5 Top Italian Boxers
By: Liz Flynn
Although boxing isn’t the first sport that comes to mind when thinking of Italy, this is the country where some of the top boxers in the world were born. Here are five of the top Italian boxers of all time.
1. Rocky Marciano
The best years of Marciano’s career were between 1952 and 1956. During this period, he was the World Heavyweight Champion. Throughout his entire career, he did not face a defeat or bout tie while holding the heavyweight title and he is the only boxer able to claim this. For this reason, he is widely considered the best Italian boxer of all time.
2. Arturo Gatti
Gatti was born in Cassino in Italy but was raised in Montreal, Canada. His nickname is Arturo ‘Thunder’ Gatti. He has been the world champion in two different classes and in championships by two different boxing boards.
3. Young Corbett III
Corbett wasborn in Italy in 1905 but grew up in America. In 1933, he became the world Welterweight boxing campion and progressed to the Middleweight champion in 1938. He is known for his speed rather than the power of his punches. He died in 1993.
4. Primo Carnera
Carnera is one of the best-known Italian boxers as he was the World Heavyweight Champion from 1933 to 1934. His nickname was the Ambling Alp. In his career, he had 88 wins out of 103 fights. He was born in Sequals in Italy in 19o6 and died in 1967.
5. Nino Benvenuti
Giovanni ‘Nino’ Benvenuti is considered the best Italian boxer ever by many sports critics even though he only boxed as an amateur. He had only one loss compared to his 120 wins. He won the gold medal for the Welterweight’s division at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. At the same competition, he was also awarded the Val Baker trophy which is given to the best boxer of the Olympic Games each year.