Horace Gwynne

Horace Gwynne, "Lefty," boxer (b at Toronto 5 Oct 1912). Gwynne left school after grade 8, weighing 65 lb (29.5 kg). When Lefty Gwynne started to grow, he began working out in Stokley's Gym in Toronto to lose weight in order to become a jockey. At 19 he won the Canadian amateur flyweight championship in London, Ont. Lefty Gwynne entered the 1932 Olympic trials as a bantamweight, a class permitting up to 118 lb (53.5 kg); he weighed 116. He won the Canadian amateur bantamweight title, which sent him to the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, despite his having fought only 15 bouts. Lefty Gwynne won the Olympic gold medal match against the German Hans Ziglarski, knocking him down in the second round. Immediately after the Olympics he turned professional. He won the Canadian professional bantamweight title in 1935 and held it until 1939, retiring undefeated. Lefty Gwynne has been inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.