|Real name||Graciano Rocchigiani|
December 29, 1963 |
|Wins by KO||19|
Rocchigiani turned pro in 1983 after a successful amateur career in which he was the 1982 German light middleweight National Amateur champion. 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.
In 1998, Rocchigiani captured the vacant WBC light-heavyweight title by defeating Michael Nunn by split decision, but was later stripped of the title, with the WBC inexplicably claiming it was only the interim title he won in the first place. A match with WBC title holder Roy Jones was scheduled for November 1998 but was canceled without good reason by Jones' promoter, which prompted Rocchigiani to file a lawsuit.
Rocchigiani again challenged Michalczewski for the Lineal/WBO championship at Preussag Arena, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany in April 2000. By this time Rocchigiani was an aging fighter and despite a strong performance he lost via corner retirement after nine rounds. After a short lived comeback in 2003 after a two year layoff, he retired from boxing.
Although he was a notable champion, Rocchigiani's most significant achievement was his victory in 2003 in the lawsuit against the WBC, in which he was awarded a $31 million judgment for damages over the loss of his light heavyweight title. The court ruling also retroactively declared him champion from when he beat Nunn until his rematch defeat to Michalczewski. When the WBC announced its intentions to dissolve, he settled for an undisclosed sum.
Graciano is the younger brother of former WBO cruiserweight champion Ralf Rocchigiani, who also served as Graciano's trainer during the latter stages of his career.
Professional boxing record
|41 Wins (19 knockouts, 22 decisions), 6 Losses (1 knockout, 5 decisions), 1 Draw |
|Loss||41-6-1||Thomas Ulrich||UD||12||10/05/2003||Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||For vacant WBC International light heavyweight title.|
|Win||41-5-1||Willard Lewis||UD||8||10/02/2001||Neukölln, Berlin, Germany|
|Loss||40-5-1||Dariusz Michalczewski||TKO||10||15/04/2000||Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany||For Lineal/WBO light heavyweight titles.|
|Win||40-4-1||Michael Nunn||SD||12||21/03/1998||Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany||Won vacant WBC light heavyweight title.|
|Win||39-4-1||John Scully||UD||10||22/03/1997||Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany|
|Loss||38-4-1||Dariusz Michalczewski||DQ||7||10/08/1996||St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany||For WBO light heavyweight title.|
|Win||38-3-1||Pietro Pellizzaro||PTS||10||06/04/1996||Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany|
|Loss||37-3-1||Henry Maske||UD||12||14/10/1995||Munich, Bayern, Germany||For IBF light heavyweight title.|
|Loss||37-2-1||Henry Maske||UD||12||27/05/1995||Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||For IBF light heavyweight title.|
|Draw||37-1-1||Frederic Seillier||PTS||12||10/12/1994||Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany||For European super middleweight title.|
|Win||37-1||Willie Kemp||KO||2||22/10/1994||Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany|
|Win||36-1||Charles Oliver||TKO||6||28/05/1994||Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Loss||35-1||Chris Eubank||UD||12||05/02/1994||Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany||For WBO super middleweight title.|
|Win||35-0||Ricky Thomas||PTS||8||15/10/1993||Schoeneberg, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||34-0||Kevin Whaley-El||TKO||6||11/09/1993||Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||33-0||Lester Yarbrough||PTS||8||26/06/1993||Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||32-0||Alex Blanchard||TKO||9||13/09/1991||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Retained European light heavyweight title.|
|Win||31-0||Crawford Ashley||SD||12||28/02/1991||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Won vacant European light heavyweight title.|
|Win||30-0||Mike Sedillo||PTS||8||07/12/1990||Berlin, Germany|
|Win||29-0||Rodrigo Benech||KO||3||07/09/1990||Berlin, Germany|
|Win||28-0||John Keys||KO||2||01/12/1989||Mitte, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||27-0||Thulani Malinga||UD||12||27/01/1989||Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany||Retained IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||26-0||Chris Reid||TKO||11||07/10/1988||Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany||Retained IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||25-0||Nicky Walker||UD||15||03/06/1988||Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany||Retained IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||24-0||Vincent Boulware||TKO||8||11/03/1988||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Won vacant IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||23-0||Mustafa Hamsho||TKO||1||05/12/1987||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||22-0||John Held||PTS||8||30/10/1987||Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany|
|Win||21-0||Lahcen M'Hamdi||TKO||3||17/10/1987||Gifhorn, Niedersachsen, Germany|
|Win||20-0||Tommy Taylor||PTS||8||03/10/1987||Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||19-0||Ahmed Laghlali||TKO||2||14/09/1987||Bad Homburg, Hessen, Germany|
|Win||18-0||Manfred Jassmann||PTS||12||03/10/1986||Berlin, Germany||BDB German light heavyweight title.|
|Win||17-0||Ian Lazarus||KO||8||12/05/1986||Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||16-0||James Cook||PTS||8||01/03/1986||Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||15-0||Antoine Alcantara||KO||2||29/11/1985||Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany|
|Win||14-0||Rudiger Bitterling||TKO||3||08/11/1985||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||BDB German middleweight title.|
|Win||13-0||Moussa Kassongo Mukandjo||UD||10||31/08/1985||Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||12-0||Steve Johnson||PTS||6||26/04/1985||Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany|
|Win||11-0||Tony Jenkins||TKO||6||09/03/1985||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||10-0||Philippe Seys||PTS||8||01/12/1984||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||9-0||Tony Britton||PTS||8||05/10/1984||Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany|
|Win||8-0||Butangi Nzolameso||PTS||6||15/09/1984||Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||7-0||Franz Dorfer||TKO||2||27/04/1984||Berlin, Germany|
|Win||6-0||Mick Morris||UD||4||24/02/1984||Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||5-0||Mauro Hernandez da Cruz||PTS||6||10/02/1984||Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany|
|Win||4-0||Chaed Ringo||TKO||2||14/01/1984||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||3-0||Jan Lefeber||PTS||4||05/11/1983||Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|Win||2-0||Marnix Heytens||TKO||1||07/10/1983||Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany|
|Win||1-0||Esperno Postl||TKO||2||10/09/1983||Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Professional debut.|
- Rafael, Dan., Bankruptcy could spell doom for WBC, USA Today, 2004-06-13, Retrieved on 2007-04-26.
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- Rocchigiani handed assault charge, CNN.com, 2004-12-07, Retrieved on 2007-04-26.
|IBF Super Middleweight Champion
11 March 1988–1989
|Titles in pretence|
Title last held byLen Harvey
|WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
21 March 1998 – April 15, 2000
|Lost bid for WBO title|