1960 is considered the most important year of the 19th century for the city of Rome. After two unsuccessful attempts, in 1904 and 1908, the Eternal City succeeded in organizing the Summer Olympics, the biggest sports and media event in the world. From August 25th to September 11th, 5338 athletes from 83 nations participated in the 150 competitions...

Even for the layman, names like Jake LaMotta, Muhammed Ali, and Mike Tyson ring a bell when it comes to boxing. All three pugilists spent time training and fighting at Gleason’s Gym at 434 Westchester Avenue in the Bronx. I myself had never heard of the facility until conducting research for this article, and certainly had no idea of its deep link...

Arturo Gatti was one of the most electrifying boxers to ever step foot in the ring. He was beloved in the Italian-American community not just for his knockout ability, but for the way he lived life to the fullest. Despite constantly getting punished in the ring, Gatti always had a smile on his face. That’s why the boxing world was shocked to its co...

Known as The Raging Bull, or “the Bronx Bull for his aggressive fighting style, Giacobbe LaMotta grew up in the Bronx where he honed his boxing skills. The son of Sicilian immigrant Giuseppe LaMotta and Elizabeth LaMotta, Asa child, he was encouraged by his father to fight other neighborhood children as adult spectators would throw change into the...

You know, amid this Coronavirus carnage here in Italy over the past couple of months it got me thinking about New York boxing great Cus D’Amato. A boxing titan who’s family originally hailed from Italy. My thoughts have been with the good people of New York in recent weeks during this devastating time for humanity over there. Cus was a proud New Yo...

Sixty years ago Italy, in particular its capital, Rome, showed itself to the world in all its modernity. Fifteen years after the end of the Second World War, the Bel Paese had closed most of the wounds of the atrocious war and launched itself towards the famous economic boom of the 1960s. It was a sport event to give impetus to this period of rebir...

Each week, so many of you turn to Page 6 of the Daily Herald's Time Out! section to see which rock 'n' roller backstage story I will have. But my behind-the-scenes escapades are not solely limited to the field of music. There are many "celebs" from other worlds with whom I happen to cross paths on a regular basis. Especially in sports! You have hea...

Some historians have called the 1950s the greatest period of peace and prosperity in America: The 1950s represented a golden era of achievement, undergirded by an affirming age of simplicity, when homespun, working values and patriotism were at an all-time high for the multitudes of multicultural, multiethnic makeup of its citizenry. America was a...

Thwacks and thumps echo through the hallway of the 17th century church in a neglected Naples neighborhood as 21-year-old Nico Rodrigues and 20 other youngsters go through their paces in the boxing ring. Rodrigues is one of 60 young people who have found an escape from the local area’s harsh streets in the boxing project founded a year ago by Father...

A public ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 30, in Newton, to honor the memory of legendary world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano, who died in a plane crash here 50 years ago.  A large information sign will be dedicated, with a large rock sitting next to it stating Rocky’s record of 49-0, with 43 knockouts. Iowa Governor Ki...