Robert Abbinanti is a former amateur heavyweight boxer. Abbinanti fought in local Chicago amateur events such as the Golden Gloves and Chicago Park District tournaments. Abbinanti is the only known participant to be removed from the Chicago Park District tournament. Allegedly Abbinanti used rough tactics and ended the bout by throwing his opponent out of the ring.
Abbinanti trained at La Follette park in Chicago, and was trained by coach Pat La Cassa.
Abbinanti coached some amateur boxing but was mostly known as a coach for Pop Warner & High School football.