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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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  • 1

    Rocky Marciano

    Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)

    BirthplaceBrockton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

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  • 2

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,Italy,England,Wales

    Weight DivisionSuper 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
  • 3

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionMiddleweight

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

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    Arturo Gatti

    Dec. at 37 (1972-2009)

    BirthplaceCassino, Italy

    NationalityCanada, Italy

    Weight DivisionSuper 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 in the ring,...  more
  • 5

    Joey Giardello

    Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionMiddleweight

    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 Joey...  more
  • 6

    Rocky Graziano

    Dec. at 71 (1919-1990)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionMiddleweight

    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 the...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionLightweight

    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 actor and...  more

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  • 8

    Young Corbett III

    Dec. at 88 (1905-1993)

    BirthplacePotenza, Italy

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionWelterweight

    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 the...  more

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  • 9

    BirthplacePalo del Colle, Italy

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionMiddleweight

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  • 10

    Gus Mercurio

    Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, Australia

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  • 11

    Chuck Zito

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceBronx, New York, USA

    NationalityItaly, 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 chapter...  more

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  • 12

    Primo Carnera

    Dec. at 61 (1906-1967)

    BirthplaceSequals, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    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 Champion...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceIzola, Slovenia

    NationalityKingdom of Italy, Italy

    Weight DivisionLight 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 and 1959, and an...  more

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  • 14

    Vincent Gigante

    Dec. at 77 (1928-2005)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    NationalityItaly, 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 family from 1981...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceBensonhurst, New York City, New York

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionWelterweight, 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 as a boxing...  more
  • 16

    Rocky Castellani

    Dec. at 82 (1926-2008)

    BirthplaceLuzerne, Pennsylvania

    NationalityItaly, 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 fought Bobo Olson...  more
  • 17

    Paul Roma

    Age: 59

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

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  • 18

    Rocky Kansas

    Dec. at 61 (1893-1954)

    BirthplaceItaly

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionLightweight

    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....  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceFlushing, New York City, New York

    NationalityItaly, 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 Mormeck, and...  more
  • 20

    Joe Dundee

    Dec. at 79 (1903-1982)

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionWelterweight

    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
  • 21

    BirthplaceCaserta, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    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 boxes...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Weight DivisionSuper 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 medal...  more
  • 23

    Carlo Orlandi

    Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    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 and...  more
  • 24

    Giacomo Bozzano

    Dec. at 75 (1933-2008)

    BirthplaceSestri Levante, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    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 1956 Summer...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceBagnacavallo, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    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 1991, as...  more