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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 Marciano1

    Rocky Marciano

    Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)

    BirthplaceBrockton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), best known as Rocky Marciano...  more

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  • Joe Calzaghe2

    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...  more
  • Jake LaMotta3

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

    Weight DivisionMiddleweight

    Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional...  more
  • Arturo Gatti4

    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...  more
  • Joey Giardello5

    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...  more
  • Rocky Graziano6

    Rocky Graziano

    Dec. at 71 (1919-1990)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionMiddleweight

    Thomas Rocco Barbella (January 1, 1919 – May 22, 1990), better known as Rocky Graziano, was an...  more
  • Ray Mancini7

    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...  more

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  • Young Corbett III8

    Young Corbett III

    Dec. at 88 (1905-1993)

    BirthplacePotenza, Italy

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

    Weight DivisionWelterweight

    Ralph Giordano (born Raffaele Giordano, May 27, 1905 – July 15, 1993), better known as Young...  more
  • Vito Antuofermo9

    BirthplacePalo del Colle, Italy

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Weight DivisionMiddleweight

    Vito Antuofermo (Italian pronunciation: [anˌtwɔˈfermo]; born February 9, 1953) is an Italian...  more
  • 10

    Gus Mercurio

    Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America, Australia

    Augustino Eugenio Mercurio (10 August 1928 – 7 December 2010) better known as Gus Mercurio,...  more
  • Chuck Zito11

    Chuck Zito

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Charles Carmine Zito Jr. (born March 1, 1953), is an American actor, amateur boxer, martial...  more

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  • Primo Carnera12

    Primo Carnera

    Dec. at 61 (1906-1967)

    BirthplaceSequals, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    Primo Carnera (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpriːmo karˈnɛːra]; 26 October 1906 – 29 June 1967), ...  more
  • Nino Benvenuti13

    BirthplaceIzola, Slovenia

    NationalityItaly

    Weight DivisionLight middleweight, Middleweight

    Giovanni "Nino" Benvenuti (born 26 April 1938) is a retired Italian boxer and actor. As an...  more

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  • Vincent Gigante14

    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...  more
  • Paulie Malignaggi15

    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...  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...  more
  • Paul Roma17

    Paul Roma

    Age: 59

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

    Paul Centopani (born April 29, 1960) is an American retired professional wrestler, better...  more
  • Rocky Kansas18

    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...  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...  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,...  more
  • Clemente Russo21

    BirthplaceCaserta, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Clemente Russo (born 27 July 1982) is an Italian amateur boxer best known for winning Gold at...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Weight DivisionSuper heavyweight

    Roberto Cammarelle (born 22 March 1980) is an Italian boxer, best known for winning the World...  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...  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...  more
  • Francesco Damiani25

    BirthplaceBagnacavallo, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Weight DivisionHeavyweight

    Francesco Damiani (born 4 October 1958) is an Italian former professional boxer who competed...  more