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Graciano Rocchigiani boxer

Graciano Rocchigiani image
Status inactive
Age 54
Division light heavyweight
Height 6′ 1″/185cm
Reach 74½″/189cm
Debut 1983-09-10
Born 1963-12-29
Death 2018-10-02
Nationality Germany
Residence Berlin, Germany
bouts
48
won
41
lost
6
draw
1
bouts
48
won
41
lost
6
draw
1
Status inactive
Age 54
Division light heavyweight
Height 6′ 1″/185cm
Reach 74½″/189cm
Debut 1983-09-10
Born 1963-12-29
Death 2018-10-02
Nationality Germany
Residence Berlin, Germany

Rocchigiani turned professional in 1983 after a successful amateur career in which he won the 1982 German National Amateur championship in the light-middleweight division. In 1988 he captured the vacant IBF super-middleweight title by stopping Vincent Boulware, and defended the title three times before vacating to step up to the light-heavyweight division. Despite becoming European champion, Rocchigiani failed to secure a world title shot at light-heavyweight and moved back down to super-middleweight in February 1994 to challenge WBO champion Chris Eubank in Berlin, Germany, losing a unanimous decision.After boxing to a draw with Frederic Seillier for the European super-middleweight title in December 1994, Rocchigiani moved back up to light-heavyweight to challenge the 26-0 Henry Maske IBF title in May 1995 at the Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen. He lost by a disputed unanimous decision despite having Maske reeling numerous times towards the end of the fight, and lost a rematch later in the year, again by unanimous decision. In August 1996 Rocchigiani lost via disqualification to WBO light-heavyweight title holder Dariusz Michalczewski after hitting Michalczewski on the break during round seven. Michalczewski's prolonged, theatrical reaction to the punch was seen by many as way of getting out of a fight he was losing. Initially the result was a technical draw, later changed to a disqualification.

Rocchigiani turned professional in 1983 after a successful amateur career in which he won the 1982 German National Amateur championship in the light-middleweight division. In 1988 he captured the vacant IBF super-middleweight title by stopping Vincent Boulware, and defended the title three times before vacating to step up to the light-heavyweight division. Despite becoming European champion, Rocchigiani failed to secure a world title shot at light-heavyweight and moved back down to super-middleweight in February 1994 to challenge WBO champion Chris Eubank in Berlin, Germany, losing a unanimous decision.After boxing to a draw with Frederic Seillier for the European super-middleweight title in December 1994, Rocchigiani moved back up to light-heavyweight to challenge the 26-0 Henry Maske IBF title in May 1995 at the Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen. He lost by a disputed unanimous decision despite having Maske reeling numerous times towards the end of the fight, and lost a rematch later in the year, again by unanimous decision. In August 1996 Rocchigiani lost via disqualification to WBO light-heavyweight title holder Dariusz Michalczewski after hitting Michalczewski on the break during round seven. Michalczewski's prolonged, theatrical reaction to the punch was seen by many as way of getting out of a fight he was losing. Initially the result was a technical draw, later changed to a disqualification.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
May 10, 2003 Thomas Ulrich WWLWWW Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart vacant World Boxing Council International Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 10, 2001 Willard Lewis WDLLLL Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln vacant World Boxing Council International Light Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
April 15, 2000 Dariusz Michalczewski WWWWWW Preussag Arena, Hannover World Boxing Organisation World Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Corner retirement
March 21, 1998 Michael Nunn WWWWWW Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg vacant World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight

WIN
Split-decision
March 22, 1997 John Scully WWWLWL Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg vacant World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 10, 1996 Dariusz Michalczewski WWWWWW Wilhelm-Koch-Stadion, St. Pauli World Boxing Organisation World Light Heavyweight

LOSS
DQ
April 6, 1996 Pietro Pellizzaro LLLWLW Stadionsporthalle, Hannover World Boxing Organisation World Light Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Oct. 14, 1995 Henry Maske WWWWWW Olympiahalle, Munich International Boxing Federation World Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 27, 1995 Henry Maske WWWWWW Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund International Boxing Federation World Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 10, 1994 Frederic Seillier WLWWWW Sportforum, Lichtenberg EBU European Super Middleweight

DRAW
Points
Oct. 22, 1994 Willie Kemp LLLLLL Hansehalle, Luebeck EBU European Super Middleweight

WIN
KO
May 28, 1994 Charles Oliver WWWWWW Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 5, 1994 Chris Eubank WWWWDD Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg World Boxing Organisation World Super Middleweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Oct. 15, 1993 Ricky Thomas LLLLLL Sporthalle, Schoeneberg World Boxing Organisation World Super Middleweight

WIN
Points
Sept. 11, 1993 Kevin Whaley-El LLLLLL Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen World Boxing Organisation World Super Middleweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 26, 1993 Lester Yarbrough LLLLLL Sporthalle, Alsterdorf World Boxing Organisation World Super Middleweight

WIN
Points
Sept. 13, 1991 Alex Blanchard LWWWWW Philips Halle, Düsseldorf EBU European Light Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 28, 1991 Crawford Ashley WWWWWW Philips Halle, Düsseldorf vacant EBU European Light Heavyweight

WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 7, 1990 Mike Sedillo WLLWLL vacant EBU European Light Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Sept. 7, 1990 Rodrigo Benech DWWLWW Sporthalle Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg vacant EBU European Light Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Dec. 1, 1989 John Keys WLLLLL Inter-Continental Hotel, Mitte WIN
KO
Jan. 27, 1989 Thulani Malinga LWLWWW Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg International Boxing Federation World Super Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 7, 1988 Chris Reid WLWWDW Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg WIN
Technical knockout
June 3, 1988 Nicky Walker WWWWWW Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg International Boxing Federation World Super Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
March 11, 1988 Vincent Boulware WWWWWW Philips Halle, Düsseldorf vacant International Boxing Federation World Super Middleweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 5, 1987 Mustafa Hamsho WWWWLW Philips Halle, Düsseldorf WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 30, 1987 John Held WLWLWW Kurfurstliches, Mainz WIN
Points
Oct. 17, 1987 Lahcen M'Hamdi LLLLLL Sporthalle, Gifhorn WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 3, 1987 Tommy Taylor WWLWLL Safari Park Variety Hall, Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock WIN
Points
Sept. 14, 1987 Ahmed Laghlali LWLLLL Tennis Stab Verein, Bad Homburg WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 3, 1986 Manfred Jassmann WDWWWW Germany BDB Light Heavyweight

WIN
Points
May 12, 1986 Ian Lazarus WLLWLL Tennishalle, Bad Homburg Germany BDB Light Heavyweight

WIN
KO
March 1, 1986 James Cook WWWLWL Cologne Germany BDB Light Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Nov. 29, 1985 Antoine Alcantara WLLDL Frankfurt Germany BDB Light Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Nov. 8, 1985 Rudiger Bitterling LWLLLL Düsseldorf Germany BDB Middleweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 31, 1985 Moussa Kassongo Mukandjo WDWWLW Charlottenburg Germany BDB Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
April 26, 1985 Steve Johnson LWWWLW Festhalle, Frankfurt Germany BDB Middleweight

WIN
Points
March 9, 1985 Tony Jenkins WWLWWD Düsseldorf Germany BDB Middleweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 1, 1984 Filip Seys WWWLWW Düsseldorf Germany BDB Middleweight

WIN
Points
Oct. 5, 1984 Tony Britton LWWWLW Festhalle, Frankfurt WIN
Points
Sept. 15, 1984 Butangi Nzolameso WLWLLD Dortmund WIN
Points
April 27, 1984 Franz Dorfer LWWWWL WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 24, 1984 Mick Morris WLLDLL Sporthalle, Alsterdorf WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 10, 1984 Mauro Fernandes da Cruz LLLLLL Sporthalle Süd, Frankfurt WIN
Points
Jan. 14, 1984 Chaed Ringo LLLDLL Düsseldorf WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 5, 1983 Jan Lefeber WWWW Mannheim WIN
Points
Oct. 7, 1983 Marnix Heytens LWWLLL Frankfurt WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 10, 1983 Esperno Postl WLLLLL Cologne WIN
Technical knockout