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Best Boxers of All Time From Italy

Updated on April 10, 2017

Johnny Dundee (Scotch Wop)

Johnny Dundee is the former featherweight and junior lightweight world champion who fought as a lightweight as well.
Johnny Dundee is the former featherweight and junior lightweight world champion who fought as a lightweight as well. | Source

Johnny Dundee (Sciacca, Sicily)

"The Scotch Wop" is a two-time world champ, having won the featherweight and junior lightweight world titles. Johnny Dundee retired from the sport of boxing with a mark reading: 83-32-20 with 17 knockouts on his resume. A light hitter in the ring, Dundee relied on speed, footwork and accurate punching to get the job done.

The best victories in the ring career of Johnny Dundee came against George Chaney, Rocky Kansas, Benny Leonard and Lew Tindler.

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Pete Herman (Kid Herman)

Pete Herman is a two-time bantamweight world champ and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997.
Pete Herman is a two-time bantamweight world champ and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997. | Source

Pete Herman (Convent, LA)

"Kid Herman" is a former two-time bantamweight world champion and he retired with a mark standing at: 61-13-8 with 20 knockouts to his credit. Herman had skills on offense and defense. His jab, footwork and blocking were hallmarks of his defensive game. Kid Herman used jabs to set up quick combinations up and down stairs on his foes.

Pete Herman's top victories came from defeating Kid Williams, Johnny Coulon, Jimmy Wilde and Roy Moore.

Best Italian-American Boxers Ever

Willie Pep
Jake La Motta
Johnny Dundee
Joey Giardello
Lou Ambers
Carmen Basilio
Tony Canzoneri
Rocky Graziano
Rocky Marciano
 
Pete Herman
 
The list above is of American boxers of Italian descent.

Young Corbett 3 (Former Welterweight & Middleweight Champion)

Young Coprbett 3 was a former 147 pound and 160 pound champion who never ducked any challenge in the squared circle.
Young Coprbett 3 was a former 147 pound and 160 pound champion who never ducked any challenge in the squared circle. | Source

Young Corbett 3 (Basilicata, Italy)

Young Corbett 3 was a fast southpaw who is the former welterweight (147 pounds) and middleweight (160 pounds) champion of the world. He retired with a resume standing at: 121-12-22 with 32 stoppage wins. Corbett had limited power but his punches were fast and accurate not to mention his command of the ring with his footwork and timing.

Mr. Corbett's had some big wins but his best bouts were against Jackie Fields, Ceferino Garcia, Mickey Walker and Fred Apostoli.

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Nino Benvenuti (Former Junior Middleweight & Middleweight Champion)

Nino Benvenuti not only won world titles as a pro, as an amateur he won a Gold Medal in the 1960 Olympics.
Nino Benvenuti not only won world titles as a pro, as an amateur he won a Gold Medal in the 1960 Olympics. | Source

Nino Benvenuti (Isola d' Lstria, Italy)

Nino Benvenuti won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics and he was even more successful in the pro ranks. He won the junior middleweight title and the world middleweight championship (twice). Benvenuti left the squared circle with a mark reading: 82-7-1 with 35 wins coming inside the distance. Benvenuti was an overachiever because he was not spectacular in any one area but he was very good in ALL areas.

Mr. Benvenuti's best wins came from beating champions such as Emile Griffith, Don Fullmer, Sandro Mazzinghi and Luis Manuel Rodriguez.

Arturo Gatti (Thunder)

Arturo Gatti took on the best boxers of his era including Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya.
Arturo Gatti took on the best boxers of his era including Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. | Source

Arturo Gatti (Cassino, Italy)

"Thunder" is the former junior lightweight and junior welterweight champion and he left the sport with a resume that reads: 40-9 with 31 stoppages coming before the final bell. A true warrior who had an abundance of heart and power in his early career especially in the left hook. Later in his career he started showing above average boxing skills on offense.

Mr. Gatti's most impressive victories came from topping Gabriel Ruelas, Tracy Harris Patterson, Micky Ward and Jesse James Leija.

Birthplace of Arturo Gatti (Cassino, Italy)

Mike Ballerino (Former Junior Lightweight King)

Before turning to the professional prize ring, Ballerino started his boxing education in the U.S. Army.
Before turning to the professional prize ring, Ballerino started his boxing education in the U.S. Army. | Source

Mike Ballerino (Asbury Park, New Jersey)

Mr. Ballerino is the former junior lightweight (130 pounds) world champion. He retired sporting a mark standing at: 33-30-14 with 5 knockouts on his record. Ballerino was a soft puncher and he had a leaky defense which makes it astonishing that he did as well as did inside the squared circle. Heart, will and stamina can take you along way in this sport.

Mike Ballerino's top wins came against Kid Sullivan, Pepper Martin, Allentown Johnny Leonard and Tony Vaccarelli.

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Primo Carnera (Ambling Alp)

Primo Carnera was the former heavyweight champion in boxing but he later became a wrestler, winning the tag team championship with NWA wrestling.
Primo Carnera was the former heavyweight champion in boxing but he later became a wrestler, winning the tag team championship with NWA wrestling. | Source

Primo Carnera (Sequals, Italy)

"The Ambling Alp" is the former world heavyweight champion and when he retired he sported a record reading: 88-14 with 71 K.O. wins to his credit. Slow of hand and foot, Carnera used his tremendous size and power to win his bouts, usually inside the scheduled distance. One thing about Carnera is that, win or lose, he took on all challengers.

Mr. Carnera's top accomplishments came from defeating Jack Sharkey, Tommy Loughran, Ernie Schaaf and King Levinsky.

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Giacobbe Fragomeni (Gabibbo)

Fragomeni not only won the cruiserweight title as a pro but he also won a bronze medal in the 1997 World Championships.
Fragomeni not only won the cruiserweight title as a pro but he also won a bronze medal in the 1997 World Championships. | Source

Giacobbe Fragomeni (Milan, Italy)

"Gabibbo" is the former WBC Cruiserweight king and he has a record, as of 2017, that stands at: 34-5-2 with 14 wins coming inside the distance. Fragomeni has a solid jab and right hand as well as a descent defense. Even though he has had some big setbacks, Fragomeni seems to still be improving inside the prize ring.

Giacobbe Ftagomeni's most significant victories came from beating Silvio Branco, Rudolf Kraj, Tamas Polster and Toni Visic.

Francesco Damiani (1984 Olympic Silver Medalist)

Francesco Damiani is seen above on the front of a Kayo boxing card in 1991.
Francesco Damiani is seen above on the front of a Kayo boxing card in 1991. | Source

Francesco Damiani (Bagnacavallo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

Mr. Damiani is a silver medal winner from the Olympics and he is the former WBO heavyweight king. Francesco Damiani left the prize ring with a record consisting of: 30 wins, 2 losses with 24 stoppages on his docket. Damiani had pop on his punches and he knew how to box circles around his opponents with sublime skill. The biggest drawback for this Italian was his chin which failed him on several occasions.

Francesco Damiani's top wins came from defeating

Gianfranco Rosi (Former 2-Time Junior Middleweight Champion)

Not only has Rosi had a successful pro career but he had an outstanding amateur career as well , compiling a record of 94 wins, 2 losses and 4 draws.
Not only has Rosi had a successful pro career but he had an outstanding amateur career as well , compiling a record of 94 wins, 2 losses and 4 draws. | Source

Gianfranco Rosi (Umbria, Italy)

Gianfranco Rosi is a two-time junior middleweight (154 pounds) champion of the world and he retired from prizefighting with a mark reading: 62-6-1 with 18 knockouts to his credit. An outstanding resume but it does show his lack of power even though he knew how to keep an opponent honest. A stiff jab and accurate punching on the inside or from the outside has helped him win world titles.

Mr. Rosi's biggest wins came from defeating Lupe Aquino, Darrin Van Horn, Gilbert Dele and Glenn Wolfe.

© 2017 Buster Johnson

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