Ladies and gentlemen, introducing one of professional boxing’s most respected stars outside of the ring. From Chicago, the only Italian-American professional boxing judge in the state of Illinois, always in the neutral corner, is Mauro DiFiore. DiFiore never steps into the ring and he must always maintain strict neutrality. His skills and 50 years...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Paul “Paulie” Malignaggi, a former two-weight World Champion who currently works as a commentator. Paulie tells the story of how he transitioned from Sicily to Brooklyn and had to learn to adapt to the diverse cultures and lifestyles, and how that led him to start his boxing career, desp...

Leone Jacovacci (a.k.a. John Douglas Walker and Jack Walker) was born in 1902 in the village of Pombo in the then Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), the son of an Italian man and a Congolese woman. He was raised in Italy which was rough for him, given that he was bi-racial, and as a result, in his late teens, found himself in Eng...

Paulie Malignaggi, who won world titles in two weight classes and got as much out of his ability as he possibly could, announced his retirement from boxing on Monday -- the 19th anniversary of his first boxing match as an amateur. Malignaggi's announcement, made via social media, came two days after he suffered an eighth-round knockout loss on a br...

Lou Duva, one of the feistiest, most charismatic, colorful characters in boxing history, died at 94 on Wednesday. Duva, whose unforgettable face helped make him famous, spent parts of nine decades in boxing. The patriarch of a family immersed in boxing, his work as a manager and trainer earned him induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fam...

A series of "not-to-be-missed" articles is coming to We the Italians' magazine next spring: 10 special stories dedicated to athletes of Italian origin who had success in many popular sport disciplines in the United States.  From baseball to basketball, from boxing to bowling, from football to golf, from hockey to racing and soccer and wrestling: th...

Two red boxing gloves rest at the center of a big round decal on the floor at the Rocky Club, its logo symbolizing the club's colorful history hosting bouts in a city steeped in boxing lore. This winter afternoon Lawrence-born Dave Bradstreet, 68, tends bar at the social club, affectionately known as "The Rocky."  The large room here at 11 Trinity...

Sport is a very important topic in our trip around the US looking for how, when and where Italians have left positive contributions to the growth of the American society. Sport champions are often true heroes, especially in the US: and some of those heroes have been Italian Americans, inspiring a strong and justified sense of pride in those fellow...

Floriano Pagliara, The popular Italian from Cecine Italy and now residing in Williamsburgh Brooklyn will take on slick moving Antwan Robertson from Minnesota USA   Pagliara has held title belts as the IBF Mederteranian Champion and Italian Federation in the Jr. Lightweight Division.   Read more   Source: http://www.worldbo...

by Maria Papadopolous   Todd Petti wasn't even born yet, but he talks about the day 60 years ago when boxing legend Rocky Marciano retired as if he were there. Marciano, who grew up in Brockton and always called the city his hometown, compiled a boxing career record of 49-0 with 43 knockouts. The heavyweight boxer was undefeated when he...