Name: Laszlo Papp
Alias: Laci Papp
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 2003-10-16 (Age:77)
Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
Height: 5′ 5″ / 165cm
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- In a 1988 Boxing Illustrated poll, Laszlo Papp was selected as the second greatest Olympic boxer of all-time.
- In 1989, WBC President Jose Sulaiman gave Papp an award for "best amateur and professional boxer of all times" and granted him honorary champion status of the World Boxing Council. (Soulaiman's handwritten words)
- Papp was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001.
- Olympic Gold Medalist: 1948 in London (middleweight), 1952 in Helsinki (light middleweight), and 1956 in Melbourne (light middleweight).
- European Champion: 1949 in Oslo (middleweight) and 1951 in Milan (light middleweight).
- Scored 55 first round knockouts.
1948 London, England
- Defeated Valfrid Resko (Finland) KO 2
- Defeated Jean Welter (Luxembourg) KO 1
- Defeated Auguste Cavignac (Belgium) KO 1
- Defeated Ivano Fontana (Italy) 3-0
- Defeated Johnny Wright (England) 3-0
1952 Helsinki, Finland
- Defeated Spider Webb (United States) KO 2
- Defeated Charlie Chase (Canada) KO 2
- Defeated Petar Stankoff Spassoff (Bulgaria) 3-0
- Defeated Eladio Oscar Herrera (Argentina) 3-0
- Defeated Theunis Jacobus van Schalkwyk (South Africa) 3-0
1956 Melbourne, Australia
- Defeated Alberto Saenz (Argentina) KO 3
- Defeated Zbigniew Pietrzykowski (Poland) 3-0
- Defeated Jose Torres (USA) 2-1
Although professional boxing was outlawed in Hungary, Papp turned professional in 1957 and set up camp in Vienna, Austria. He won the European Middleweight Championship in 1962 and made six title defenses. Papp was on the verge of a shot at the World Middleweight Championship when the Communist government of Hungary revoked his permit to travel abroad, thus ending his professional career.