 1962 , but he did not receive a passport and was not allowed to leave Hungary to go and fight for a Professional World Title. He was unbeaten when he finally retired.
He combined both technical skill and a powerful punch and succesfully coached the Hungarian teams.
The World Boxing Council made Papp an "Honourary World Champion" in 1989.
He actually moved down weights in his Olympic career, winning the Middleweight in 1948 (-73 kg), the Light Middleweight (-71 kg) in 1952 and '56.


Louis Pappe

Olympic Competitor nr 3823


Written 2000-11-28 - last modified 2011-08-15

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