Leone Efrati

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Leone Efrati

Name: Leone Efrati
Alias: Lelletto
Born: 1915-05-26
Birthplace: Roma, Lazio, Italy
Died: 1944-04-16 (Age:28)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Boxing Record: click

In 1939, Leone Efrati was ranked by the National Boxing Association as the #10 featherweight in the world. He received a title shot for the NBA featherweight crown against Leo Rodak and lost a very narrow decision. It is hard to speculate, but had he won the fight it is likely that the Jewish-Italian Efrati would not have been deported by American authorities and later murdered by the Nazis at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

According to a January 26, 2006 article by Alessandro Ferrarini and Paolo Consiglio: "Efrati was born in Rome on May 16, 1916. He made his pro debut in 1935 but later on he opted to travel to France and to the USA where he enjoyed a decent success. In the USA he was featured in a noteworthy trilogy vs Frankie 'Kid' Covelli, which ended in a 1-1-1 score, and eventually lost a decision to NBA feather champ Leo Rodak in Chicago on December 29, 1938. In 1939 he came back to Italy, whose government was a German ally, and he was eventually deported to Auschwitz. In Auschwitz he was forced to take part in cruel boxing matches, where he fought much heavier opponents for the amusement of the guards. He survived all of this but, when his brother was heavily beaten by the guards, he reacted and took revenge. Nobody beat him up - except for the armed German soldiers: Leone Efrati was killed in Auschwitz on April 16, 1944."

He is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2000).

Fight Record published in La Bibbia del Pugilato, 1979 edition, by Giuseppe Ballarati.