Francesco Ricchi carries the Italian flag with pride. Ricchi was born in Naples, Italy. Although he moved to the United States with his family when he was seven years old, he’s very proud of his Italian roots, and tries to make it back to his country of origin as much as possible. “I’ve adapted to the American culture, of course, but I still feel v...

With the Great Depression and Second World War firmly in its rear-view mirror, the 1950s saw the United States of America finally transition into a state of normality. Poverty had evolved into prosperity, radios made way for TVs and most importantly, life, which had been rife with uncertainty, was simple again.  It was an age that embodied the Amer...

Practically until the end of his life, Les Bonano was engaged in his passion for boxing. Just days before he died Sunday at age 79, Bonano completed negotiations with Don King for Jonathan Guidry of Dulac to fight for the NABF heavyweight championship on June 11 in Miami. “I’m not doing too good, but we were able to make the deal because King likes...

The team at Hardcore Italians, led by Mike Carioscia Jr., a Shopify expert and brand builder, has added another feather to their hat as the entertainment website was recently recognized at the “Night At The Fights,” an event hosted by the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHOF) in Chicago. The historic night, which was the first box...

Lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will be the guest of honor at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame’s Night at the Fights on May 5 at the Des Plaines Theatre. Olympic medalist Antonio Tarver, Junior Welterweight champ Paul “Paulie” Malignaggi and WBC Lightweight champ David Diaz will also attend, and entertainment will be p...

First-generation, Italian American Jake LaMotta is remembered for his hall of fame boxing career, securing the middleweight championship in spectacular fashion at Madison Square Gardens in NYC on June 16, 1949.  LaMotta survived a turbulent upbringing in the Bronx, experiencing a rough, seedy and even criminal early life as a teenager and into his...

New York columnist Mel Heimer met Brooklyn middleweight Jerry Fiorello about a week before Fiorello died, near the end of September, 1947. Fiorello was 29 years old. They met in Ann Lano’s dance studio on Madison Avenue. Heimer described Fiorello as being a physical impressive guy with “big shoulders” and “big hands.” He had “dark, curly hair and t...

A skilled slugger, a contender before his 20th birthday, and one of the great boxing champs of the 1920s and 30s. Tony Canzoneri, a Louisiana native, turned pro at 16 and quickly took on seasoned competitors. By 22, he was already a two-time world champ, and by 23, Canzoneri was considered the best fighter, pound-for-pound, in the world. Fearless,...

Sonny Conto’s image is larger than life on the casino’s gigantic LED promotional board, towering over traffic on a busy stretch of Packer Avenue. His feet are fast. His punches are powerful, but the South Philly heavyweight boxer’s personality could light up that board on its own during a power outage.   Conto is undefeated as a professional boxer...

Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions has contacted Connecticut native John Scully, a former boxer and longtime trainer. Scully is training Band of Brothers actor James Madio to play Willie Pep, the late great featherweight champion who grew up in Hartford and Middletown. The Iceman, John Scully won Outstanding Boxer awards in 1987 and 1988 an...