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." &...

Long before "Rocky Balboa" and Sylvester Stallone of "Rocky" fame, there was a long list of Italian Americans in boxing, including a few from Connecticut. The three "local" guys, Middletown native and Hartford hero Guglielmo Papaleo, better known as "Willie Pep," Bridgeport's Luigi Buccassi, professionally known as "Lou Bogash" and Hartford's...

On June 21, 2015 Gleason's Gym celebrates the influence boxing has on Italians and Italian-Americans from the 1900s to today. It was in 1937 that Peter Robert Gagliardi decided to open up a boxing gym that would later create history. Because he lived in a predominantly Irish area of New York, Gagliardi changed his name to Bobby Gleason to gain...

by Dave McNaryJeremy Renner will star in a biopic about boxer Rocky Marciano. "Undefeated: The Rocky Marciano Story" is produced by Morris S. Levy, and written by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Levy is seeking a director. His Mega Films own the rights to the life story, as told by his younger brother Lou Marciano.   "Undefeated: T...

Veteran boxing manager John Seip has signed highly decorated Italian amateur boxer Daniele Marco Scardina to an exclusive managerial contract. Seip is best known for guiding Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin to the World Boxing Organization (WBO) world middleweight title. The native New Yorker also manages rising British super middleweight Steed "...

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...

21 Jun 2015, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. La storia della boxe è da sempre strettamente connessa a quella degli emigrati e in particolare degli italiani arrivati a New York. Nella sede della storica Gleason's Gym, un evento organizzato da New York Italians in collaborazione con Fordham University e la partnership de La VOCE di New York, riunisce ca...

The victory of the US Open by Italian tennis player Flavia Pennetta has been on everyone's lips since Saturday 12th September, when she met her rival and compatriot, Roberta Vinci, making history as it was the first time an Italian woman reached the singles final of the US open and that two Italian women met in the final. If Pennetta previously bea...

By Rolando Vitale   HERE are some greats who just missed the cut. These include explosive knockout artist Rocky Graziano best remembered for his slugfest trilogy with Tony Zale which rank as the most savage duels ever witnessed inside a boxing ring.   Harry Jeffra, a two-weight champion, beat great bantamweight Sixto Escobar of Puerto...

by Lisa Reisman   Branford high school track coach Richard Biondi never set out to write "Pugilistic Paisani," a history of Italian and Italian American boxing champions.   Then, on a visit to Cleveland's Little Italy Heritage Museum in 2000, he met a volunteer in her mid-80s. They got to talking. At some point Biondi asked her about...