The Greatest Italian-Americans in Boxing History
Italians have gained great notoriety and fame in the boxing ring. In fact, three of the most famous boxing movies were biographies of Italians: Rocky Graziano (Somebody Up There Likes Me), Jake LaMotta (Raging Bull), and Rocky Balboa (Rocky). OK, that last one was fiction, but here is a short list of famous paisanos who held world championships.
Jimmy “White” Amato
The Greatest of them all!
Rocky Marciano landing a punch on Roland La Starza
Watch Rocky Marciano win the Heavyweight Championship in 1952
Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1952 to 1956. Marciano, 49-0 with forty-three knockouts to his credit (87.8% knockout rate), remains the only heavyweight champion in boxing history to retire undefeated, having won every fight in his professional career.