The greatest Italian boxers ever

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  1. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Honorable mention to Giacobbe Fragomeni who wasn't accomplished enough to bump any of the guys you mentioned of of the list but was a good and fun fighter to watch that started boxing late, had a successful amauter career and then went on to win a Cruiserweight belt in his late 30's.

    The Italian tank certainly gave a prime David Haye a hell of a fight. All in all Fragomeni had a good career considering he didn't have a lot of power and was way undersized for his division. I still think he he should have got the decision over Zsolt Ederi although it was close.
     
  2. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Gatti was a Canadian National. Born in Italy.I'm out.
     
  3. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Don't forget Paolo Rosi, Patrizio Olivo and Young Corbett III
     
  4. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Don't forget about Sumbu Kalambay.
     
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  5. red cobra

    red cobra Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    If you were /are referring to the greatest native born Italian boxer of all time, it's Nino Benvenuti...now CLOSE THREAD
     
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  6. Ken Ashcroft

    Ken Ashcroft Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Rocco Francis Marchegiano.

    Never heard of this boxer but with a name like that, he’s got to be an Italian.
     
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  7. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The one and only! Full Member

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    Well there could be also named Vincenzo Nardiello, Alessandro Duran, Devis Boschiro, Gianluca Branco, Yawe Davis, Andrea Sarizu among others (they had many European champions, maybe the most of all countries, more than British ones).

    Fragommeni might be comparable with Paolo Vidoz. He was about 8 - 9 kilogramme heavier than Erdei, who went in as actual light-heavyweight (just didn't make weight), although he's shorter. The Hungarian dominated the first 4 rounds about (at will), then tired badly, but after he was exhausted, he came back and had in the last 3 - 4 rounds a lead. This was almost like against Sahoune (where had a broken rib, from sparing), but even more tight.
     
  8. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I really expected more out of Vidoz as a pro. In the Sydney games he beat Calvin Brock, Audley Harrison and Sam Peter. He just wasn't the same guy in the pro game. I had the fight with Ederi a lot closer. Fragomeni really impressed me in that fight in particular because I think very highly of Ederi. I really wish Ederi would have fought the other top lightheavyweight at that time. I could see him beating a lot of the top guys with his superior hand speed.
     
  9. Richmondpete

    Richmondpete Guido Full Member

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    Casino is right on the border of calabria/lazio. Don't know much about Lazio but take it from me calabrese are fiercely proud of their roots so if Gatti was claiming that it must be true. My guess is he was born in Lazio because their are very few hospitals in calabria but who knows
     
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    LoadedGlove Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Salvatore Burruni for sure. Luigi Minchillo was a tough handful too. How about the Steccas ?
     
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  11. ron davis

    ron davis New Member Full Member

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    How can anyone forget, Two Ton Tony Galento, he nailed Joe Louis, and Louis was lucky to get up.

    Carmen Bisillo, maybe I didn't spell name correctly, but you know this tough guy.
     
  12. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The one and only! Full Member

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    How could he defeat Harrison in the Olympic Games, when who won the gold medal there (Vidoz bronze)?:dunno

    Who is this?:thinking: You mean Ebo Elder? He competed in Lightweight, Super-Featherweight and Light-Welterweight only. Maybe mixed I up him with Eden Cherry.

    But to Fragommeni I have him on place 15 of the last decade, a little bit behind Toney, Wlodarczyk and Huck; around Afolabi, Maccarinelli and Ramirez. He was lucky against Kraj (Olympic silver medalist in Light-Heavyweight), not the decision was there unfair, but that they went to the score cards without any need; the alleged cause of it was a litttle scratch (no real cut) at the time when the Czech got stronger (in the third quarter). Also was the draw in the first fight vs. Wlodarczyk more or less fair (but not the referee). He's a bit like his fellow-countryman Sanavia.

    On the other hand could have gone the decisions in both fights of Erdei against Garay either way (like Sidorenko vs. Agbeko). But he was badly robbed against Gravchev.

    Other contenders from Italy are Domenico Spada, Vincenzo Cantadore, Emiliano Marisili, Simone Maledrutto, Giuseppe Lauri, Vincenzo Rosito, Brunet Zamora among others.
     
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  13. InMemoryofJakeLamotta

    InMemoryofJakeLamotta Boxing Junkie Full Member

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  14. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    He did lose to Harrison in the Olympics. I typed it wrong on my phone. The other fight I was talking about was his fight with Zsolt Ederi. I guess it is getting lost in translation? I was saying that I thought highly of Zsolt Ederi. The fact that Fragomeni performed so well against him impressed me. He was getting outfoxed early but he never got discouraged and wore down Ederi with his sustained pressure.
     
  15. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Well, one thing we’ve established on this thread is that Bob Fitzsimmons was definitely English.
     
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