Birthplace: Dunkirk, New York, USA
Died: 1991-07-07 (Age:68)
Hometown: Buffalo, New York, USA
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Phil Muscato was born on March 15, 1923 in Dunkirk, NY, and is the brother of Joe Muscato and Sam Muscato. He is considered by many the best heavyweight in Buffalo boxing history, ranking second behind Billy Conn by The Ring magazine in the 1940s.
Muscato started his boxing career in the 1939 Buffalo Courier Express Golden Gloves Tournament held at the Broadway Auditorium, fighting as a novice lightweight. He reached the quarterfinals and in 1940 reached the finals in the 147 lb. open class division.
Muscato fought thirty-two main events in Buffalo, drawing thousands of boxing fans to Memorial Auditorium. He holds two of the biggest record drawing crowds at the Buffalo Auditorium: first against Lee Oma on January 28, 1946 where 11,431 fans attended, and then on January 20, 1948 for his bout with Joltin' Joe Matisi, 11,541 fans attended to see Phil Muscato avenge his brother Joe Muscato?s March 27, 1946 loss to Matisi, winning a ten round decision.
In all, Muscato had 78 professional fights. He fought many of the best of his era, including Angel Sotillo, Arturo Godoy, Joey Maxim, Herbie Katz, Lee Savold, Nick Barone, Harry (Kid) Matthews, Archie Moore and Rocky Marciano. He retired in 1950 at the age of twenty-seven after his fight with Matthews.
After his boxing career, Muscato opened The Melody Night Club on Main Street in Buffalo. The business was not too successful and he was forced to file for bankruptcy. He then worked for General Motors as a laborer.
In the late 1960s Muscato was diagnosed as having 'Lou Gerhig's' disease and fought his biggest battle. On July 7th, 1991 he died at the age of sixty-eight.