New Haven was home to legendary Italian-American boxers

May 12, 2015 1089

By Erik Dobratz

Branford High School social studies teacher and track coach Rich Biondi loves teaching and coaching, but boxing really fires him up, specifically Italian boxers from New Haven. "I never really thought I'd write a book, but I did it," he said.

Two books to be exact: "Pugilistic Paisani: A Concise History of the Italian and Italian-American Boxing Champions," and a supplement to, "Elm City Italians: The Italian-American Prizefighters from New Haven." "I interviewed over 400 boxers, managers, trainers, family members," the North Haven native said.

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