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...

100 years after winning the Bantamweight Boxing World Championship, Pete Herman might be the greatest athlete in local history, that many New Orleanians have never heard of. "After a few years, people forget about things like that," Pete Herman's grandson Ralph Marshall said. "But back then, 50 to 100 years back, everybody knew who he was." &...

By Niccolò Graffio "A champion is someone who gets up when he can't." — Jack Dempsey During the time our people have spent living here in America, a number of figures, both real and imagined, have risen from our ranks to achieve icon status.   These figures in turn helped to inspire future generations, either for good or bad. Of all of the...

by Italian American Club of Las Vegas   Ray Boom Boom Mancini exceeded all expectations. Almost 100 people, including Ray's wife and two sons, other boxers and members of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, 10 people from the Arizona American Italian Club, Federated Italo Americano, Sons of Italy and the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club,...

By Gerardo Granados I am a big fan of the middleweight Champion Jake LaMotta, his inside the ring fighting style and on times troubled life outside the ring, are impossible for me to not to follow.   Maybe there a couple of young fight fans who don't know him, perhaps the reader is thinking to skip the article, possibly the older fight fans...

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...