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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)
Rocky Marciano was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Marciano is the only person to hold the heavyweight title without ...more
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Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 47
Joseph William "Joe" Calzaghe, CBE is a retired Welsh professional boxer. He is a former WBO, IBF, WBC, WBA & The Ring Super Middleweight Champion and The Ring Light Heavyweight ...more
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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 98
Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta, nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" and "The Raging Bull," is an American retired professional boxer and former World Middleweight Champion. He was ...more
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Arturo Gatti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 37 (1972-2009)
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti was an Italian-born Canadian professional boxer. Born in Cassino, Italy and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Gatti relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey as a ...more
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Joey Giardello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)
Carmine Orlando Tilelli was an American boxer who was the middleweight champion of the world from 1963 to 1965, and was better known by his professional pseudonym of Joey Giardello.
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Rocky Graziano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 71 (1919-1990)
Thomas Rocco Barbella, better known as Rocky Graziano, was an American boxer. Graziano was considered one of the greatest knockout artists in boxing history, often displaying the capacity to ...more
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Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 58
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini is a retired American boxer. He held the World Boxing Association lightweight championship from 1982 to 1984. Mancini inherited his distinctive nickname from ...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)
Young Corbett III was an Italian-born American boxer. Regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, he was the world Welterweight boxing champion in 1933 and the Middleweight champion in ...more
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Gus Mercurio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)
Augustino Eugenio "Gus" Mercurio was an American-born Australian character actor who appeared on both film and television.
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Chuck Zito is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 66
Charles "Chuck" Carmine Zito, Jr., 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) 11 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 61 (1906-1967)
Primo Carnera, nicknamed the Ambling Alp, was an Italian professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from June 29, 1933, to June 14, 1934.
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Nino Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 81
Giovanni Benvenuti, better known as Nino Benvenuti, is an Italian former boxer who is considered by many, including noted boxing writer Brian Doogan, to be the greatest boxer ever from Italy. At ...more
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Vincent Gigante is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 77 (1928-2005)
Vincent Louis Gigante, also known as "Chin", was a New York Italian-American mobster in the American Mafia who was boss of the Genovese crime family from 1981 to 2005. Gigante started ...more
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Paulie Malignaggi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 39
Paul "Paulie" Malignaggi is an American professional boxer of Italian descent. He is a former IBF Light Welterweight and WBA Welterweight Champion. His nickname is "Magic ...more
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Rocky Castellani is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1926-2008)
Attilio N. "Rocky" Castellani was an American boxer. He was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, to Attilio Castellani and Rose Isopi Castellani, who later moved to Margate City, ...more
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Paul Roma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 59
Paul Roma is an American professional wrestler who is known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. He worked primarily as a tag team wrestler alongside ...more
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Rocky Kansas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 61 (1893-1954)
Rocky Kansas was a tough, short former lightweight champion of the world. 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) 18 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 46
Vincent Maddalone is an American boxer and is a fringe contender in the heavyweight division. Maddalone, a hard-hitting brawler, turned pro in 1999 and is a popular fighter who is often featured ...more
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Joe Dundee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 79 (1903-1982)
Samuel Lazzaro, better known by his boxing alias Joe Dundee, was an American boxer. He was the brother of Middleweight Champion Vince Dundee. During his career, he was recognized as the World ...more
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Clemente Russo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 37
Clemente Russo is an Italian amateur boxer best known for winning Gold at the 2007 and 2013 World Amateur Boxing Championships at heavyweight. He currently boxes for the Italia Thunder team in ...more
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Roberto Cammarelle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 39
Roberto Cammarelle is an Italian boxer, best known for winning the World Amateur Boxing Championships in 2007 and 2009 as a super heavyweight and a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in ...more
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Carlo Orlandi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)
Carlo Orlandi was an Italian boxer who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics. In 1928 he won the gold medal in the lightweight class after winning the final against Stephen Halaiko. Orlandi was a ...more
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Giacomo Bozzano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 75 (1933-2008)
Giacomo "Mino" Bozzano was a former Italian boxer, who won the bronze medal in the Heavyweight division at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. He lost to Lev Mukhin of ...more
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Francesco Damiani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
age 61
Francesco Damiani is an Italian former boxer who won the silver medal at the 1982 World Championships and at the 1984 Summer Olympics. As a professional, he was the first WBO heavyweight
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Sandro Lopopolo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boxers from Italy
Dec. at 75 (1939-2014)
Alessandro "Sandro" Lopopolo was an Italian 1959 amateur featherweight and 1960 amateur lightweight boxing champion, and also world boxing champion in the light welterweight division ...more