PAPP Lazlo (1926) Hungary / Boxing
The Hungarian boxer Papp is the first champion in his country to be allowed to turn professional, so brilliant was his domination in the amateur world. After becoming middle weight Olympic champion in London in 1948, he was again twice crowned in the super welter weight category in Helsinki in 1952 and in Melbourne four years later.Papp's career continued until the early 1960s, when he won the European championship. After 32 professional fights and as many victories he hoped to fight for a world champion's belt. Unfortunately he did not win the title of world champion, so his permission to box as a professional was withdrawn. He thus became coach of the Hungarian team.