Who you see pictured here is Hungarian legend Laszlo Papp (27-0-2, 15KO), who was without a doubt one of the greatest Olympic & amateur boxers to ever put gloves on.
The southpaw Papp won 3 Olympic Gold-Medals & put together an extensive career with over 300 wins, fighting his bouts at the Junior-Middleweight and Middleweight ranks. Boxing was outlawed in his native country of Hungary, however he was permitted to turn pro, most likely due to his outstanding pedigree.
Amid difficulties of fighting in the pros due to Hungary’s communist regime and efforts to control Papp, he put together a string of 27 wins and had a Middleweight title shot with Joey Giardelli set up before Hungary’s Government put a halt to his career by denying his requests for an exit visa. The bout was to take place in America, however they refused for that to take place, and action was taken against Papp. Though his pro career was cut short, he still did some quality work, and his amateur accolades stand up there with some of the true greats that have come through the system. With that said, that was enough in due time to get him a berth at the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Here are a list of his accomplishments.
– 3-Time Olympic Gold-Medalist (Middleweight, 2X Junior-Middleweight)
– Amassed a 301-12-6 Record in the Amateur System
– One of the Greatest Amateur Fighters in Boxing History
– Won the European Middleweight Title in 1962
– International Boxing Hall-of-Fame (Inducted in 2001)
SIGNATURE MOMENT – Winning his 3rd Gold-Medal at Light-Middleweight against great future-Champion Jose Torres.
NOTABLE WINS – The aforementioned Jose Torres, who went on to becoming Undisputed Light-Heavyweight World Champion.