Rocky Graziano boxer

Rocky Graziano boxer
bouts
83
won
67
lost
10
draw
6
Status
inactive
Division
middleweight
Debut
1942-03-31
Height
5′ 7″/170cm
Reach
68½″/174cm
Age
71
Born
1919-01-01
Death
1990-05-22
Nationality
USA

Graziano was the son of Ida Scinto and Nicola Barbella. Barbella, nicknamed Fighting Nick Bob, was a boxer with a brief fighting record. Born in Brooklyn, Graziano later moved to an Italian enclave centered on East 10th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A in Manhattan's East Village. He grew up as a street fighter and learned to look after himself before he could read or write. He spent years in reform school, jail, and Catholic protectories. Barbella, who got occasional work as a horseback rider, kept boxing gloves around the house and encouraged Graziano and his brothers to fight one another. When he was three years old, Barbella would make him and his brother, Joe (three years his senior), fight almost every night in boxing gloves. At age 18 he won the Metropolitan A.A.U. welterweight championship. Despite the fame and money that professional fighting seemed to offer, he didn't want to become a serious prize fighter. He didn't like the discipline of training any more than he liked the discipline of school or the Army.Graziano heard from a couple of his friends about a tournament going on with a gold medal for the winner. He entered under the name of Joe Giuliani and was trained by Tobias (Toby) Zaccaria of Kings County (Brooklyn), NY. He fought four matches and ended up winning the New York Metropolitan Amateur Athletic Union Boxing Competition (1939). He sold the gold medal for $15 and decided that boxing was a good way to make cash.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1952-09-17 Chuck Davey WWWDWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOST
Unanimous decision
1952-04-16 Sugar Ray Robinson WWLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOST
KO
1952-03-27 Roy Wouters WLLWLL Auditorium, Minneapolis WIN
Technical knockout
1952-02-18 Eddie O'Neill LLLWLD Jefferson County Armory, Louisville WIN
Technical knockout
1951-09-19 Tony Janiro WLLLWL Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
Technical knockout
1951-08-06 Chuck Hunter LLWLLL Boston Garden, Boston WIN
1951-07-10 Cecil Hudson LLWDWL Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City WIN
Technical knockout
1951-06-18 Freddie Lott LLLWLL Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
KO
1951-05-21 Johnny Greco WWLLWW Forum, Montreal WIN
KO
1951-03-19 Reuben Jones LLWWDW Miami Stadium, Miami WIN
KO
1950-11-27 Honeychile Johnson WWLLWD Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
KO
1950-10-27 Tony Janiro WWDWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
1950-10-16 Pete Mead LWLLLL Arena, Milwaukee WIN
KO
1950-10-04 Gene Burton LWWLLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
1950-05-16 Henry Brimm DLWWLL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
KO
1950-05-09 Vinnie Cidone LWWLWL Arena, Milwaukee WIN
Technical knockout
1950-04-24 Danny Williams WLLLLW Arena, New Haven WIN
KO
1950-03-31 Tony Janiro WLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
Split-decision
1950-03-06 Joe Curcio WLWWWL Miami Stadium, Miami WIN
KO
1949-12-06 Sonny Horne LLWLLL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Majority decision
1949-09-14 Charley Fusari WWWWWW Polo Grounds, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1949-07-18 Joe Agosta WWLLLL Century Stadium, West Springfield WIN
KO
1949-06-21 Bobby Claus WLLLLL Wilmington Park, Wilmington WIN
KO
1948-06-10 Tony Zale WWLWWW Ruppert Stadium, Newark LOST
KO
1948-04-05 Sonny Horne WWLWWW Uline Arena, Washington WIN
Unanimous decision
1947-07-16 Tony Zale WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1947-06-16 Jerry Fiorello LLLLLL Swayne Field, Toledo WIN
Technical knockout
1947-06-10 Eddie Finazzo WWLLLL Fairgrounds Arena, Memphis WIN
Technical knockout
1946-09-27 Tony Zale WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx LOST
KO
1946-03-29 Marty Servo LWLWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1946-01-18 Sonny Horne WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
1945-09-28 Harold Green WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
1945-08-24 Freddie Cochrane WWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
1945-06-29 Freddie Cochrane LWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
1945-05-25 Al 'Bummy' Davis LWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1945-04-17 Solomon Stewart LLLLLL Uline Arena, Washington WIN
KO
1945-03-09 Billy Arnold WWWDWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1944-12-22 Harold Green WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
Majority decision
1944-11-03 Harold Green WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
Unanimous decision
1944-10-24 Bernie Miller LLWLLL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Technical knockout
1944-10-06 Danny Kapilow WWWWWD St. Nicholas Arena, New York DRAW
Points
1944-09-15 Frankie Terry WWWWLL St. Nicholas Arena, New York DRAW
Points
1944-08-14 Jerry Fiorello WWLLWL Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens WIN
Split-decision
1944-07-21 Tony Reno LLWLWL Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Points
1944-06-27 Frankie Terry WWWWWW Dexter Park Arena, Woodhaven, Queens WIN
Technical knockout
1944-06-07 Larney Moore DLLWLL MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn WIN
Technical knockout
1944-05-29 Tommy Mollis WWWWLW Griffith Stadium, Washington WIN
Technical knockout
1944-05-09 Freddie Graham LLLLLL Turner's Arena, Washington WIN
KO
1944-04-10 Bobby Brown WWWWWW Turner's Arena, Washington WIN
KO
1944-03-14 Ray Rovelli LLLWLW Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Points
1944-03-08 Harold Gary WLLLLL Scott Hall, Elizabeth WIN
Points
1944-03-04 Leon Anthony LLLLLL Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1944-02-24 Nick Calder LDLDWW Masonic Hall, Highland Park WIN
KO
1944-02-09 Steve Riggio WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
Points
1944-01-18 Phil Enzenga LLLLLW Westchester County Center, White Plains WIN
Technical knockout
1944-01-07 Jerry Pittro LWWWLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1944-01-04 Harold Gary LLLLLL Grotto Auditorium, Jersey City WIN
Points
1943-12-27 Milo Theodorescu LWWLLL Laurel Garden, Newark WIN
Technical knockout
1943-12-06 Charley McPherson DLLLLW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Points
1943-11-30 Freddie Graham LLLLLL Grotto Auditorium, Jersey City WIN
Points
1943-11-12 Steve Riggio WLDWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
Points
1943-10-27 Charley McPherson WLLLWL Scott Hall, Elizabeth DRAW
Points
1943-10-13 Jimmy Williams LLLLLL Scott Hall, Elizabeth WIN
Technical knockout
1943-10-05 Freddie Graham LLLLLL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1943-09-21 George Wilson LLLLLL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Points
1943-09-10 Joe Agosta WWLWLW Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
Points
1943-08-24 Tony Grey LWDWWL Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens WIN
KO
1943-08-20 Ted Apostoli LWLLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
1943-08-12 Charley McPherson LLLWLW Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Points
1943-07-27 Randy Drew LLLLLW Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens WIN
KO
1943-07-22 George Stevens W Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1943-07-08 Johnny Atteley LW Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Corner retirement
1943-06-24 Frankie Falco WLLLLD Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1943-06-16 Joe Curcio WLWDWD Twin City Bowl, Elizabeth WIN
Technical knockout
1943-06-11 Gilberto Ramirez Vasquez LLLLLL Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1942-05-25 Lou Miller DWWWWL St. Nicholas Arena, New York DRAW
Points
1942-05-12 Godfrey Howell WLLWLD Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Technical knockout
1942-05-04 Eddie Lee LLWLLL St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
KO
1942-04-28 Charles Ferguson WWL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn LOST
Points
1942-04-20 Godfrey Howell WWLLWL St. Nicholas Arena, New York DRAW
Points
1942-04-14 Kenny Blackmar LLLLL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1942-04-06 Mike Mastandrea LWWDLD St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
KO
1942-03-31 Curtis Hightower debut Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Technical knockout