This writer remembers seeing Lee “Italian Stallion” Canalito fight in a couple of his twenty-one fights if memory serves me right. Good looking studd, physically fit and had Angelo Dundee in his corner. Canalito was a lineman at Sterling H.S. in Houston, TX, and was on Parade magazine’s annual All-America H.S. Football Team in 1971. He played defen...

Anthony ‘A1’ Marsella fell into the sport by chance, “boxing was never part of the plan” says the 22 year old Rhode Islander. It began as a desire to be able to defend himself. He went to the gym a couple of times but wasn’t really interested. After going to a local show he was inspired to try again and agreed to enter a local tournament, “I said y...

Roma, maggio 1967: un uomo alto più di due metri scende da un aereo proveniente da New York. Gli restano altezza, orgoglio, anima, poco altro: il volto ormai sembra una maschera, rappresentazione tragica di un fisico devastato dalla malattia. E' persino difficile riconoscerlo, Primo Carnera, lui che è stato il campione del mondo dei pesi massimi. E...

The Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend a dramatic reading of "The Fighting Wagners. A Story of Fighting Through Discrimination in America" Screenplay by Arlene Sparaco, Directed by Roberto Monticello. Thursday, June 29th, 6:30 PM - Italian American Museum - 155 Mulberry Street (Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets) New York, NY...

After the First World War, with the increase in industrialization and well-being, the American people grew increasingly interested in entertainment and sports. The newspapers of that time often titled about the "Jazz Age" and the "Golden age of sports", in an enthusiastic race towards the '20s. Many Italian Americans, especially of second generatio...

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...