Francesco Damiani

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Francesco Damiani
Real name Francesco Damiani
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality Italian
Born (1958-10-04) October 4, 1958 (age 56)
Bagnacavallo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 30
Wins by KO 24
Losses 2
Draws 0
Francesco Damiani
Medal record
Men’s Boxing
Competitor for  Italy
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place Los Angeles 1984 Super Heavyweight
World Amateur Championships
Silver medal – second place Munich 1982 Super Heavyweight
European Amateur Championships
Gold medal – first place Tampere 1981 Super Heavyweight
Gold medal – first place Varna 1983 Super Heavyweight

Francesco Damiani (born October 4, 1958 in Bagnacavallo) is an Italian former boxer who won the silver medal at the 1982 World Championships and at the 1984 Summer Olympics. As a professional, he was the first WBO heavyweight champion.


He participated at 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, where he lost to the eventual silver medalist Piotr Zaev in the quarter-finals. The following year he won the European Amateur Championships in Tampere. At the 1982 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Munich, he beat the legendary Teofilo Stevenson but lost to Tyrell Biggs in the final. In 1983 in Varna he became European champion for the second time, beating Ulli Kaden. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles he again lost to Biggs in the final, despite Biggs' home crowd booing at the judges decision who believed Damiani won the contest (since he threw more punches and was moving forward for most of the contest) which led to the leading BBC Boxing commentator Harry Carpenter, who was commentating for the BBC sport Olympic coverage, to say that " the worst boxing decision in all my years of boxing commentating". Francesco Damiani was the Italian boxing team coach for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games held in London,United Kingdom.[1]

Olympic results[edit]


  • Defeated Teodor Pîrjol (Romania) 4-1
  • Lost to Piotr Zaev (Soviet Union) 0-5


  • 1st round bye
  • Defeated Willie Isangura (Tanzania) RSC 2
  • Defeated Robert Wells (Great Britain) RSC 3
  • Lost to Tyrell Biggs (United States) 1-4


Damiani began his pro career on a tear, with 27 consecutive victories over limited opposition. He defeated Tyrell Biggs in a rematch of their Olympic meeting, stopping him on a cut, and then won the newly created WBO Heavyweight title with a 3rd round KO victory over Johnny DuPlooy on May 6, 1989. Damiani hit a brick wall when he took on 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Ray Mercer in 1991 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Damiani was ahead on points but went down after a Mercer left uppercut broke his nose, and he was counted out by the referee in the 9th round.

Damiani would come back in 1992 to take a decision over former champion Greg Page, but was KO'd in the following bout in 1993 by Oliver McCall, ending his career.

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (24 knockouts, 6 decisions), 2 Losses (2 knockouts, 0 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 21-5 United States Oliver "Atomic Bull" McCall TKO 8 23/04/1993 Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:09 of the eighth round.
Win 35-10 United States Greg Page UD 10 12/09/1992 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 95-93, 95-93, 95-93.
Win 42-12-3 United States Michael Greer KO 1 22/04/1992 New Jersey East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Greer knocked out at 3:00 of the first round.
Win 22-6 United States Frankie "The Tennessee Stud" Swindell PTS 8 07/03/1992 Italy Fano, Marche, Italy
Loss 16-0 United States "Merciless" Ray Mercer KO 9 11/01/1991 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBO World Heavyweight Title. Damiani knocked out at 2:47 of the ninth round.
Win 17-10-1 United States Everett "Bigfoot" Martin KO 2 20/10/1990 Italy Cesena, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Win 17-10-1 Canada Tony "Kid" Morrison KO 3 02/06/1990 Italy Pavia, Lombardia, Italy
Win 19-0-1 Argentina Daniel Eduardo Neto TKO 2 16/12/1989 Italy Cesena, Emilia Romagna, Italy WBO World Heavyweight Title.
Win 22-2-1 South Africa Johnny du Plooy KO 3 06/05/1989 Italy Syracuse, Sicily, Italy WBO World Heavyweight Title.
Win 31-7-2 Germany Manfred Jassmann KO 3 17/12/1988 Italy Sassari, Sardegna, Italy EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 15-1 United States Tyrell Biggs TKO 5 29/10/1988 Italy Milan, Lombardia, Italy Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the fifth round.
Win 11-0 Netherlands John Emmen TKO 3 22/04/1988 Italy Milan, Lombardia, Italy EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 12-7-1 United States Dorcey Gaymon KO 4 22/01/1988 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16-3-1 Sweden Anders Eklund KO 6 09/10/1987 Italy Aosta, Valle d'Aosta, Italy EBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 12-7 United States Eddie Richardson PTS 10 11/07/1987 Italy Corsico, Lombardia, Italy
Win 20-3 United States James "Broad Axe" Broad UD 10 11/04/1987 Italy Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy 99-95, 99-95, 99-95.
Win 24-2-1 United States Eddie Gregg TKO 1 14/02/1987 Italy Lucca, Toscana, Italy WBC International Heavyweight Title.
Win 8-5 United States Rodney "King" Smith TKO 2 19/12/1986 Italy Ancona, Marche, Italy
Win 13-1-1 United States Kevin P Porter TKO 5 14/11/1986 Italy San Giuseppe Vesuviano, Campania, Italy
Win 18-5 United States Rocky Sekorski PTS 10 19/09/1986 Italy Lerici, Liguria, Italy
Win 16-5 United States Donnie "Master of Disaster" Long KO 2 04/07/1986 Italy Porlezza, Lombardia, Italy
Win 24-10 United States Danny "Smiley" Sutton TKO 7 30/05/1986 Italy Abano Terme, Veneto, Italy
Win 16-11-2 United States "Smokin" Mike Perkins TKO 5 02/04/1986 New Jersey Totowa, New Jersey, United States
Win 22-8-1 United States Tom Trimm KO 2 14/02/1986 Italy Milan, Lombardia, Italy
Win 22-7-1 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 6 31/01/1986 Italy Abbiategrasso, Lombardia, Italy
Win 25-7-5 Spain Felipe "Pantera de Arosa III" Rodriguez TKO 5 28/09/1985 Italy Sassari, Sardegna, Italy
Win 14-11-1 United States Rick "King Kong" Kellar TKO 1 13/07/1985 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:26 of the first round.
Win 20-17 United States Walter Santemore PTS 6 29/06/1985 Italy Bellaria, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Win 3-14-1 United States Larry Roberson TKO 1 17/05/1985 Nevada Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win 15-10-2 Luxembourg Dragomir Milo Popovic TKO 6 20/04/1985 Italy Ceriale, Liguria, Italy
Win 16-8-3 Germany George Butzbach TKO 2 08/03/1985 Italy Modena, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Win 0-1 Ivory Coast Allou Gobe TKO 3 05/01/1985 Italy Perugia, Umbria, Italy


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Preceded by
Inaugural champion
WBO World Heavyweight Championship
6 May 1989–11 January 1991
Succeeded by
Ray Mercer