Clemente Russo

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Clemente Russo
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Born (1982-07-27) 27 July 1982 (age 32)

Clemente Russo (born July 27, 1982 in Marcianise, Italy) is an Italian amateur boxer best known for winning Gold at the 2007 and 2013 World Amateur Boxing Championships at heavyweight (201 lbs limit). He currently boxes for the Italia Thunder team in the World Series of Boxing league. He has also signed up for the new AIBA professional league, the APB, which will launch in autumn 2013.


Russo qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by finishing in second place at the 1st AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. At the Games Russo, who works as a policeman and who hails from Campania, fought at light heavyweight. He ran right into eventual winner Andre Ward from the USA and was eliminated early.

He moved up to the 201 lbs category and exited early at the World championships 2005 and the European championships 2006.

Then he became more successful.

In 2007 he lost the European Championships final to Elias Pavlidis, at the World Championships he easily beat Englishman Daniel Price, 2005 medalist Alexander Povernov (PTS 17:5) and won the quarterfinals against Milorad Gajovic (Montenegro) to qualify for Beijing. He beat Chinese Yushan Nijiati to reach the finals where he edged out Russian top favorite Rakhim Chakkhiev 7:6.

In the 2008 Olympics he won the silver medal, losing the final round and so the competition to Rakhim Chakkhiev.

In the World Series of Boxing he boxes for Italia Thunder team. He received the "Winner WSB Heavyweight Individual World Champion 2011" and "Winner WSB Team World Champion 2012" awards.

Outside of his sport career, in 2011 Russo debuted as an actor in the drama film Tatanka.[1]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Russo again won the silver medal, losing the final to Oleksandr Usyk.[2]

World Amateur Championships results[edit]


  • Defeated Stefan Balint (Romania) 15-10
  • Lost to Magomed Aripgadzhiev (Belarus) 4-14



Olympic results[edit]

2008 (as a heavyweight)

2012 (as a heavyweight)


  1. ^ Alberto Del Giudice (6 May 2011). "Tatanka, da un racconto di Roberto Saviano". GQ. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
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