Tony Canzoneri

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Tony Canzoneri
Class of 1990
Old Timer Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Tony Canzoneri
Born: 1908-11-06
Birthplace: Slidell, Louisiana, USA
Died: 1959-12-09 (Age:51)
Hometown: New York, New York, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 4″   /   163cm
Reach: 65″   /   165cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Sammy Goldman
Trainers: Dan Florio & Nick Florio
Tony Canzoneri Gallery

Tony Canzoneri fought 18 world champions and six Hall of Famers. He defeated such fighters as Baby Arizmendi, Benny Bass, Jackie (Kid) Berg, Kid Chocolate, Johnny Dundee, Johnny Jadick, Frankie Klick, Jimmy McLarnin, Billy Petrolle, Andre Routis, Battling Shaw, Al Singer and Bud Taylor.

Canzoneri, at age 18, fought Bud Taylor twice for the vacant NBA World Bantamweight Championship in 1927. The first fight was a ten-round draw, and Taylor won the second by a ten-round unanimous decision. Canzoneri also fought a third fight with Taylor in 1927 winning a ten-round unanimous decision. Canzoneri became the second boxer in history to win world titles in three weight divisions when he knocked out Jackie (Kid) Berg in 1931 to win the World Junior Welterweight Championship. At the time, Canzoneri held the World Lightweight Championship, and he had previously reigned as World Featherweight Champion. He was within a shade off being the third boxer in the history of boxing in holding three world championships at one time.

Canzoneri lost two close fights to Barney Ross in 1933 for the World Lightweight and Junior Welterweight Championships. Ross won the first fight by a ten-round majority decision and the second by a fifteen round split decision.

The Ring Magazine named Canzoneri, along with Barney Ross, Fighter of the Year for 1934.

The September 2001 issue of The Ring Magazine ranked Canzoneri as the eighth greatest lightweight of all-time.

In 1999, The Associated Press ranked Canzoneri as the fourth best featherweight, the third best lightweight, and the third best junior welterweight of the 20th century.

Bert Sugar, in his book Boxing's Greatest Fighters, ranked Canzoneri as the 12th greatest fighter of all-time.

Canzoneri was inducted into The Ring Magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame in 1956, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1981, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

External Links

Cyber Boxing Zone Record
Unforgettable Greatness: Tony Canzoneri
Boxing's Greatest Fighters: Tony Canzoneri

http://boxingbiographies.co.uk/html/tony_canzoneri-bb.HTM


Preceded by:
Louis (Kid) Kaplan
Vacated
NYSAC World Featherweight Champion
24 Oct 1927–28 Sep 1928
Succeeded by:
Andre Routis
Preceded by:
Benny Bass
NBA World Featherweight Champion
10 Feb 1928–28 Sep 1928
Succeeded by:
Andre Routis
Preceded by:
Al Singer
World Lightweight Champion
14 Nov 1930–23 Jun 1933
Succeeded by:
Barney Ross
Preceded by:
Jackie (Kid) Berg
World Junior Welterweight Champion
24 Apr 1931–18 Jan 1932
Succeeded by:
Johnny Jadick
Preceded by:
Jackie (Kid) Berg
NBA World Junior Welterweight Champion
24 Apr 1931–18 Jan 1932
Succeeded by:
Johnny Jadick
Preceded by:
Battling Shaw
World Junior Welterweight Champion
21 May 1933–23 Jun 1933
Succeeded by:
Barney Ross
Preceded by:
Barney Ross
Vacated
World Lightweight Champion
10 May 1935–3 Sep 1936
Succeeded by:
Lou Ambers