Name: Francesco Damiani
Birthplace: Bagnacavallo, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Hometown: Bagnacavallo, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Height: 6′ 3″ / 190cm
Boxing Record: click
Manager: Umberto Branchini
Trainer: Elio Ghelfi
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- 1980 Italian Super Heavyweight representative at the Moscow Olympics. Results:
- 1981 European Super Heavyweight Champion
- 1982 Super Heavyweight Silver Medalist at the World Championships. Results:
- 1984 Super Heavyweight Silver Medalist at the Los Angeles Olympics. Results:
- Knocked out Johnny DuPlooy in three rounds to become the first WBO Heavyweight Champion on May 6, 1989. Since Mike Tyson was the undefeated WBA/WBC/IBF World Heavyweight Champion at the time, Damiani's WBO title was given little respect.
- Lost the WBO title to Ray Mercer by a ninth-round TKO on January 11, 1991.
- When Mike Tyson pulled out of his November 8, 1991 fight against Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield due to a rib injury, Damiani was chosen as his replacement. The fight was to take place on November 23, but Damiani withdrew a week before the fight because of an ankle injury. Bert Cooper replaced Damiani.
- Retired after an eighth-round TKO loss to Oliver McCall on April 23, 1993.
| WBO Heavyweight Champion
1989 May 6 – 1991 Jan 11