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Famous Boxers from Italy

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List of famous boxers from Italy, listed alphabetically with photos of the boxers when available. Italy has produced some very talented boxers over the years, including heavyweights, light heavyweights, cruiserweights, featherweights and flyweights. These are some of the best Italian boxers to ever live, so if you're a native of Italy and are aspiring to box professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular boxer from Italy then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list features Alessio Furlan, Clemente Russo and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Italian boxers?" and "Which boxers are from Italy?"

You can click on the names of these legendary boxers of Italy in order to get more information about each one. If you box or just love the sport then use this list of talented Italian boxers to find some new athletes to watch.
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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)

Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), best known as Rocky Marciano (), was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world ...more

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Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 47

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Weight Division: Super middleweight, Light heavyweight

Joseph William Calzaghe, ( kal-ZAH-gee; born 23 March 1972) is a Welsh former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2008. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the ...more

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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 98

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Middleweight

Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, world middleweight champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed "The Bronx ...more

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Arturo Gatti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 37 (1972-2009)

Birthplace: Cassino, Italy

Nationality: Canada, Italy

Weight Division: Super featherweight, Light welterweight

Arturo Gatti (April 15, 1972 – July 11, 2009) was an Italian-Canadian professional boxer who competed from 1991 to 2007. Nicknamed "Thunder," Gatti was known for his heart and bravery ...more

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Joey Giardello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Middleweight

Carmine Orlando Tilelli (July 16, 1930 – September 4, 2008) was an American boxer who was the world middleweight champion from 1963 to 1965, and was better known by his professional pseudonym of ...more

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Rocky Graziano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 71 (1919-1990)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Middleweight

Thomas Rocco Barbella (January 1, 1919 – May 22, 1990), better known as Rocky Graziano, was an American professional boxer who held the World Middleweight title. Graziano is considered one of ...more

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Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 58

Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Lightweight

Raymond Michael Mancini (born March 4, 1961), best known as Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1979 to 1992, and has since worked as an ...more

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Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 88 (1905-1993)

Birthplace: Potenza, Italy

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight

Ralph Giordano (born Raffaele Giordano, May 27, 1905 – July 15, 1993), better known as Young Corbett III, was an Italian-born American boxer. He was the World Welterweight Champion in 1933 and ...more

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Vito Antuofermo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 66

Birthplace: Palo del Colle, Italy

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Middleweight

Vito Antuofermo (Italian pronunciation: [anˌtwɔˈfermo]; born February 9, 1953) is an Italian American actor and retired professional boxer. He is a former undisputed World Middleweight
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Gus Mercurio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

Birthplace: USA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Nationality: United States of America, Australia

Augustino Eugenio Mercurio (10 August 1928 – 7 December 2010) better known as Gus Mercurio, was an American-born Australian character actor who appeared in radio, television and film.
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Chuck Zito is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 66

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Charles Carmine Zito Jr. (born March 1, 1953), is an American actor, amateur boxer, martial artist, celebrity bodyguard, stuntman, former boxing trainer and former president of the New York ...more

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Primo Carnera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 61 (1906-1967)

Birthplace: Sequals, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Primo Carnera (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpriːmo karˈnɛːra]; 26 October 1906 – 29 June 1967), nicknamed the Ambling Alp, was an Italian professional boxer who reigned as the World Heavyweight ...more
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Nino Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 81

Birthplace: Izola, Slovenia

Nationality: Italy

Weight Division: Light middleweight, Middleweight

Giovanni "Nino" Benvenuti (born 26 April 1938) is a retired Italian boxer and actor. As an amateur welterweight boxer he won the Italian title in 1956–60, the European title in 1957 ...more

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Vincent Gigante is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 77 (1928-2005)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Vincent Louis Gigante (; March 29, 1928 – December 19, 2005), also known as "Chin", was a New York Italian-American mobster in the American Mafia who was boss of the Genovese crime ...more
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Paulie Malignaggi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 39

Birthplace: Bensonhurst, New York City, New York

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight, Light welterweight

Paul "Paulie" Malignaggi (; mali-NAH-zhi; born November 23, 1980) is an American retired professional boxer and bare knuckle boxer who competed from 2001 to 2019, and has since worked ...more
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Rocky Castellani is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1926-2008)

Birthplace: Luzerne, Pennsylvania

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Attilio N. "Rocky" Castellani (May 26, 1926 – August 31, 2008) was an American middleweight boxer. He was the top rated contender for the world middleweight crown in 1954 when he ...more
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Paul Roma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 59

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Paul Centopani (born April 29, 1960) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Paul Roma. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling ...more
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Rocky Kansas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 61 (1893-1954)

Birthplace: Italy

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Lightweight

Rocky Kansas was a tough, short (5'2'' tall) former World lightweight champion. He was born Rocco Tozzo on April 21, 1893 in Italy and came to America in 1898. He died on January 10, 1954.
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Vincent Maddalone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 46

Birthplace: Flushing, New York City, New York

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Vincent "Vinny" Maddalone (born December 29, 1973) is an American professional boxer who fights at heavyweight. He has fought former world champions Tyson Fury, Alfred Cole, Jean-Marc ...more
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Joe Dundee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 79 (1903-1982)

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Weight Division: Welterweight

Samuel Lazzaro (August 6, 1903 – March 31, 1982), better known by his boxing alias Joe Dundee, was an Italian-American boxer. He was the brother of Middleweight Champion Vince Dundee. During his ...more
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Clemente Russo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 37

Birthplace: Caserta, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Clemente Russo (born 27 July 1982) is an Italian amateur boxer best known for winning Gold at the 2007 and 2013 World Amateur Boxing Championships at heavyweight (201 lbs limit). He currently ...more
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Roberto Cammarelle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 39

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Weight Division: Super heavyweight

Roberto Cammarelle (born 22 March 1980) is an Italian boxer, best known for winning the World Amateur Boxing Championships in 2007 (Chicago) and 2009 (Milan) as a super heavyweight and a gold ...more
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Carlo Orlandi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Carlo Orlandi (23 April 1910 – 29 July 1983) was an Italian boxer who won a gold medal at the 1928 Olympics. In 1929 Orlandi turned professional. During the 1930s Orlandi held both the Italian ...more
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Giacomo Bozzano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 75 (1933-2008)

Birthplace: Sestri Levante, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Giacomo "Mino" Bozzano (born 12 April 1933 in Sestri Levante - died 21 November 2008) was a former Italian boxer, who won the bronze medal in the Heavyweight division (+ 91 kg) at the ...more
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Francesco Damiani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Age: 61

Birthplace: Bagnacavallo, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Weight Division: Heavyweight

Francesco Damiani (born 4 October 1958) is an Italian former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 1993. He was the first WBO heavyweight champion, having held the title from 1989 to ...more