Alejandro Lavorante

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Name: Alejandro Lavorante
Born: 1936-10-25
Birthplace: Mendoza, Argentina
Died: 1964-04-01 (Age:27)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 3½″   /   192cm
Reach: 73″   /   185cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Pinky George

Career Review

  • In 1954, Lavorante won the Amateur Argentine Heavyweight Championship.
  • Boxed as an amateur for 3 years.
  • Defeated Alex Miteff by forfeit to win the Argentine amateur Heavyweight Title.
  • Discovered by former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey.
  • Earned a #4 World Heavyweight Rating in the Ring Magazine by knocking out top-rated Zora Folley in a stunning upset.
  • In his prime, Lavorante weighed 209lbs.
  • Noted for his knockout punch and "Hollywood Good-Looks".
  • In 1961, California promoter George Parnassus offered world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson $500,000.00 to fight Lavorante. Patterson wanted 1 million dollars.
  • Made the cover of the November 1961 Ring Magazine.
  • Lavorante was put in a coma, following a September 21, 1962 knockout loss to John Riggins in Los Angeles. He would die nineteen months later in April 1964.
  • The knockout loss to Riggins was Lavorante's third straight. He had been carried out on a stretcher in a knockout loss to Archie Moore, and was subsequently stopped by Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali). Prior to these losses, Lavorante had been ranked as high as #3 in the Heavyweight division, on the strength of his 7th round knockout of Zora Folley.


  • The Ring, November 1961, pages 28-29-54-55: ALEJANDRO LAVORANTE: NEW HEAVYWEIGHT THREAT, by Nat Fleischer.
  • The Ring, September 1961, page 3: NAT FLEISCHER SAYS, by Nat Fleischer.