Name: Vince Cervi
Died: 2009-03-09 (Age:41)
Hometown: Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Vince Cervi (The Voodoo Man) was born 22nd November 1966. He weighed around 216 pounds during his career and hailed from the city of Melbourne, Australia.
He started his professional boxing career in 1985 when only 18 years old as a Light Heavyweight/Cruiserweight. His first fight was a 1st round TKO win over Glenn Irvine in Geelong. Next he fought in his home town of Melbourne against Paul Donnelly and again he won by 1st round TKO. Next up he experienced his first loss via a 6 round points decision to Paul James. His next two fights were against Kevin HargreavesFitzroy Central Hall in September 1991, when he outpointed the Melbourne based boxer Steve Hudson with a close decision win. His next fight was against Queenslander []Festival Hall. Cervi won by 1st round KO with a murderous right.
He then fought a rematch with Steve Hudson at Princess Park in Melbourne, on the undercard of Fenech-Nelson II in front of 38,000 fans. The result was a majority points draw over 4 rounds, with two judges scoring it a draw and the third scoring a win for Cervi. In the lead up to that fight Cervi was a sparring partner of Virgil Hill, who was preparing for his fight with Aundrey Nelson. Cervi benefited greatly from sparring with Hill. His next fight was against Theo TsakisTommy Hammer in the first round in West Brunswick, Melbourne.
One month later he fought the classy former Australian Cruiserweight Champion Gary WillsPilua Taito in one round in the Melbourne suburb of Preston. Everyone who doubted him before, were now sitting up and taking notice of the Voodoo man, who packed an extremely powerful punch.
James GrimaJoe BugnerCarrara stadium, Gold Coast in front of 3,500 people. So, Vince Cervi lost his Australian title in his first defence, but he was unlucky for it to be against the vastly experienced Bugner.
After losing his title, Cervi travelled west for his next fight, to beat yet another Queenslander Colin Wilson in Perth, Western Australia by an 8 round points decision. One month later he fought in Melbourne again to KO Matthew Reid in 2 rounds. Next, he travelled north to Nerang, Queensland to fight Colin Wilson again, though this time the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation
Vince Cervi might not have been a world beater, but he did fight and beat the best Australia had to offer, and he has a small place in boxing history by being an Australian Heavyweight champion. Alongside such famous names as: Peter Jackson, Paddy Slavin, Joe Goddard, Bill Squires, Bill Lang, Les Darcy, Dave Sands, and even his own conqueror Joe Bugner, who all held the title at some time.